Trivia: Robotech

  • Development Hell: The Hollywood adaptation of Robotech is one of the longest film development projects even to be stuck in the 7th circle of development hell. Many screenwriters, directors, and leading actors have been rumored to be connected to the project — but no live action films have been released. Currently, Sony has the rights and are moving forward with a film franchise with James Wan directing the first film.
    • Also the sequel to The Shadow Chronicles entitled "Shadow Rising" is still in development hell.
    • And Robotech Academy is now stuck too because of failing to meet it's gigantic Kickstarter goal to produce a pilot.
  • Enforced Method Acting: Michael Bradley said that if he knew in advance that Yellow Dancer was suppose to be Lancer disguising himself as a woman to avoid being killed/apprehended by Invid forces and their collaborators, he would tried to use a feminine voice or at least, pretend to dress up with female clothes while recording the music in the booth.
  • Executive Meddling: The plot of the Robotech Movie was once going to be vastly different, but had to be changed drastically once the creators of Macross realized this movie could somehow interfere with their profits from Do You Remember Love. Somehow.
    • The movie was pulled because it was successful with adults but not with children, the demographic which Cannon considered the film's main audience.
  • Incestuous Casting: Mother and son Alexandra Kenworthy and Gregory Snegoff play Azonia and Khyron, respectively.
  • Name's the Same: The REF commander who sent Captain Carpenter to Earth was named General Reinhardt. We later see this character at the end of the series as he leads the REF in their last attempt to free Earth from the Invid. Oddly enough this is not a case of Dub Name Change. In Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross, the military commander on Liberty that Captain Lombard answered to, and the commander of the Third Earth Recapture Mission in Genesis Climber MOSPEADA are both called General Reinhardt. By a freaky coincidence, they happened to have the same name.
  • No Export for You: Due to a massive and convoluted legal snarl between Big West, Tatsunoko, and Harmony Gold, very few Macross series will ever make it across the Atlantic.
    • Bad Export for You: said legal snarl also prevented the original series from being released in the West for quite a while after interest in unedited anime grew; so all we had was Robotech, which essentially became this. Probably due to lack of demand (and the folding of ADV before any releases could be managed), this is still the case in the UK.
  • The Other Darrin: Miriya Sterling was voiced by Edie Mirman in The Macross Saga and Catherine Battistone in The Sentinals.
    • Dana Sterling was voiced by Melissa Newman in New Generation and Lara Cody in The Sentinals. According to series creator Carl Macek, Newman "had completely disappeared from the acting community," and that he had lost touch with her.
  • What Could Have Been: After being bombarded with a ton of fan mail asking what happened to Rick Hunter, Lisa Hayes and all the other surviving Macross Saga characters Carl Macek and Harmony-Gold decided to make their own new Robotech series, Robotech: The Sentinels, a kind of half prequel series that would have taken place in between the end of Macross Saga and the start of The Masters and shown the adventures of Rick and the old cast against a new cast (which included Vince Grant, a new character created to be the brother of Claudia Grant and father of Bowie Grant) as they ventured out into space and, presumably, would have eventually chronicled their return home. Sadly, the animation company in Japan that Harmony-Gold hired went bankrupt due to economic problems, forcing them to scrap the series after only finishing three episodes. These episodes were then turned into a direct to video feature, with the intended adventures of the series then becoming the basis for a series of expanded universe comic books and novels. For what it's worth The Sentinels video feature as it is does fill in some of the gaps when watched in its intended chronological order between Macross Saga and Masters, and as an extra bonus it gives the shippers the chance to see the wedding or Rick Hunter and Lisa Hayes.
    • The franchise is somewhat infamous for having many projects planned, but undeveloped. There's also Robotech III: The Odyssey, which never saw the light of day. It would have picked up where New Generation and The Sentinals left off, creating a 260 episode series filling up all weekdays of the year, creating an endless cycle. There's also rumors of a 4th and 5th series, but they were never mentioned by Carl Macek himself, only being hinted at by other members of the production team. Robotech 3000 was another attempt to continue the series, this time in CGI, that never got past a trailer. There's also a few projects stuck in development hell, see above. The only derivative works that have been successfully completed since the end of the original series are the Shadow Chronicles sequel film and Love, Live, Alive, a localized version of a Mospeada OVA.
    • Also, Robotech: The Movie was originally supposed to be a dub of Macross: Do You Remember Love, but Mega Zone 23 was chosen instead because Harmony Gold couldn't license the former. It did eventually get a poorly-received Hong Kong Dub unrelated to Robotech, but still hasn't been properly released in North American territories.
  • The Wiki Rule: Robotech Saga Wiki does what it says on the tin.