The exploits of Champion, a wild stallion who befriends twelve year-old Ricky North in the American Southwest in the 1880's. Although Ricky, who lived on his Uncle Sandy's ranch, had a ... See full summary »
The exploits of Champion, a wild stallion who befriends twelve year-old Ricky North in the American Southwest in the 1880's. Although Ricky, who lived on his Uncle Sandy's ranch, had a magnetic attraction for trouble, he was always rescued by the Wonder Horse, aided by the boy's other bosom companion, German shepherd dog, Rebel. Written by
Champion was in fact played by four different horses. The original "Champion" that made Gene Autry famous in the movies is not the same horse that appeared in the 1955-1956 TV series. Champion easily earned his title of "Wonder Horse" by performing a variety of tricks which included kneeling, untying rope knots and dancing and prancing for the public. It died (buried at Autry's Melody Ranch) when Autry was serving in the military during World War II. The others: "Champion" (the horse of the TV series), a chestnut stallion foaled in 1940. The others - "Champion Jr." and "Little Champion" - were all used in Autry's postwar films. "Champion's" hoofprints can be seen in front of Graumann's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. See more »
No longer "overdue" for a DVD release I stumbled across the news on amazon.co.uk last night that the complete series of Champion The Wonder Horse (as it was known in the UK) will be released as a six-disk set on R2 DVD in the UK on Monday September the 19th! Like many of the other comments here I'm of the age to have spent many school summer holidays here in the UK enjoying this series along with the dubbed euro-imports of White Horse and The Flashing Blade.
It's great to see series like this getting a release so that we can share them with our young families. Each week Champion and his friend 12-year-old Ricky North plus the German Sheperd Rebel would save the day, rescuing those in trouble and capturing the bad guys.
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