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INTERVIEW: Family is the greatest adventure for VOX MACHINA’s Taliesin Jaffe, Laura Bailey, and Liam O’Brien

The members behind Critical Role discuss the theme of family and more in the new VOX MACHINA animated series

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The phrase, “It’s all about family,” as famously uttered by Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious franchise has become something of a cliché at this point but that doesn’t make it any less true for the creators behind The Legend of Vox Machina animated series. Indeed, over the course of adapting their first  Critical Role RPG tabletop campaign into the medium of animation, that familial bond has not only been strengthened but expanded to grow even bigger.

In our continuing interview coverage with the talent behind Vox Machina, The Beat had the chance to chat with voice actors Laura Bailey and Liam O’Brien who play half-elf siblings Vex’ahlia and Vax’ildan respectively as well as Taliesin Jaffe who voices the gunslinger Percival “Percy” Fredrickstein Von Musel Klossowski de Rolo III. During our discussion, the team revealed how their personal relationships took on even greater significance while working on this animated series during the pandemic, the overlap between RPG gaming and theater, and their experience working with acclaimed voice director Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.

Watch our exclusive interview below!

 

Based on the beloved characters and adventures of Critical Role’s first livestreamed tabletop role-playing game (RPG) campaign, The Legend of Vox Machina is an animated fantasy-adventure series for adults that follows Vox Machina, a band of misfits with a fondness for boozing and brawling. In a desperate attempt to pay off their mounting bar tab, these unlikely heroes end up on a quest to save the realm of Exandria from dark magical forces. From a sinister necromancer to a powerful curse, the group confronts a variety of obstacles that not only test their skills, but also the strength of their bond.

The Legend of Vox Machina is a production of Amazon Studios, Critical Role, and Titmouse for Prime Video. The series stars Critical Role founders and cast members Laura Bailey (The Last of Us: Part II), Taliesin Jaffe (Final Fantasy XIV), Ashley Johnson (The Last of Us), Liam O’Brien (Star Wars: The Bad Batch), Matthew Mercer (Overwatch), Marisha Ray (Final Fantasy XV), Sam Riegel (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Travis Willingham (Marvel’s Avengers). The Critical Role cast also serves as executive producers, alongside Brandon Auman (Star Wars: Resistance), Chris Prynoski (Metalocalypse), Shannon Prynoski (Fairfax), and Ben Kalina (Big Mouth).

Critical Role is a story-driven media company created by a group of nerdy-ass voice actors that started out sitting around a table together as friends creating epic stories. In 2019, they launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce a 22-minute animated special based on the characters and adventures of Vox Machina, Critical Role’s original livestreamed tabletop RPG campaign. They met their initial funding goal within minutes, and thanks to Critical Role’s passionate fanbase, the campaign continued to gain traction, raising over $11.3 million and becoming one of the most funded Film & Video projects in Kickstarter history. The fan support allowed Critical Role to expand the special into a 10-episode season. When Amazon Studios picked up the series, it built on that record-breaking support by ordering an additional 14 episodes, bringing the total number of episodes to 24 across two seasons, which will stream exclusively on Prime Video.

The Legend of Vox Machina is streaming now on Prime Video.

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