Development Hell: 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.
The main problem is the red tape, particularly copyright. Some fans of the anime Robotech was stitched together from object to the project on principle. Being a patchwork also causes problems with internal logic.
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.
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.
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.