Amazon snaps up Critical Role animated series as a Prime exclusive

Amazon picks up Critical Role’s animated show as a Prime exclusive

Critical Role, the media company behind the popular web series of the same name, has partnered with Amazon Prime Video to bring an animated version of the program exclusively to the platform. Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina, based on the adventures and characters in the Critical Role online series, is an adult animated action comedy starring the voice actors and creators of the Critical Role brand. Amazon Studios has ordered two seasons of the upcoming series and has also inked a first-look deal with the company to develop future projects for Amazon Prime, exclusively.

Amazon picks up Critical Role’s animated show as a Prime exclusive

The role-playing themed project racked up nearly $11.4 million in funding, blowing well past its original $750,000 goal. You’ll still get to watch both the two-part opening special and the first season without paying for Prime Video, but venturing any further will require a subscription. You should hear more about the “logistical details” of the arrangement in late 2020. The core cast members will both reprise their roles and serve as executive producers, including Matthew Mercer (McCree in Overwatch) and Laura Bailey (Nadine Ross in Uncharted). Vox Machina will revolve around a story from Critical Role’s campaign that sees a group of drunken adventurers bond like family while they slay the forces of evil.

The show will star original Critical Role members Mercer, Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O’Brien, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel and Travis Willingham who will reprise their roles and serve as exec producers alongside Brandon Auman and Chris Prynoski. Sung Jin Ahn will serve as supervising director for the series.

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“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,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios. “We’re thrilled to work with the whole team to bring The Legend of Vox Machina, and new Critical Role series, to our Prime Video customers.”