Amazon Orders Second Critical Role Cartoon, Mighty Nein

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There’s no telling how long Amazon Prime’s The Legend Of Vox Machina cartoon will last, but there’s a finite amount of material for it. The show is an adaption of the first storyline from Critical Role, the nation’s most popular D&D liveplay podcast. Eventually the crew at CR dropped those characters and started a new story, roleplaying as a different bunch.

It appears Vox Machina is a big success for Amazon because they just ordered a series based on the second campaign too. “The Mighty Nein” ran from 2018 through 2021 and its setup was a lot like Vox Machina’s — a gang of outlaws and misfits is put into a position where they must save the world. “The Mighty Nein adventuring party are the only ones who can prevent the kingdom from plunging into chaos when an arcane artifact capable of reshaping reality falls into the wrong hands,” reads the official description.

Now consider the fact that this whole thing started as a crowdfunding campaign with no guarantee production would move past the pilot. Critical Role had no deal with any streamer or distributor, they just wanted to see if they could make an animated adaption of the podcast. Fans responded with millions of donations and singlehandedly funded Season 1. Now it’s grown well beyond that.

“With the success of our animated series ‘The Legend of Vox Machina,’ we are looking 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. “Expanding these iconic franchises for our global Prime Video customers continues to be an ambitious and rewarding journey and we are eager to see where this new series takes us.”

The Legend Of Vox Machina is currently running through its second season on Amazon Prime, with new episodes premiering weekly. A third season is in production.

[Source: Variety]

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