In March of 2019, the people behind the series named “Critical Role” wanted to generate funds of $750,000 in order to finance an animated Dungeons and Dragons digital special. The fans of the Critical Role made generated a total of $11.3 million in 45 days which made it the most successful fundraiser of any film or television project in Kickstarter history. There are a total of 88,000 backers for this campaign which is pretty insane.
Upon its release, the fans will get 10 episode season but on top of that, there will be even more content for them when the “The Legend of Vox Machina” debuts on Amazon Prime Video. It was announced by Critical Role and Amazon that the streaming service will be the exclusive home for the upcoming animated series and had ordered an additional 14 episodes, which make it a grand total of 24 episodes which will be spread across two seasons.
In a statement, Sam Riegel and Travis Willingham, cast members of Critical Role and executive producers on the series said “We couldn’t have dreamed up better partners for this animated series. Amazon has proven they deeply care about the fantasy genre, and Titmouse is literally staffed by dozens of Critical Role fans.” They further added, “And with a two-season order, we can push the action, the comedy and the characters in ways we never thought possible. But make no mistake, the series could not have been possible without the tens of thousands of diehard fans that supported the Kickstarter and lit the spark. Critters — you did this! And we can’t thank you enough.”
Amazon also said that they had a deal with Critical Role in order to develop a new series to premiere exclusively on Prime Video. Head of Amazon Studio, Jennifer Salke said “Critical Role blazed a new trail for original digital content, with fresh new voices and humor that earned devoted fans around the world, as evidenced by their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign.” Vox Machina will be produced by Titmouse, the production company behind Netflix’s “Big Mouth,” and Jennifer Muro will be serving as a writer who is known for her work in Star Wars: Forces of Destiny.
The cast of the show consists of many famous people like Ashley Johnson ( “The Last of Us”), Laura Bailey (“Rick and Morty”), Liam O’Brien (“Carmen Sandiego”), Marisha Ray (“Lego DC Super-Villains”), Sam Riegel (“Ducktales”), Taliesin Jaffe (“Injustice 2″), Travis Willingham (“Avengers Assemble”) as well as dungeon master Matthew Mercer (“Overwatch”). The series’ release date hasn’t been revealed but it is currently slated to arrive in the fall of 2020. But there was a post on their Kickstarter page which suggests that there will be some news about the show but it is unknown what to expect. The fans of the series have been waiting for a long time and it is worth the wait.