The Pirates of Dark Water (1991–1992)

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A young man learns that he is a prince with an urgent quest to save his world by finding 13 magical treasures of rule.

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 Tula (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
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When Ren, a young son of a lighthouse keeper, rescues a stranger foundering in the rocks near his home, he learns the man was an aide to his true father, a great king. Ren is given a magic compass crystal that guides him to a dragon who shows him that the only way to claim his heritage is to find the Thirteen Treasures of Rule. Unfortunately, a pirate ship captained by the evil Bloth is also aware of this treasure and is relentlessly pursuing Ren for it. On his side, Ren soon acquires companions like Ioz the Pirate, Tula the Eco-Mage and Nibbler the Monkey Bird who help him in his quest. That quest becomes all the more urgent when Ren learns that the Dark Water, a carnivorous form of water that consumes anything it snares, threatens to envelope and destroy his world and only the treasures he seeks can stop it. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Roddy McDowall voiced Niddler for first 5 episodes. But he was later replaced by Frank Welker. See more »

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Ren: I can't ask you to continue with me on this dangerous quest. Name the port of your choice and I'll take you there.
Ioz: Which way does the compass point?
Ren: [Ren picks up the compass and spins it around] The second treasure of Rule... East!
Tula: The east it is! For adventure!
Ioz: For treasure!
Ren: For Octopon!
Niddler: For crying out loud! When are we gonna eat?
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one of the best
4 September 2005 | by (Albuquerque, USA) – See all my reviews

I rented this on VHS, then bought the toys, then collected the comics, it was so good. I never knew there was a TV show until after it was gone and unavailable. I'd buy it on DVD in a second.

The concept was fairly unique, dark water taking over the world and the hero going on a quest for magical items to stop its progress. It was like a fantasy take on pirates of the Spanish Main. The ships had really neat concepts, like the hero's ship which could glide for short distances, gigantic waterfalls in the ocean, and some sort of gas gun that worked by stimulating a living creature to produce knockout gas. The main bad guy, Bloth, had a ship which was actually a gargantuan carcass of a long dead sea creature, so it looked cool as well.

It had the same set of characters as a lot of fantasy films, close to Star Wars, but the characters were amazingly three dimensional for a cartoon. Niddler was likable, but you were never sure he would be on your side when the going got rough, and not in a typical cowardly save-his-own-skin type of way, but a maybe-he-really-is-evil type of way.


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