Voltron: Fleet of Doom
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Voltron: Fleet of Doom is a 1986 animated feature, and as such, has dated animation and sound effects, as well as frequent violence. In one scene, one of the main characters finds himself in a nightmarish realm -- walking through a body of water that looks like blood while trying to escape from various hideous-looking monsters. For those unfamiliar with the Voltron series, the relative complexity of the storyline and the large cast of characters could make this film difficult to follow. Overall, though, the biggest concern is the cartoon violence: characters and space ships do battle with laser rays, causing constant explosions and panic.
What's the story?
King Zarkon (Jack Angel) and Viceroy Throk have joined forces, creating a Fleet of Doom determined to bring destruction to the Galaxy Alliance. Their new alliance brings an overpowering number of spaceships, taking out power bases and outposts crucial for the Galaxy Alliance's survival. Meanwhile, Princess Allura has been captured by the evil Haggar, and Keith (Neil Ross) is trapped in a world of his own nightmares. The only hope lies in the two Voltrons -- Lion Force and Vehicle Force -- joining forces to put a stop to this evil once and for all.
Is it any good?
Time has not been kind to Voltron, and matched with the annoying voices of the characters and the complicated storyline, this particular episode is best enjoyed by superfans of the show. Parents who were tweens and younger in the '80s might remember the syndicated television series Voltron. What should be immediately striking to those parents (and especially their kids) who watch VOLTRON: FLEET OF DOOM is how dated the animation and sound effects are.
The cartoon violence is also problematic, as there are seemingly never-ending explosions and laser rays firing at constant intervals. While the violence isn't gory, the scary world the character Keith finds himself in -- with bloody water and terrifying monsters -- is, for younger viewers and more sensitive viewers, a nightmare waiting to happen.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about 1980s cartoons. What are the similarities and differences to cartoons from today?
What are some ways in which this animated feature seems dated? What do you think a modern version of this story would look like?
Did you find this story easy to follow? Why or why not?