On some television stations, the syndicated run was preceded by the broadcast premiere of Codename: Robotech , a feature-length pilot. While each of the three animated series used for its footage informs its content, the Robotech storyline is distinct and separate from each of them. In the course of this chapter, Earth is nearly annihilated, the Zentraedi are defeated, and humans gain knowledge of the energy source called protoculture. Humanity also learns of the Robotech Masters whose galactic empire the Zentraedi protected and patrolled. The Second Robotech War The Masters focuses on the arrival in Earth orbit of the Robotech Masters, who have come seeking what turns out to be the sole means in the universe of producing protoculture. Through a combination of mistrust and arrogance, their attempts at retrieving this meet with opposition from the humans and unleash a war that leaves the Masters defeated and Earth awash in the spores of a plant called the Flower of Life—the source of protoculture and a beacon to the mysterious Invid who scour the galaxy for its presence.
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On some television stations, the syndicated run was preceded by the broadcast premiere of Codename: Robotech , a feature-length pilot. While each of the three animated series used for its footage informs its content, the Robotech storyline is distinct and separate from each of them.
In the course of this chapter, Earth is nearly annihilated, the Zentraedi are defeated, and humans gain knowledge of the energy source called protoculture. Humanity also learns of the Robotech Masters whose galactic empire the Zentraedi protected and patrolled. The Second Robotech War The Masters focuses on the arrival in Earth orbit of the Robotech Masters, who have come seeking what turns out to be the sole means in the universe of producing protoculture.
Through a combination of mistrust and arrogance, their attempts at retrieving this meet with opposition from the humans and unleash a war that leaves the Masters defeated and Earth awash in the spores of a plant called the Flower of Life—the source of protoculture and a beacon to the mysterious Invid who scour the galaxy for its presence.
References in the previous two chapters explain to viewers that many of the heroes of the First Robotech War had left Earth to seek out the Robotech Masters on a preemptive mission, and it is this Robotech Expeditionary Force that sends missions back from across the galaxy to attempt a liberation of their homeworld. The storyline follows one group of freedom fighters as they work their way towards the final battle with the Invid.
It uses footage from the Megazone 23 — Part 1 OVA original video animation ; made-for-video animated feature combined with scenes from "Southern Cross" and additional original animation produced for the film. The film would also have served as a prequel to the Sentinels, as both projects were initially meant to share many characters.
The film had to be changed again after the distributor of the film, Cannon Films , saw an incomplete rough cut of the film and were upset by it. They ordered Macek to remove multiple scenes from the film and to add more violence most of the scenes removed were scenes setting up characters and showing female characters interacting. Macek reluctantly did what they ordered, and created a new script and rough edit for the film in less than 24 hours.
When the distributors saw Macek act out the new film, they were much more pleased with the new cut. The film had limited success in Argentina and Belgium. There was no attempt to remaster the footage. The feature-length pilot is composed of the first three and only episodes that were produced. The Sentinels featured characters from all three Robotech sagas and introduced the SDF-3 along with an overview of their new mission. The series was planned to have a total of 65 episodes. Harmony Gold lacked the funds to produce the series on its own, and production ceased after only three episodes.
This version has opening titles resembling those found on the "Robotech Remastered" DVDs, as well as a new ending with text explaining the fate of the SDF Also, all of the flashback footage used from "The Macross Saga" has been removed, including the re-used footage from the episode "Wedding Bells".
The storyline overlaps with and continues from the unresolved ending of the original series. The title of the story arc was soon changed to Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. The first trailers with finished animation were shown at Anime Expo and Comic-Con International in It was not until February , when Kevin McKeever, operations coordinator at Harmony Gold, was able to confirm that the pilot movie had been completed.
After a series of delays, FUNimation Entertainment was finally announced as the home video, broadcast, and theatrical distributor at the Comic-Con International in San Diego with the possibility of producing further sequels. Harmony Gold premiered the movie at various film festivals in , and it was first seen by a public audience at MechaCon on August 9, , where it was showcased as a charity screening to help raise funds for the ongoing Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort.
A limited theatrical run followed in January , and the film was released on DVD on February 6, This video includes two episodes cobbled together from clips of The Macross Saga. Titled "To the End of the Universe" and "Battle Royale", these episodes contain no new footage, and are not meant to follow any continuity established in the TV series. Please help us clarify the section. There might be a discussion about this on the talk page.
February Learn how and when to remove this template message Carl Macek revealed ideas for another proposed series, Robotech: The Odyssey, which would have picked up where The New Generation and end of Robotech: The Sentinels left off, and eventually created a circular storyline that would end where the original Robotech began in a giant episode cycle to fill up all the weekdays in a year.
Ultimately, it would be revealed that Lynn Minmei was the mother of Zor, making Minmei the focal point of Robotech. The final episode of the Odyssey would be of Zor dying and his Super Dimension Fortress the SDF-1 being launched into space, and eventually crash landing on Earth in The next episode after that would be "Boobytrap", episode 1 of the original series which in turn will create an endless loop within the Robotech universe.
Regarding the plot, Firth mentioned a "retired Commodore Hunter, whomever that may be, could very well be speaking at the graduation of the later day cadets or whatever, and they ask him to tell them the story all over again: it comes back [to the first episode of the series]. In the three-minute trailer, an expedition is sent to check on a non-responsive mining outpost and is attacked by "infected" Veritech mecha.
The idea was abandoned midway into production after negative reception within the company, negative fan reactions at the FanimeCon anime convention in , and financial difficulties within Netter Digital who was animating the show. Robotech: Mars Force[ edit ] In October , veteran animation writer and producer Greg Weisman revealed that he wrote developed an animated spin-off series titled Robotech: Mars Force.
Although it did not use the original voice actors and the dialogue was somewhat out-of-character, it nonetheless marked the first fully completed Robotech footage in many years. Pre-production reportedly began on February and a projected release date of sometime in was originally expected. On August 17, , second teaser revealed Rick Hunter standing in front of an image of the VF-4 shown in the final episodes of the original series.
Robotech Skull Knights has not been released yet. The series was cancelled after Harmony Gold issued a "cease and desist" letter to the producers. Maguire stated, "We are very excited to bring Robotech to the big screen.
There is a rich mythology that will be a great foundation for a sophisticated, smart and entertaining film. He was unable to confirm any details of budget, casting, expected release date, or storyline, explaining that it was too early in the life of the project for these things to have been decided. Smith wrote for the British soaps Family Affairs and Bad Girls before writing the critically acclaimed crime suspense novel Child Maguire will probably participate in the film as another one of the lead actors—while Nic Mathieu will direct.
He did, however, say that the script is completed. With the cancellation of Robotech II: The Sentinels, many of these licensed products were discontinued, and led to a drought of Robotech product through much of the s, except for publishers who continued The Sentinels storyline in print. Art books[ edit ] In , Starblaze Graphics published Robotech Art 1, a reference book containing artwork, Japanese production designs, and episode guides from the original television series.
This was followed by Robotech Art 2, which was largely a collection of art by various American artists and fans. In , Carl Macek collected much of the unused designs from Robotech II: The Sentinels into Robotech Art 3: The Sentinels, which also included his story outline for the rest of the unfinished series, with an explanation behind its cancellation. The various comic publishers include:.
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We were expecting the book sooner, but our printer was backlogged and there was a slight delay. Anyone who has placed a pre-order will see their book put in the mail on Friday. Plus, there is more information about the Invid, rules for creating Frankenmecha, vehicle combat and crash damage as well as stats and descriptions for new weapons, new vehicles, seven new O. Ships December 2.
Robotech: The New Generation Sourcebook
Robotech: New Generation Sourcebook
Robotech: The Macross Saga Sourcebook