Ahead of the highly anticipated season premier this Friday, May 20, Netflix Animation dropped a full episode sneak-peek of Love, Death + Robots Volume 3 last night and, this morning, unveiled the final trailer as well as the official voice cast for the third batch of mindbending adult animated shorts.
You can watch the first episode, Three Robots: Exit Strategies now on YouTube. The first direct sequel in Love, Death + Robots history – from the mind of acclaimed sci-fi novelist John Scalzi – follows the titular trio of droll droids on a whirlwind tour studying post-apocalyptic human survival strategies before mankind was finally snuffed out.
Directed by Oscar winner Patrick Osborne (Feast, Pearl) and animated by Blow Studio, the short features the voices of Josh Brener, Gary Anthony Williams, Katie Lowes and Chris Parnell.
Check out the final trailer and read on for the rest of the episodes and their newly announced voice stars, including Rosario Dawson, Joe Manganiello, Christian Serratos, Jai Courtney, Mackenzie Davis, Joel McHale, Seth Green, Gabriel Luna and more! (Plus lovely new images):
A jable shark-hunting sailing vessel is attacked by a giant crustacean whose size and intelligence is matched only by its appetite. Mutiny, betrayal and ventriloquism with a corpse… welcome aboard the animation directing debut of David Fincher. Written by Andrew Kevin Walker, based on the short story by Neal Asher. (Blur Studio)
***Voice Cast: Troy Baker, Kevin Jackson, Fred Tatasciore, Anthony Mark Barrow, Chantelle Barry, Parry Shen, Time Winters, James Preston Rogers, Jason Flemyng, Elodie Yung, Max Fowler
The Very Pulse of the Machine
When an exploratory expedition on the surface of the moon Io ends in disaster, an astronaut must trek to safety dragging the body of her co-pilot while using potentially mind-warping drugs to deal with the pain of her own injuries in this trippy tribute to comic book legend Moebius. Director: Emily Dean; writer: Philip Gelatt, from a short story by Michael Swanwick. (Polygon Pictures)
***Voice Cast: Mackenzie Davis, Holly Jade, David Shatraw
Night of the Mini Dead
The apocalypse is conceived – literally – in a graveyard in this biting zombie satire, which starts with some cheeky cemetery sex and accelerates into a walking dead invasion of everywhere – from downtown L.A. to the Vatican. It’s the end of the world as we gnaw it. Directors: Robert Bisi, Andy Lyon; writers: Robert Bisi & Andy Lyon, from a short story by Jeff Fowler & Tim Miller. No voice cast. (BUCK)
Kill Team Kill
Young, dumb and full of… blood, lots and lots of blood, a ’roid-raging, adrenaline-fuelled force of U.S. soldiers faces a foe unlike any they have faced before, the result of a CIA experiment that gets really fucking Grizzly. From the director of Kung Fu Panda 2, Jennifer Yuh Nelson. Writer: Philip Gelatt, from a short story by Justin Coates. (Titmouse, Inc.)
***Voice Cast: Joel McHale, Seth Green, Gabriel Luna, Steve Blum, Andrew Kishino
A story of fear, sex and philosophy on the farthest frontier, as two post-human scientists study an apparently mindless insectoid-race. Tim Miller writes and directs the first ever screen adaptation of the work from renowned Cyberpunk author Bruce Sterling. (Blur Studio)
***Voice Cast: Rosario Dawson, Jason Winston George, Fred Tatasciore
You know you have a pest control problem when they start to shoot back. The ratpocalypse comes to Scotland, as a grumpy farmer takes drastic steps to deal with an invasion of hyper-evolved rodents. Exterminator: Judgment Day. Director: Carlos Stevens; writer: Joe Abercrombie, based on the short story by Neal Asher. (Axis Studios)
***Voice Cast: Craig Ferguson, Dan Stevens
In Vaulted Halls Entombed
Deep in the mountains of Afghanistan, a squad of Special Forces soldiers has the dangerous job of recovering a hostage held by terrorists. But the real evil they must confront is an elder god of ancient and terrifying power. Director: Jerome Chen; writer: Philip Gelatt, based on a short story by Alan Baxter. (Sony Pictures Imageworks)
***Voice Cast: Joe Manganiello, Christian Serratos, Jai Courtney, Noshir Dalal, Stanton Lee, Jeff Schine, Debra Wilson, Fred Tatasciore
Fantasy and greed combine in this re-imagining of the traditional folktale of a siren whose song lures men to their doom. But her sorcery fails to work on the deaf knight, Jibaro, and the Golden Woman becomes fascinated by him. Thus begins a deadly dance of two predators. Written and directed by Oscar winner Alberto Mielgo (The Windshield Wiper). (Pinkman.tv)
***Voice Cast: Girvan ‘Swirv’ Bramble
Read more about the new season in the upcoming 35th Anniversary issue of Animation Magazine (June/July ’22, No. 321).