Robotech Frequently Asked Questions 2.1
Section III: Unreleased, Incomplete, and Canceled Projects by Harmony Gold

Table of Contents
  3.1 Robotech: The Movie; The Untold Story
     3.1.1 What is Robotech: The Movie?
     3.1.2 What was the first version about?
     3.1.3 Why was this version changed?
     3.1.4 What was the second version about?
     3.1.5 Why did the film fail in preview?
     3.1.6 Was it ever released?
     3.1.7 Where can I get a copy of the Second version?
  3.2 Robotech II: The Sentinels
     3.2.1 What is Robotech II: The Sentinels?
     3.2.2 What was The Sentinels about?
     3.2.3 How many episodes were completed?
     3.2.4 Why wasn't The Sentinels completed?
     3.2.5 What happened to the Sentinels designs?
     3.2.6 What is the Sentinels Movie?
     3.2.7 Is The Sentinels Movie Available on VHS or DVD?
  3.3 Robotech III: The Odyssey
     3.3.1 What is Robotech III: The Odyssey
     3.3.2 What was The Odyssey about?
     3.3.3 What stopped it from going into production?
  3.4 Robotech 3000
     3.4.1 What is Robotech 3000?
     3.4.2 What was 3000 about?
     3.4.3 Why was 3000 canceled?
     3.4.4 How much footage was produced?


     3.1 Robotech: The Movie; The Untold Story
        3.1.1 What is Robotech: The Movie?
             
During 1985 as Robotech became more and more popular, a film publishing company named Cannon Films approached Harmony Gold to create a Robotech Motion Picture to be released in the summer of 1986. Carl Macek was called upon to produce the movie for them. He was given a short timeline which  was a major problem if any original animation was to be created. Therefore, he decided to use a pre-existing anime that Harmony Gold had already obtained. The choice was an OVA (Original Video Animation) called Megazone 23 Part I. Macek had to figure out how to rewrite the movie to fit in Robotech, edit out any sex and violence scenes, and finally dub it in English.  Once produced, Cannon Films reviewed it and were completely unhappy. They told Macek that there were "too many girls" and "not enough big robots." Carl Macek's worse fears soon came.

        3.1.2 What was the first version about?
             
Robotech The Movie took place during the SDF-1's travel of returning to Earth from Pluto. While the ship was slowly traveling home over a year, the Earth Government was trying to cover up the SDF-1's disappearance from the public. However, Mark (in this version, a close relation to Rick Hunter) stumbles upon their conspiracy and fought to make the facts known. Mark getting caught up in such a mess is stuck fighting B.D. Edwards by the end (Sounds familiar? He was renamed to B.D. Andrews in version 2, though the name Edwards was reused in Robotech II: The Sentinels as T.R. Edwards). This version mostly played out as the original Megazone 23 Part I, but with a few changes to make it Robotech as well as including Robotech music and songs.

        3.1.3 Why was this version changed?
             
As stated, Cannon Films disliked the original version of the Robotech Movie due to it having too many girls and not enough robots and guns. It wasn't a "Cannon Film" to them. They wanted Carl Macek to go back and edit scenes of another series into the film. Cannon themselves decided on the use of Southern Cross footage due to it being recent. However, Macek protested that Megazone used 35mm film while Southern Cross used 16mm. He thought that they wouldn't match as 16mm blown up to 35 would look hideous. Cannon Films just demanded "less girls, more guns, more big robots!" So, Macek finally gave them what they wanted. If that wasn't enough, Cannon Films hated the ending of Megazone 23 Part I and had Harmony Gold commission the original studio to produce a new 12 minute ending.  The attempt to combine two unrelated stories together failed badly for The Untold Story. Yet, Cannon watched the film and deem that "Now That's a Cannon Film!" To this day, Carl Macek and Harmony Gold hates the movie and pretends it doesn't exist.

        3.1.4 What was the second version about?

              In 2027, the Robotech Masters arrive at Earth to retrieve the memory core of the SDF-1 which was incorporated into the E.V.E. computer at Earth's Robotech Research Center. To capture it, they abduct the leader of the research team, B.D. Andrews, and replace him with a simulagent. One of the team's members is suspicious and passes on the MODAT-5, a mobile data terminal which is a transformable motorcycle, to his friend Mark Landry. Andrew must attempt to upload EVE to an unused satellite for the Masters to download. However, Mark discovers the secrets of the bike and the cover up of the arrival of a new alien threat. This version of the Robotech movie has multiple conflicts in relation to the original Robotech TV series and is strictly alternative.


        3.1.5 Why did the film fail in preview?
             
Robotech: The Movie: The Untold Story was ran through a preview showing in Texas for a few weeks and drew a small bit of fan-fare and hype. It drew mostly disappointment and parents running out of the theatre with their small children due to a huge misunderstanding. It also really failed due to Cannon's poor advertising such as commercials only at 6A.M. in the morning and competed against Transformers: The Movie which had a bigger advertising budget. It also failed for parents since they were unaware of the adult themes.

        3.1.6 Was it ever released?

              It had an extremely limited release. It was sold through Cannon's catalog and somehow made it out in U.K. It would be near impossible to find any of these copies today or even back then.


        3.1.7 Where can I get a copy of the Second version?
             
Currently it is unavailable in any legal form.

     3.2 Robotech II: The Sentinels
        3.2.1 What is Robotech II: The Sentinels?
             
The Sentinels was a planned sequel to the Robotech TV series. It was going to be a 65 episode series to be aired by the Fall of 1986. Harmony Gold became interested in creating a sequel because of the success of the original series, but even more from the flood of fan mail they received. This fan mail often demanded answers to the fate of the Macross Saga characters and from the other sagas. So, in the Fall of 1985, they joined together with Matchbox and Tatsunoko (producer of the animation seen in Robotech) to decide and debate on how and what this new TV series was going to be about and made. Sentinels would use completely new animation to be created by Tatsunoko and funded by Matchbox and Harmony Gold together. Many of the Mecha and character designs were taken from the unused designs of the cancelled S.D.C. Southern Cross series to make use in the series as well as many new creations. Most obviously, the Macross Saga characters had to be aged and recreated. However, Tatsunoko redesign them too radically from their original Macross designs. Though, one of the main reasons for this is Tatsunoko's idea of using Robotech II: The Sentinels as a completely new TV series in Japan and likely removing scenes of the Macross characters. Though, designs from Southern Cross and The New Generation was used and unaltered. Matchbox also had push their own ideas of what many Mechas should be or look like, so they could market off of them as toys. With Matchbox and Japan trying to create what they wanted more than what Robotech should of been, it began creating a distanced universe from the original. As well, Carl Macek was the author and producer of the sequel. His Sentinels ideas were based on his Graphic Novel comic that he helped co-write and the original TV Series. However, sometime in 1986, the whole project was cancelled because of Matchbox.

        3.2.2 What was The Sentinels about?
             
Robotech II: The Sentinels is meant to be about the adventures of the SDF-3 and Rick Hunter as they travel to the Robotech Masters' homeworld only to find the Regent (King of the Invid) and his Invid invading and destroying worlds of the Masters' Empire. As the REF (SDF-3, Hunter, and crew) fight against the new Invid threat, they create an alliance with rebels calling themselves The Sentinels, a group of multiple alien races of different worlds of the Masters' Empire trying to rebel against the Invid massive attack.
              Robotech II  takes place between the time period of The Macross Saga and Southern Cross and continued to the end of The New Generation from the point of view of the REF. The Sentinels would end right where The New Generation ended and then both shows would pick up with Robotech III: The Odyssey.
               Robotech II: The Sentinels includes far too many differences and errors in all its forms (original idea, video movie, novels) to be a part of the Robotech TV continuity.


        3.2.3 How many episodes were completed?
             
Almost 4 partly completed episodes were finished before Robotech II: The Sentinels was cancelled.

        3.2.4 Why wasn't The Sentinels completed?

              Sentinels was cancelled when Matchbox stopped funding the project due to the Yen rate rising in Japan, making the production too costly for them. Harmony Gold did not have the money to fund the project themselves.


        3.2.5 What happened to the Sentinels designs?

              To not waste some of their good Mecha designs, Tatsunoko used many of them in their Japanese Animated series named Zillion. However, this show has no relation to Robotech, Macross, Sentinels, or anything else.


        3.2.6 What is the Sentinels Movie?
             
In 1988, Carl Macek's Streamline Pictures video company decided to finally show Robotech fans what could of came true in 1986. With a length of a hour and 15 minutes long, the Sentinels movie is a combination of Sentinels and Robotech series footage. The use of Sentinels footage in the movie is not based on the episodes scene order, but instead the footage was combine to create a reasonable story to tell with a new custom-made script that includes some conflicts.

        3.2.7 Is The Sentinels Movie Available on VHS or DVD?
           
Robotech II: The Sentinels Movie is currently only available on DVD as an bonus disc to A.D. Vision's Robotech: Macross Saga Legacy Box Set 3 and Robotech Protoculture Collection. The VHS tapes are long discontinued and likely won't be re-released.


     3.3 Robotech III: The Odyssey
        3.3.1 What is Robotech III: The Odyssey
              The Odyssey was to be the planned conclusion to the Robotech universe within Macek's vision, but it was never made or started. It would have ran 110 episodes long using mostly newly-drawn animation. This was to be Carl Macek's second creation after Robotech II: The Sentinels and would have worked better with it than the original Robotech TV series, even though Macek was trying to complete the TV Series in this way. Some sources close to Macek also report that, if he had managed to secure the animation rights to Orguss (rights to the models were already available, thanks to the Revell model series deal that lent Robotech its name), Orguss' 35 episodes would have made up 1/3 of Odyssey, probably as a tale of events on Earth occurring while Scott Bernard was absent (and reducing the need for newly-drawn episodes from 110 to 75).     

        3.3.2 What was The Odyssey about?
             
If the Odyssey was made, it was going to pick up where The New Generation and end of Robotech II: The Sentinels left off. It would be partly about Scott Bernard's search for the SDF-3 as well as the ship's final fate. Macek has written that the SDF-3 would have time travel back into the past to the days before the birth of Zor. The SDF-3's crew would become citizens of the Robotech Masters' homeworld and change time by becoming a part of its history. However, to preserve their own, the events would have to repeat and Zor would be born. History would repeat itself and Zor would launch his Space Fortress. The final episode of Robotech III: The Odyssey would be of Zor dying and his Space Fortress being launched off into space to one day crash on Earth. The next episode after that would be Boobytrap, episode 1 of the original series which in turn will create an endless loop within the Robotech universe. This was Macek's idea of completing and ending Robotech. However, this series was never made as said, and these events are not thought of as authentic/correct or even real since the series was never created and would likely be alternative anyhow.

        3.3.3 What stopped it from going into production?
             
Odyssey never went into production because Robotech II: The Sentinels was never completed. With the completion and success of The Sentinels would have sent Odyssey into the production stage of being created, but Sentinels was cancelled before it barely began. Therefore, Odyssey only has an overview idea of what it would have been about.

     3.4 Robotech 3000
        3.4.1 What is Robotech 3000?
             
3000 was Harmony Gold's first attempt at having a new Robotech series being created after a long 13 years in 1999. The series was going to be completely made in 3-D Computer Graphics by Netter Digital Entertainment with Carl Macek working on the storyline. It had very little to do with the Robotech universe that we knew. The preview footage that was developed for showing, was shown at an Anime Convention. Everyone who saw it, hated it too death.

        3.4.2 What was 3000 about?
             
3000 was seemingly about the far future where Robotechnology allowed an intergalactic federation to remain at peace for over 600 years. However, the future now foresees their machines turning against them taking a life of their own. This new threat is first seen by the Corsair, a cruiser-type ship, with its crew commanded by Captain Noble on a remote mining colony. A Veritech Excavator runs a-muck and attempts to destroy the landing party. It will be up to the Corsair's crew to discover this new mystery and put a stop to it. In no way is this series authentic/correct part of the Robotech continuity.

        3.4.3 Why was 3000 canceled?
             
The series was cancelled due to both the fact that Harmony Gold was displeased with Netter Digital's work by the response of fans and that Netter Digital went out of business shortly afterwards.

        3.4.4 How much footage was produced?
             
Netter Digital only produced 3 minutes and 13 seconds worth of footage of the beginning of Robotech 3000 as a test trailer. This trailer can be found on the internet now along with the short trailer that fans got to see at the convention, which was only 1 minute and 40 seconds with no additional footage.