A grassroots pop-culture phenomenon is officially on its way to a mainstream platform near you: The “story-driven and world-building digital media brand” Critical Role has announced a deal making Amazon Prime Video the exclusive streaming home of Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina, the much-anticipated animated series from Emmy-winning animation studio Titmouse based on the live role-playing show’s various adventures and characters. Originally conceived as a 22-minute animated special, The Legend of Vox Machina made Kickstarter history earlier this year, raising over $11.3 million from 88K backers on its way to obliterating the previous record (of “only” $5.76 million) and becoming the platform’s most funded film or TV project of all time—good for a full, 10-episode season.
Amazon Studios is doing Critical Role devotees one better, not only ordering two seasons of The Legend of Vox Machina (including an additional 14 episodes, for a total of 24 across the first two seasons), but also announcing a first-look deal with Critical Role to develop new, Prime Video-exclusive shows. The agreement dovetails with Amazon’s ownership of leading live-streaming platform Twitch, where Critical Role’s adventures have been unfolding for going on five years, though their roleplaying escapades date all the way back to 2012—theirs is less of an overnight success and more of a long time coming.
“Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina follows a group of second-rate, drunken adventurers on a quest to save the realm from terrifying monsters and dark magical forces, only to discover they become a found family in the process,” as a press release explains, describing the new, Dungeons & Dragons-centric show as “an adult animated action-comedy series.”
The Legend of Vox Machina’s full synopsis reads:
When we meet the members of Vox Machina in Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina, they’re a rowdy, ragtag assortment of swords and wands-for-hire. Seven wandering dumbasses who care more about easy money and cheap ale than actually protecting the realm. But when their home city of Emon is attacked by a horrific monster, they realize they are the only ones capable of avenging their neighbors and restoring justice. United as Protectors of the Realm, we follow Vox Machina as they venture beyond the walls of Emon to battle even darker forces across the kingdom. Throughout the first season of Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina, they will face undead giants, help overthrow a sinister necromancer, and confront a powerful curse that has taken root inside their own group. Through it all, they learn how to function as a team, and discover they’re much more than that: they’re family.
“We were absolutely floored by the level of enthusiasm we received on the Kickstarter campaign, and now we can deliver exactly what the fans wanted, and MORE,” said Critical Role cast members and executive producers Sam Riegel and Travis Willingham. “Teaming with Prime Video to deliver the series to fans across the globe is exciting and surreal—and we’re psyched to be able to tell even more stories with not just one, but two 12-episode seasons!”
Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina is set to star the Critical Role cast of Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O’Brien, Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Riegel and Willingham, who are reprising their roles and will also serve as executive producers alongside Brandon Auman (Star Wars: Resistance) and Chris Prynoski (Metalocalypse), with Sung Jin Ahn (Niko and the Sword of Light) serving as supervising director.
You can watch the latest episode of Critical Role below. Stay tuned for more on The Legend of Vox Machina.