In this surreal animated saga, we get to know the tale of Princess Dawn, who must find the Whispering Orchid's cove (and the glass key therein hidden) in order to save her kingdom from the ...
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In this surreal animated saga, we get to know the tale of Princess Dawn, who must find the Whispering Orchid's cove (and the glass key therein hidden) in order to save her kingdom from the spell of melancholy, which has been placed by the evil Grump. To aid her, Princess Dawn summons young Terry Dexter, a boy from earth, and in their flying machine, accompanied by their bizarre pet Blip, they go through a myriad series of strange countries in a fantasy world in their quest for the key. But the Grump (a mix between a demon and a dwarf) is set to spoil their mission, following them close on their trail, atop a bumbling, allergic and stupid Dragon with which he has funny quarrels. Along the way, the Princess is Kidnapped, they meet Mother Goose, Blip finds true love, and Terry is corrupted (only to be turned back to normal later)... in a fantastic, kaleidoscopic series of adventures. Written by
Miguel Cane <email@example.com>
This series will always hold a special place in my memory. I turned 12 years old in November of 1969, and the 1969 - 1970 season was really the last time I regularly watched cartoons on Saturday morning. I was just starting to take an interest in girls on a romantic level, and I vaguely recall identifying with the Terry Dexter character. I often found myself daydreaming about rescuing a beautiful blonde princess from the clutches of an evil villain. In the trivia section, it mentions that the final episode is "rare" because it only aired once. Frankly, I have no recollection of any episode airing more than twice (initially, and then during summer reruns).
As of April 2007, there is currently only one episode available for viewing on YouTube, and it's in Spanish. Alas, while Princess Dawn is still as pretty as I remembered her, I now realize that the title character is just an ersatz Yosemite Sam. I could purchase the DVD that is currently available to see if the English speaking voices I grew up with jog any nostalgic feelings, but I have a hunch it will ultimately lead to disappointment. With just about everything being released on DVD, one can now easily explore anything that was popular in one's youth. Unfortunately, one can never be 11 years old again.
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