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25 February 1991 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary »
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A great animated series that was became one of the best shows to come out of the 1990's. See more (12 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 24 of 47)

Jodi Benson ... Tula (21 episodes, 1991-1993)

Hector Elizondo ... Ioz (21 episodes, 1991-1993)

George Newbern ... Ren (21 episodes, 1991-1993)

Frank Welker ... Lugg Brother #2 / ... (21 episodes, 1991-1993)

Tim Curry ... Konk (20 episodes, 1991-1993)

Brock Peters ... Bloth (20 episodes, 1991-1993)

Peter Cullen ... Mantus (19 episodes, 1991-1993)

Richard Gautier ... Additional Voices (18 episodes, 1991-1993)
Allan Lurie ... Additional Voices (18 episodes, 1991-1993)

Les Tremayne ... Additional Voices (18 episodes, 1991-1993)
Darleen Carr ... Additional Voices (17 episodes, 1991-1993)

Jim Cummings ... Jargis / ... (17 episodes, 1991-1993)
Andre Stojka ... Additional Voices (17 episodes, 1991-1993)

Rene Auberjonois ... Kangent (16 episodes, 1991-1993)

Michael Bell ... Additional Voices / ... (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Hamilton Camp ... Additional Voices (16 episodes, 1991-1993)

Paul Eiding ... Additional Voices (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Peter Renaday ... Additional Voices (11 episodes, 1991-1993)

Barry Dennen ... Additional Voices (9 episodes, 1991-1993)

Richard Erdman ... Additional Voices (9 episodes, 1991-1993)
Linda Gary ... Additional Voices (9 episodes, 1991-1993)

Kenneth Mars ... Additional Voices (9 episodes, 1991-1993)

Nan Martin ... Additional Voices (9 episodes, 1991-1993)

Dan O'Herlihy ... Additional Voices (9 episodes, 1991)
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Series Directed by
Don Lusk (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Ray Patterson (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Paul Sommer (8 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Writing credits
David Kirschner (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Glenn Leopold (8 episodes, 1991-1993)
Kristina Luckey (5 episodes, 1991-1993)
David Ehrman (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Laren Bright (3 episodes, 1991)
Lane Raichert (3 episodes, 1991)
Mark Young (3 episodes, 1991)
Bill Matheny (2 episodes, 1991)
Kelly Ward (2 episodes, 1991)

Series Produced by
David Kirschner .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Mark Young .... executive producer (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Paul Sabella .... executive producer (13 episodes, 1991)
Mario Piluso .... producer (8 episodes, 1991)
Cosmo Anzilotti .... producer (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
John Dorman .... producer (5 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Original Music by
Thomas Chase (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Steve Rucker (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
 
Series Film Editing by
Tim Iverson (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Gil Iverson (13 episodes, 1991-1993)
Tom Gleason (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Michele Douglas (5 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Casting by
Kris Zimmerman (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Lynne Batchelor (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Production Design by
Floro Dery (5 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Production Management
Jayne Barbera .... executive in charge of production (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Jerry Smith .... production supervisor (13 episodes, 1991-1993)
Wayne Dearing .... production supervisor (8 episodes, 1991)
JoEllyn Marlow .... production supervisor (8 episodes, 1991)
Paul Sabella .... international production executive (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Kunio Shimamura .... production supervisor (3 episodes, 1991)
Deane Taylor .... production supervisor (3 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Art Department
Scott Jeralds .... design supervisor (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Barbara Krueger .... design assistant (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Iraj Paran .... graphics (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Mario Williams .... design assistant (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Tom Wogatzke .... graphics (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Ric Estrada .... storyboard artist (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Tom Nesbitt .... storyboard artist (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Jesus Rodriguez .... design assistant (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Adrian Gonzales .... storyboard artist (13 episodes, 1991-1993)
Iwao Takamoto .... creative designer (13 episodes, 1991-1993)
Parviz Parandoush .... graphics assistant (13 episodes, 1991)
Scott Hill .... design unit head / design assistant (11 episodes, 1991)
Eric Clark .... design unit head / design assistant (10 episodes, 1991)
Armando Carrillo .... storyboard artist (9 episodes, 1991-1993)
Dan Fausett .... storyboard artist (8 episodes, 1991)
Aleta Fritz-Kozak .... storyboard artist (8 episodes, 1991)
Larry Houston .... storyboard artist (8 episodes, 1991)
Michael Mitchell .... storyboard artist (8 episodes, 1991)
Dick Sebast .... storyboard artist (8 episodes, 1991)
Del Barras .... storyboard artist (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Scott Wood .... storyboard assistant (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Dana Granger .... design assistant (5 episodes, 1991)
Viki Kirch .... design assistant (5 episodes, 1991)
Timothy Burgard .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 1991)
Brian Chin .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 1991)
Julienne Gimeno .... design assistant (2 episodes, 1991)
Mike Vosburg .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Sound Department
Kay Douglas .... track reader (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Jim Hearn .... track reader (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Gordon Hunt .... recording director (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Carol Iverson .... track reader (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Kerry Iverson .... track reader (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Ed Collins .... sound director (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Ezra Dweck .... sound re-recording mixer (8 episodes, 1991)
James L. Aicholtz .... sound re-recording mixer (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Joel Valentine .... sound editor (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Alvy Dorman .... sound director (5 episodes, 1991)
Stan Wetzel .... sound director (5 episodes, 1991)
Denise Whitfield .... track reader (5 episodes, 1991)

Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Raul Salgado .... camera supervisor (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Animation Department
Jan Adams .... animation checking supervisor (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Joan Drake .... animation director (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Al Gmuer .... background supervisor (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Herb Hazelton .... character designer / layout artist / ... (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Alison Leopold .... ink and paint supervisor (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Joanna Romersa .... animation director / supervising animation director / ... (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Allen Wilzbach .... animation director (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Star Wirth .... xerographer (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Bonnie Callahan .... key background artist (20 episodes, 1991-1993)
Beth Goodwin .... animation checker (19 episodes, 1991-1993)
Joe Binggeli .... key background artist (18 episodes, 1991-1993)
Ruben Chavez .... key background artist (17 episodes, 1991-1993)
Dana Granger .... paste-up (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Margaret Parkes .... layout supervisor (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Frank Andrina .... animation director / animation supervisor / ... (13 episodes, 1991-1993)
Craig Robertson .... key background artist (13 episodes, 1991-1993)
Achiu So .... animation supervisor / animator (13 episodes, 1991-1993)
Carol Lundberg .... character designer / key background designer / ... (13 episodes, 1991)
Lew Ott .... layout artist / character designer / ... (13 episodes, 1991)
Andrew Phillipson .... key background artist (13 episodes, 1991)
Oliver Callahan .... animation director / animator (10 episodes, 1991)
Zeon Davush .... animation director / animator (10 episodes, 1991)
Jerry Loveland .... key background artist (9 episodes, 1991-1993)
Michael V. Bennett .... animation director / animator (9 episodes, 1991)
Allison Belliveau .... key background artist (8 episodes, 1991)
Becky Bristow .... animation director (8 episodes, 1991)
Chris Cuddington .... animation supervisor (8 episodes, 1991)
Jonathon E. Goley .... background supervisor (8 episodes, 1991)
Kathleen Hardin .... color stylist (8 episodes, 1991)
Jim Hickey .... key background artist (8 episodes, 1991)
Bill Hutten .... animation director (8 episodes, 1991)
Mike King-Prime .... key background artist (8 episodes, 1991)
Cecilia Lee .... character designer (8 episodes, 1991)
Ed Love .... animation director (8 episodes, 1991)
Tony Love .... animation director (8 episodes, 1991)
Bong Macarayan .... animator (8 episodes, 1991)
Sam Nicholson .... animation director (8 episodes, 1991)
Tony Sgroi .... layout artist (8 episodes, 1991)
Bob Tyler .... animation director (8 episodes, 1991)
Mario Williams .... paste-up (8 episodes, 1991)
Richard Bowman .... animation director (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Eric Clark .... character designer (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Eufronio R. Cruz .... key layout designer (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Suzette Darling .... color stylist (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Daniel de la Vega .... animation director (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Scott Hill .... character designer (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Cash B. Imutan .... assistant animator (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Nary Jamlig .... assistant animation supervisor (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Tapani Knuutila .... overseas layout director (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Tim Maloney .... background supervisor (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Ros Mandi .... tracing supervisor (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Margaret Nichols .... animation director (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Butch Orosa .... clean-up supervisor (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Patricia Palmer-Phillipson .... key background artist (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Stella Reyes .... ink and paint supervisor (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Leonard Robledo .... key background artist (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Art Scott .... animation director (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Ken Southworth .... animation director (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Eugene Thomas .... character designer (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Wincat Alcala .... animator (5 episodes, 1991)
Robert Alvarez .... animation director (5 episodes, 1991)
Dale Desrochers .... background artist (5 episodes, 1991)
Luis Dimaranan .... animator (5 episodes, 1991)
Jess Espanola .... animator (5 episodes, 1991)
Romy Garcia .... animator (5 episodes, 1991)
Karen Greslie .... color stylist (5 episodes, 1991)
Maureen Mascarina .... animator (5 episodes, 1991)
Howard Schwartz .... animation checker (5 episodes, 1991)
James Hegedus .... key background artist (4 episodes, 1991)
James Straus .... animator (4 episodes, 1991)
Gil Kane .... character designer / key background designer (3 episodes, 1991)
Kiyotaka Kantake .... animation director (3 episodes, 1991)
Duncan Marjoribanks .... character designer (3 episodes, 1991)
Toshi Mizumura .... animator (3 episodes, 1991)
Takuya Noda .... animation director / animation supervisor (3 episodes, 1991)
Bob Revell .... animation checker (3 episodes, 1991)
Takashi Saijô .... layout supervisor (3 episodes, 1991)
Masaru Tonokouchi .... animation director (3 episodes, 1991)
Akira Watanabe .... animator (3 episodes, 1991)
Katsuhisa Yamada .... animation director (3 episodes, 1991)
Shinichi Yoshikawa .... animation director / animation supervisor (3 episodes, 1991)
Brenda Banks .... animator (2 episodes, 1991)
Moon Choi .... animator (2 episodes, 1991)
Doug Crane .... animator (2 episodes, 1991)
Gerald Forton .... key background designer (2 episodes, 1991)
Craig Handley .... layout supervisor (2 episodes, 1991)
Eric Heschong .... key background artist (2 episodes, 1991)
Paul Julian .... key background artist (2 episodes, 1991)
Yoshinori Kanemori .... animator (2 episodes, 1991)
Hiroaki Kawaguchi .... animator (2 episodes, 1991)
Glen Lovett .... layout supervisor (2 episodes, 1991)

Floro Dery .... character designer (unknown episodes)
Armand Serrano .... layout artist: overseas production (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
William E. DeBoer .... negative consultant (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Trent Johnson .... colorist / on-line editor (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Terry Moore .... supervising film editor (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Tom Gleason .... supervising film editor (8 episodes, 1991)
Gil Iverson .... supervising film editor (8 episodes, 1991)
Larry C. Cowan .... supervising film editor (5 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Music Department
Bodie Chandler .... director of music production (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Mark Shiney .... music editor (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Peter Collier .... music editor (8 episodes, 1991)
Robert S. Birchard .... music editor (5 episodes, 1991)
Cecil Broughton .... music editor (5 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Other crew
Sandy Benenati .... production assistant (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Debby Hindman .... production assistant (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Linda Moore .... production assistant (21 episodes, 1991-1993)
Linda Germain .... word processor (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Janet Mazzotti .... production assistant (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Valerie Menk .... production assistant (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Gail Prewitt .... word processor (16 episodes, 1991-1993)
Vicki Casper .... production coordinator (13 episodes, 1991)
Nancy Grimaldi .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1991)
Olivia Knighton .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1991)
Margot McDonough .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1991)
Tori Pollock .... production assistant (13 episodes, 1991)
Lynne Batchelor .... talent coordinator (8 episodes, 1991)
Tom Brocato .... production publicist (8 episodes, 1991)
Alan Burnett .... story editor (8 episodes, 1991)
Bennett E. McClellan .... studio operations executive (8 episodes, 1991)
Annie Montgomery .... program administrator (8 episodes, 1991)
Ellen Cockrill .... program executive (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jo Harn .... international production coordinator (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Glenn Leopold .... story editor (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Victoria McCollum .... production assistant (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Joe Moriconi .... production assistant (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Mario Piluso .... titles (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Joseph Swaney .... production publicist (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Jill Ziegenhagen .... talent coordinator (8 episodes, 1992-1993)
Barbara Simon Dierks .... program administrator (5 episodes, 1991)
Shannon Fallis Kane .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1991)
Jamie Thomason .... talent coordinator (5 episodes, 1991)
 

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Glenn Leopold used the body switching idea in this show's Episode "The Soul Stealer" again in Jonny Quest Real adventures Episode "Cyberswitch."See more »
Quotes:
Bloth:[to Tula] You picked the wrong fight, girl!
[Points to the men standing behind him]
Bloth:I have my top swordsmen with me!
Konk:[Takes it as a huge compliment] Thank you, master!
Bloth:And Konk too!
[Konk sighs in disappointment]
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A great animated series that was became one of the best shows to come out of the 1990's., 6 May 2011
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Out of the thousands of cornball,stupid,and just plain boring cartoons that came out of the 1990's,the short-lived animated series "The Pirates of Dark Water" stood out from all the rest. This was a grand series that was part "Star Wars",part "Thundarr The Barbarian",and part of all of those Errol Flynn swashbuckling films that came out of the 1940's. "The Pirates of Dark Water" was unique in its own special way,and it basically stood out from all of the other cartoons that were all over the place during the 1990's. It's concept was fairly unique. It tells the story of a young man who was the son of a lighthouse keeper who rescues a stranger foundering in the rocks near his home,and finds out that the man he'd rescued,was an aide to his true father, a great king.

The stranger gives the young man(whose name is Ren)a magical compass crystal that will guided him to a dragon who will showed him that to claim his heritage is to find the Thirteen Treasures of Rule. Trouble ensues when a pirate ship captained by the evil Bloth is also aware of the treasure and will go to the ends of the earth,relentlessly pursing Ren for it and to claim the treasures for himself. With the help of his companions to aide him on his quest included Ioz,Tula,and Niddler(a monkeybird),Ren and his crew will stop at nothing to find the thirteen treasures,and to stay one step ahead of Bloth and his evil crew. The quest becomes more urgent with Ren learns that the Dark Water,which is carnivorous form of water that consumes anything it snares which is know to envelope and destroy his world. Only the treasures that Ren seeks can stop it,and any costs before it causes complete chaos throughout.

About this show...the series first premiered as a five-part mini series titled "Dark Water",that aired on the FOX Kids Network from February 25,1991 through March 1, 1991. In the mini-series,which was the first five episodes of the regular series,and most notably during its first season,the original mini-series featured the voice of Roddy McDowell as Niddler,whereas the revised version the character was voiced by Hanna-Barbera regular Frank Welker(for all 21 episodes)which was dubbed onto the original five episodes that later ended up on ABC's Saturday Morning schedule. Originally shown first on FOX,"The Pirates of Dark Water" mini-series ran in the after school time slot on a Monday and ended the following Friday. The series was part of the FOX Kids grand lineup of some of the greatest animated shows ever;right up there with "Batman:The Animated Series","Animaniacs!",and "Peter Pan and the Pirates" that were put of FOX Kids' schedule during the 1990's.

Only season 1 of the series contained the original five episodes,that were also part of ABC's Saturday Morning schedule(that ran during part of the 1991-1992 season,and again in repeats),while Season 2(which ended up in syndication) had 13 episodes that aired from October 12,1991 until December 7, 1991. Its third and final season(which was also shown in first-run syndication) finished with 8 episodes from November 8, 1992 until May 23, 1993. A total of 21 episodes were made during the production. The last telecast ended on May 23,1993. The episodes of the series were aired in the continuation from one segment to another(most of them ended with a cliffhanger until next week)as we join the antics and high adventure escapades of Ren,Tula,and Ioz as they go up against Bloth and his band of evil men in search for the lost treasures each week with great stories and brilliant animation. Simply amazing.

This series was produced by Hanna-Barbera,who were known for their work with "Yogi Bear","The Flintstones",and "Scooby-Doo",just to name a few. The reason why "The Pirates of Dark Water" didn't last very long. For one it was a expensive show to produce,and due to production costs,and failing to meet the airdates,the series was never completed due to low ratings,which still had a great premise. The series ended abruptly after 21 episodes with only eight of the thirteen treasures collected. The led to the end of a great television show that became one of the best cartoons to ever come out of the 1990's. One of the reasons why "Pirates of Dark Water" became successful during its run came from its creator and producer David Kirschner along with Mark Young,Glenn Leopold,and Paul Sabella,who served as executive producer for this series along with a lot of Hanna Barbera shows that came around during the 1990's and early 2000's. Responsible for not this series,but were the producers behind "Swat Kats:The Radical Squadron","The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest", and "Dexter's Laboratory" to name a few.

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