Producer Ted Koplar dies at 77

Sad news for fans of classic anime, upon learning of the passing of Ted Koplar, one of the pioneers of the medium in the West.

The founder of World Events Productions was one of the instrumental pieces in adapting Japanese animation productions to American television, orchestrating the 1984 adaptation of two mecha series by Toei Animation.

Presented as Voltron: Defender of the Universe, it was one of the series that fundamentally altered American entertainment, bridging the gap between mecha anime and the potential to adapt stories to its market. The key was making a deal with Toei to combine elements from the Hyakujū Ō Golion and Kikou Kantai Dairugger XV series.

Through this strategy, similar to that of the creation of Robotech, one of the most popular works of its time became popular, highly profitable for the company and which opened many doors for the marketing of its time.

All this was thanks to the popularity of their toys at the time, a style that underpinned the mecha animes of that time, with Transformers at the helm. This would be fundamental to the culture that mixed toys with animated series that prevailed until the end of the 20th century in the West.

Voltron was broadcast in 80 countries since its production, leading this title to global fame thanks to the producer’s keen vision. Koplar would begin his journey in the television business on the local network KPLR-TV in the state of Missouri, making it a reference that laid the foundations for its future expansion into national and international entertainment.

But Voltron always remained his workhorse, to the point of being one of the executive producers of his most recent iteration in the world of animation. The 2011 Netflix series Voltron: Legendary Defender.

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