DirectorFranklin Cofod First episode dateSeptember 10, 1986 CountryJapan
CreatorToei Animation/World Events Productions Release dateSeptember 10, 1986 GenresAnime, Animation, Action Film, Science Fiction CastJack Angel (King Zarkon / Commander Cossack), Michael Bell (Sven / Lance / Viceroy Throk), Peter Cullen (Hutch / Commander James Hawkins / Coran / King Alfor / Narrator), Neil Ross (Keith / Jeff / Pidge / Chip), B. J. Ward (Princess Allura / Ginger / Lisa / Cinda / Haggar), Lennie Weinrib (Hunk / Cliff / Rocky / Prince Lotor) Similar moviesIt's a Wonderful Life, The Mighty Ducks, The Ultimate Life, Sedona
TaglineThe heroes and villans from both Voltron series (the Lion Voltron and the Vehicle Voltron) team up for the ultimate battle of supremacy with the fate of the universe hanging in the balance!
Voltron fleet of doom
Voltron: Fleet of Doom was a television special involving heroes of both Voltron series working together to defeat their sworn enemy, King Zarkon who aligns with the Drule Empire to create a mighty armada called the Fleet of Doom.
This movie was released later on DVD by the company originally responsible for taking the Japanese source material and bringing it to American audiences, World Events Productions (WEP).
Fleet of Doom was intended to explain the transition from Lion Force Voltron (GoLion in Japan) to Vehicle Force Voltron (Armored Fleet Dairugger XV) and hence represents the only time in the show’s animated history where the two incarnations of the giant robot appear together (since the source material was derived from two entirely separate animated shows in Japan). However, the movie was not televised until after the series had been canceled, forming more of an epilogue than a transition.
In his attempt to destroy the Galaxy Alliance, King Zarkon allies himself with Viceroy Throk of the Drule Supreme Council to create a mighty armada known as the Fleet of Doom. To stop Zarkon, Keith and his friends combine forces with their friends from the other Voltron Force. Unfortunately, Haggar capture Princess Allura, leaving only Keith to rescue her from the evil witch. But to save Allura, Keith would have to travel to a land beyond space and time, where he must overcome his own childhood fear of imaginary monsters to rescue the princess from Haggar and rejoin their friends in time to stop the Fleet of Doom from destroying the Alliance.
Peter Cullen - Commander Hawkins, Coran, King Alfor, Narrator, Viceroy Throk, Hutch
Michael Bell - Lance, Krik, Shannon, Marvin, Modok, Wolo
Lennie Weinrib - Hunk, Prince Lotor, Cliff, Rocky
Neil Ross - Keith, Jeff, Pidge, Chip
B.J. Ward - Princess Allura, Haggar, Cinda, Ginger, Lisa
Jack Angel - King Zarkon, Cossack
Home video releases and availability
The animated special Fleet of Doom has become a collector’s ambition, only further sought out because WEP has not included it in any of the Voltron DVD box sets it has released.
Fleet of Doom was released by WEP as an online exclusive and later was updated to have better DVD compatibility as there were many complaints about using the menu with older DVD players and that the editing was extremely poor with very long timeouts between the commercial breaks; additional trailers were also included. This updated version was made available by WEP on Amazon.com and is also still available on the Voltron store. Media Blasters released the special as a general release on July 28, 2009. This version was not part of the Voltron DVD box sets but as a stand-alone title.
In late 2010, Media Blasters announced a Blu-ray Disc release of Fleet of Doom, only to cancel it in early 2011. Nevertheless, copies of this Blu-ray edition began to become available in various internet shops as of September 2011, and it was eventually determined that these copies were genuine. however, it is unknown if an official release of this Blu-ray is planned.