Amazon and Critical Role have signed a “multi-year exclusive general TV and first-look movie deal” that includes new shows and movies created by popular role-playing group Dungeons & Dragons, along with Amazon and animation studio Titmouse.
Critical Role is behind the popular animation show The legend of Vox Machina, based on the studio’s first campaign. The show’s second season aired last weekend, with three new episodes scheduled for this Friday.
Read my interview with the cast and creators of The legend of Vox Machina here.
The first show of this new expanded Critical Role universe is on mighty Nein, based on Critical Role’s second campaign. It’s about another adventurous party, this time filled with criminals and misfits, and which will soon begin production. Animation is again provided by Mees. There’s no release date yet, but hopefully we’ll learn more soon. However, there is a teaser trailer:
“With the success of our animated series ‘The Legend of Vox Machina,’ we look forward to continuing our relationship with Critical Role and expanding its universe with ‘Mighty Nein,'” said Vernon Sanders, Head of Global TV at Amazon Studios in a statement. “Bending these iconic franchises to our global Prime Video customers continues to be an ambitious and rewarding journey and we look forward to seeing where this new series takes us.”
Travis Willingham, Co-Founder and CEO of Critical Role added, “Critical Role’s livestream campaigns were the spark that ignited the flame with our global audience. It was a dream come true to see the stories and characters from our first campaign come to life in ‘The Legend of Vox Machina’, and we’re buzzing with excitement to do it again with ‘Mighty Nein’. But with today’s announcement, we are confident that the stories we tell will continue to expand into areas of entertainment we can’t even imagine.”
As I have noted in the past, The legend of Vox Machina is by far the best fantasy show on Amazon right now, and one of my favorite shows of 2022. At a time when so many new fantasy shows are bland or downright bad, Vox Machine is one of the few that really succeeds in all respects. This is largely due to the creative people behind the Critical Role campaigns, but also to the beautiful animations, texts and music that make it Vox Machine very special. Can’t wait to dive in Mighty Nein when it is released.