Family TV-time is something that’s never been a “thing” in our house. Even before I took to the air with my new career: the kids had their shows, my wife enjoyed her Discovery/Food channel addictions, and I never really watched TV (still don’t). However, we were cooped-up together in a hotel room for the past month and we needed more ways to entertain the little-uns.
We obtained all 50-some-odd original episodes and we started watching them (1 or 2 a night) on the king-sized bed together. First of all, my kids love ‘em! My son roars and opens his hand like a lion mouth. My daughter loves the princess and the space mice. They “play Voltron” together with their stuffed animals or at the park. Sometimes, they wake up in the morning and ask if it’s time to watch Voltron.
For me, the dialog is atrocious (probably a combo of bad translation and poor writing), but that part is forgivable. The story is weak and full of holes/forehead-slappers. Despite these shortcomings, Voltron oozes cool.
Space Opera? You know I’m a sucker…
Character Development? The princess is actually quite developed for a cartoon character (and she changes as the story goes along – good stuff).
Space Mice = better than most Disney comic relief. Plus, they save the universe in several episodes.
Robotic Lions? Fuck, yeah!
I find myself looking forward to Voltron every day while I’m out here in Washington. Today’s cartoons (for the most part) just can’t measure-up – they either try to teach too much or they take themselves far too seriously. Lighten up! If I want heady entertainment, I’ll go read a book. If I want to learn something, well, I guess I’d go read a book for that too (or ask The Goog). Voltron brings me back to a simpler time, and I must admit – I like it there! I’m just ecstatic my children like it there too.