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5:19 PM - Thursday the 16th of June, 2016 - by dark52
The animated Skylanders TV series Skylanders Academy will debut on Netflix in Fall 2016 as part of a two season partnership it was announced today.

Quote: Press Release
The series follows the heroic adventures of the Skylanders team, a group of heroes with unique elemental skills and personalities who travel the vast Skylands universe, protecting it from evil-doers and showing the next wave of Academy cadets how to do things the "Skylander way."


Skylanders Academy will feature the voices of Justin Long as Spyro, Ashley Tisdale as Stealth Elf, Jonathan Banks as Eruptor, and Norm MacDonald as Glumshanks. There will of course be many more people providing voices for the series including The Diamond Minecart, Susan Sarandon, Daniel Wu, Parker Posey, James Hetfield, Catherine O'Hara, Bobcat Goldthwait, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jonny Rees, Harland Williams and Richard Horvitz.

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The series' showrunner is Eric Rogers ("Futurama") and the animators are TeamTO. Check out a few more of the initial images of the show in our gallery and join the discussion in the forum.
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#1 Bifrost 17:27:56 16/06/2016
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Noice, though it's still sooo far. Hopefully we'll get a trailer or pilot.
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#2 MrsSpyro01 19:07:42 16/06/2016
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Yay, Spyro! smilie
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#3 PopFizzFan5 19:50:20 16/06/2016
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The Diamond Minecart is a surprising pick.
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#4 ZapNorris 20:31:06 16/06/2016
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OH MY GOD YES
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#5 BlazeTheDrago 21:13:11 16/06/2016
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smilie

I CANT TAKE THIS IN THIS!!! AT ONCE!!!!
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#6 PhotonTH 21:14:12 16/06/2016
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Wow,.. I will only watch it if a majority of it is about spyro and or cynder.

I mean I'll still watch it but I won't be nearly as interested. I hope malefor is brought into this too
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#7 Archae 21:31:11 16/06/2016
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Will it only be on Netflix?
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#8 Bifrost 21:48:26 16/06/2016
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Quote: PhotonTH
Wow,.. I will only watch it if a majority of it is about spyro and or cynder.

I mean I'll still watch it but I won't be nearly as interested. I hope malefor is brought into this too


Did you read any article or forum post? Cynder is Season 2, Spyro's buddies are the ones you're seeing in screenshots.
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#9 B-BOB358 21:49:05 16/06/2016
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Isn't it only a couple of months ?

Also yay net flicks, means we'll get at least 10 episodes straight away.
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#10 Spyro 4 EVER 22:14:33 16/06/2016
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Yes, Spyro is back !
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#11 Sesshomaru75 22:34:51 16/06/2016
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OMFG, SPYRO IS SOOO CUTE~! <3<3<3

I was already pretty excited for this show, even despite the fact that I don't really play Skylanders, but now I'm super hyped. I especially like the art style~ <3<3<3
(Also, did I mention that Spyro is adorable? 'Cause he is)
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#12 Spyro Fanatic - Hunter 08:23:43 17/06/2016
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Wait... James Hetfield is going to be in this?!

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#13 Unreallystic 15:08:49 17/06/2016
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FINALLY. I've been saying they needed to do this for at least two years now. It's a great way to add personality to characters whoim don't get the popularity, and its great advertisement.

My son and I will watch it day 1!
-Unreall
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#14 BlackWing116 15:14:14 17/06/2016
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What for those that don't have netflix? *coughMEcough*
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#15 Dragon Lover 15:35:21 17/06/2016
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Why does Spyro look like a goblin with only four teeth
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#16 Bifrost 15:36:51 17/06/2016
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Quote: BlackWing116
What for those that don't have netflix? *coughMEcough*


There are places that host episode mirrors. But you have 3 months to get it still, it's only coming out on fall.
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#17 Aura24 15:41:19 17/06/2016
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Quote: Dragon Lover
Why does Spyro look like a goblin with only four teeth


He has looked like that since 2011.

He's cute that way to me. ;3
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#18 Dragon Lover 17:12:28 17/06/2016
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Quote: Aura24
Quote: Dragon Lover
Why does Spyro look like a goblin with only four teeth


He has looked like that since 2011.

He's cute that way to me. ;3


I know, and it will never fail to bother me.

He will never be cuter than his "A Hero's Tail" model, and I will fight you on this. smilie
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#19 Aura24 17:51:00 17/06/2016
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I rather not. I have my opinion, you have yours.

I still hope we see a trailer soon, or a pilot episode.
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#20 Sesshomaru75 19:24:01 17/06/2016
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I think Spyro looks adorable in this, and that's coming from someone who personally doesn't like how he looks in Skylanders all that much. smilie

I'll agree that AHT Spyro is the cutest, however.
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#21 LegendaryFlames 11:23:41 18/06/2016
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I don't like Spyro's look in Skylanders, but he actually looks really cute here!
I'm pretty excited for this c:
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#22 SuperSpyroFan 00:04:30 19/06/2016
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Not gonna lie. Spyro does look pretty cute.
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#23 Bolt 00:11:23 19/06/2016
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Even thought the design is similar ... I really prefer his design in the show over the games?? Man, he is actually really adorable.
Although I'm not into the games, I'm seriously considering watching this series.

And for those of you who think he is cuter in AHT, he looks cutest in the first three games!! ;o
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#24 SuperSpyroFan 20:13:21 19/06/2016
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@Bolt:

Yeah, I thought the original Spyro looked like a badass, yet cute at the same time. Skylander Spyro in the games, he just looks "whut?" To me, he doesn't look ugly, but I don't really know how to feel about it. But from this screenshot of him in this, he looks cute. Maybe they've tweaked his design slightly for the TV series?
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#25 Greeble 21:17:21 20/06/2016
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Is it just me or are we being given a sneak preview of one of the Sensais?

If not it seems odd he or she would appear in images advertising the show, which is due out around the same time as the new game.

Co-incidence, i think not.
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#26 Aura24 21:29:01 20/06/2016
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Quote: SuperSpyroFan
@Bolt:

Yeah, I thought the original Spyro looked like a badass, yet cute at the same time. Skylander Spyro in the games, he just looks "whut?" To me, he doesn't look ugly, but I don't really know how to feel about it. But from this screenshot of him in this, he looks cute. Maybe they've tweaked his design slightly for the TV series?


They've tweeked his design since around Trap Team.

TeamTO simply made Spyro a little more cuter~
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#27 Bifrost 22:21:17 20/06/2016
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I can't get to like AHT Spyro ever. The fact his horns are as tall as his head and his tail is a Dunsparce's bothers me to no end.
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#28 Alydol 23:59:18 20/06/2016
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Sorry... the only thing I watch on Netflix is Fuller House smilie
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#29 Fan Of Skylands 15:10:27 23/06/2016
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cool.
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#30 SuperSpyroFan 09:35:03 24/06/2016
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@Aura24: Who's TeamTO?
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#31 Lys The Dragon 20:17:11 24/06/2016
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If it doesn't come out in the UK's Netflix, I'll be very mad. I'll also be mad if Cynder isn't a main character in it. She's literally my all-time favourite.
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#32 Bifrost 20:48:33 24/06/2016
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Quote: Lys The Dragon
If it doesn't come out in the UK's Netflix, I'll be very mad. I'll also be mad if Cynder isn't a main character in it. She's literally my all-time favourite.


Well, they can't make a show based on a single person's tastes. Cynder is confirmed to have an arc for Season 2, since the show works in several character arcs.
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#33 Lys The Dragon 21:19:20 24/06/2016
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That's true. Pretty glad she'll actually appear, though.
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#34 PhotonTH 17:59:20 25/06/2016
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Quote: Bifrost
Quote: PhotonTH
Wow,.. I will only watch it if a majority of it is about spyro and or cynder.

I mean I'll still watch it but I won't be nearly as interested. I hope malefor is brought into this too


Did you read any article or forum post? Cynder is Season 2, Spyro's buddies are the ones you're seeing in screenshots.


Didn't notice that. Sorry, this is the closest to a LoS cartoon we're ever gonna get. I just love LoSso much.
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#35 Bolt 19:56:47 25/06/2016
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Quote: SuperSpyroFan
@Aura24: Who's TeamTO?



The team making the Netfilx series.

(But I agree with you completely about the designs!)
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#36 KeybasHedKey 02:33:45 26/06/2016
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The show is looking so good so far in the Visuals.
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#37 Rexy 00:06:45 30/06/2016
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Quote: Spyro Fanatic
Wait... James Hetfield is going to be in this?!

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Haha, I thought the same thing! I can understand him contributing voices for Metalocalypse, but this isn't the same kind of territory at all smilie

Anyway, I was happy about the TV show as a Spyro fan because he's got a big role in it, and now I'm even happier that it's a Netflix series so I don't have to worry about sacrificing my Freeview for it! smilie I hope it turns out well and wish the TV production staff all the best.
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#38 Luminous35 23:11:20 09/07/2016
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I'm going to be watching each season about 10 times smilie
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#39 MrsSpyro01 19:32:30 12/07/2016
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Quote: Luminous35
I'm going to be watching each season about 10 times smilie



10 times? You seem really dedicated to this franchise.
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#40 Bolt 19:56:37 12/07/2016
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Haha, I tend to watch a show I like around ten times myself. Maybe (hopefully) this could be one of them.
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#41 Bifrost 19:59:45 12/07/2016
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I have enough trouble watching them once because I suck at keeping up, but I do love coming back to watch for new things I've missed if I have the time. Dunno if it'll be this kind of show though, Eric mentioned they can't afford tons of background stuff because of the high-quality animation budget.
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#42 TrainerSpyro 22:50:53 05/08/2016
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I have wanted a movie/ show about Spyro since 1998, but this.... There are so many things that I see going wrong with this. It's obvious the show is directed towards children but I am sick to death of people dumbing things down for kids to the point that it becomes idiotic...
As a die hard fan of cartoons I am irritated when sequels to much beloved originals lose all effort/ originality and resort to obnoxious antics to draw in the younger crowd. That's bad enough but I see shows like this that come right out of the gates with overbearing characters whos exaggerated attitudes are only rivaled by their unnecessarily flamboyant mannerisms I lose all interest immediately. This is something a lot of the games cutscenes already suffer from so I have little to no hope for this show in that regard.
To be more precise I'll include a partial list of things that (in my opinion) absolutely cannot happen if this show has even a dwindling chance of success.
No characters that constantly overreact to everything (no pointless obnoxious screaming, crying, shouting, laughing or vocalization of any kind [Excluding Kaos since it's unfortunately his entire character]). IT'S NOT FUNNY. No characters animated to constantly have actions that are painfully exaggerated (ie, flailing arms or legs, wobbling and or falling for no good reason [Seriously... falling jokes died with AFV and we already get enough from Kaos]). No bratty characters that are marketed to the audience as "cute and loveable" that never get their comeuppance. If you absolutely MUST have a bratty character they cannot expertly thwart the efforts of the protagonists with little to no repercussions. Above all no bodily excretion jokes. Nothing says "My simple mind can't comprehend or create witty, complex humor" like resorting to gags older and more thoughtless than the dinosaurs themselves....
No burps, no boogers, no butts, no farts, no poop and for the love of my sanity... I swear... If the word "Duty" is even uttered....
Ofc this is all my opinion and I have nothing against anyone who enjoys these things..... Just felt like ranting since I know this show is gonna suck.
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#43 TheToyNerd 14:27:15 06/08/2016
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The show is written by the same people who do Futurama, I'm sure the show will be good. Plus, the creator compared it to Gravity Falls in terms of plot structure.
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#44 Bifrost 14:30:31 06/08/2016
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Since you have some clairvoyance ability, TrainerSpyro, could you tell me when we're getting more Imaginators reveals?

I've been following Eric Rogers on twitter for a while now - he's very proud of his work in Futurama, and wants to bring that into SA, and also doesn't seem to like corny and overdone. He's already made sure to tell us he's going for story arcs and not random antics, and a good balance of humor and action that doesn't feel kiddy. From him, I don't think there's much to fear, we' just have to see if from Season 2 foward Activision's higher ups won't stick their hands in thinking they know how to make a cartoon.
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#45 TrainerSpyro 20:30:49 06/08/2016
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Oh dear. Forgive me. I didn't realize my sixth sense wouldn't warn me of sensitive posters that may take offense to my observation based opinions.

I love Futurama but Eric didn't work alone on that and he won't be working alone on this. Futurama was great because all minds involved shared similar thoughts and ideas which came together to make something amazing. Who knows if we'll be so lucky here. I have complete faith in Eric, but there are many other factors we still have to worry about.
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#46 Bifrost 20:56:55 06/08/2016
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Sorry, but when you come with the statement of "I know it's going to suck" when we don't even have a trailer(even the stray footage from the SS16 event is cut off way too much to be able to draw any conclusions) it's less observation and more guesswork.
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#47 Aura24 22:08:18 06/08/2016
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Quote: TrainerSpyro
I have wanted a movie/ show about Spyro since 1998, but this.... There are so many things that I see going wrong with this. It's obvious the show is directed towards children but I am sick to death of people dumbing things down for kids to the point that it becomes idiotic...
As a die hard fan of cartoons I am irritated when sequels to much beloved originals lose all effort/ originality and resort to obnoxious antics to draw in the younger crowd. That's bad enough but I see shows like this that come right out of the gates with overbearing characters whos exaggerated attitudes are only rivaled by their unnecessarily flamboyant mannerisms I lose all interest immediately. This is something a lot of the games cutscenes already suffer from so I have little to no hope for this show in that regard.
To be more precise I'll include a partial list of things that (in my opinion) absolutely cannot happen if this show has even a dwindling chance of success.
No characters that constantly overreact to everything (no pointless obnoxious screaming, crying, shouting, laughing or vocalization of any kind [Excluding Kaos since it's unfortunately his entire character]). IT'S NOT FUNNY. No characters animated to constantly have actions that are painfully exaggerated (ie, flailing arms or legs, wobbling and or falling for no good reason [Seriously... falling jokes died with AFV and we already get enough from Kaos]). No bratty characters that are marketed to the audience as "cute and loveable" that never get their comeuppance. If you absolutely MUST have a bratty character they cannot expertly thwart the efforts of the protagonists with little to no repercussions. Above all no bodily excretion jokes. Nothing says "My simple mind can't comprehend or create witty, complex humor" like resorting to gags older and more thoughtless than the dinosaurs themselves....
No burps, no boogers, no butts, no farts, no poop and for the love of my sanity... I swear... If the word "Duty" is even uttered....
Ofc this is all my opinion and I have nothing against anyone who enjoys these things..... Just felt like ranting since I know this show is gonna suck.


Oh boy, it's one of those fans....

Jumping into conclusions.
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#48 TheToyNerd 22:38:25 06/08/2016
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Look, the bottom line is that we don't know how the show will go until we get a trailer of sorts. Right now we have screenshots and a writer that compares the show to Gravity Falls and Futurama. I'm confident it will be decent. I need a trailer to be sure, though
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#49 TrainerSpyro 22:53:53 06/08/2016
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It's not guesswork. Look at the game series cutscenes. Tell me my concerns aren't valid. You said it yourself that Activision needs to keep their nose out of this one. Do you think they'll do that?

Also Aura, you have to understand that as a "fan" I have watched this franchise make a steady decline in popularity and quality for nearly 20 years. What do you expect me to think? lol

TheToyNerd is right. We don't know what to expect but you can't blame me for being pessimistic. If you don't like my thoughts on the matter then just ignore them. It's not like my angst is going to ensure the series failure so what does it matter to you? lol
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#50 Bifrost 23:01:41 06/08/2016
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They're made by entirely different teams, this is a part of Activision Blizzard created specifically for this and movies, though TeamTO is handling this animation so no unrelated to the guys that are doing the Warcraft movies. Heck, Eric made this an alternate canon because he can't possibly keep up with the games. Acti needs to be incredibly stupid to try and get in the way of their movies/shows team, because they're excecutives for games and not motion pictures.

Why yes, I can blame you on pessimism when we have nothing to go off of. Hope is a good thing, wait until it's actually crap to be pessimistic, now it needs support first. Also, if discussing opinions didn't matter, this forum probably wouldn't exist.
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