The Mysterious Cities of Gold (1982–1983)
"Taiyô no ko Esteban" (original title)

TV Series  -   -  Animation | Adventure | Family
8.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.8/10 from 2,165 users  
Reviews: 40 user | 1 critic

The year is 1532. Esteban, a young boy, is told that he was saved by Mendoza, a navigator on a Spanish ship from a ship wreck in a storm at sea. The only clue to his identity is a medal ... See full summary »

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

Way
a list of 22 titles
created 05 Jan 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 22 Jan 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Mysterious Cities of Gold (1982–1983)

The Mysterious Cities of Gold (1982–1983) on IMDb 8.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Mysterious Cities of Gold.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1983   1982  

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Ulysses 31 (TV Series 1981)
Adventure | Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Cartoon series. It is the 31st Century and Ulysses is a famous explorer and pilot in space but he desires to go home to Earth to his wife. He takes his son Telemachus and Telemachus's new ... See full summary »

Stars: Matt Birman, Jacques Ebner, Claude Giraud
Nobody's Boy Remi (TV Series 1977)
Animation | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Stars: Masako Sugaya
Animation | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A team of peacekeepers travels the galaxy solving disputes and exploring new worlds. Set against a story of a dispute between a dictatorial planet vying for more power and the rest of the union.

Stars: Roger Carel, Annie Balestra, Alain Dorval
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Eduardo Jover, Gloria Cámara, Manuel Peiró
Les mondes engloutis (1985–1987)
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Long ago, the mystical civilization of Arkadia was one of the most advanced places on Earth, until the end of the world came and forced the land and it's people underground. After that ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeanine Forney, Chris Benard, Amandine Rajau
Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A furry version of Jules Verne's classic adventure story of the challenge to circumnavigate around the globe in 80 days.

Stars: Banjô Ginga, Ichirô Nagai, Ken'ichi Ogata
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man leads a small band in search of his father while fighting the forces of Sawboss using the various vehicles they carry with them.

Stars: Darrin Baker, René Bériard, Gilles Laurent
Il était une fois... la vie (TV Series 1986)
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The workings of the human body explained by animated characters.

Stars: Roger Carel, Marie-Laure Beneston, Alain Dorval
Knights of the Zodiac (1986–1989)
Animation | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A group a young warriors known as 'Saints', each in possession of a 'cloth' guarded by a different constellation, must protect the reincarnation of the goddess Athena as she attempts to keep the Earth from being destroyed by evil forces.

Stars: Hideyuki Tanaka, Tôru Furuya, Ryô Horikawa
Future Boy Conan (TV Series 1978)
Animation | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

After the world is nearly destroyed by a war, a young boy and his friends must fight to save the world from those who seek to conquer what is left of civilization.

Stars: Noriko Ohara, Masatô Ibu, Mieko Nobusawa
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A group of animals have to leave their home, the Farthing Wood, which was destroyed by the people. They travel to the famous White Deer Park and want to make a new home there. Fox is their ... See full summary »

Stars: Rupert Farley, Stacey Gregg, Ron Moody
Silver Fang (TV Series 1986)
Animation | Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

An Akita-Inu puppy is destined to defend his people against a monstrous bear.

Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Janice Chaikelson ...
 Zia (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Adrian Knight ...
 Tao (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Michael Rudder ...
 Pedro (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Terrence Labrosse ...
 Sancho (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
...
 Kokapetl / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
...
 Captain Gomez (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Maurice Podbrey ...
 Governor Pizarro (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Anick Faris ...
 Lana / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Shiraz Adam ...
 Esteban (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Howard Ryshpan ...
 Mendoza (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Kelly Ricard ...
 Narrator (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Walter Massey ...
 The Doctor (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Dean Hagopian ...
 Kalmec (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
...
 Menator / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
A.J. Henderson ...
 Captain Gaspard / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Tomoko Ai ...
 Lana (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jackie Berger ...
 Esteban (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Shigeru Chiba ...
 Priest (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Isabelle Ganz ...
 Zia (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Tesshô Genda ...
 General Gomez (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Haruna Ikezawa ...
 Wyna (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Rokurô Naya ...
 Subcommander Gaspard (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Sachiko Saitô ...
 Gwynn (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Evelyne Séléna ...
 Narrator / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jean Topart ...
 Narrator / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Mahito Tsujimura ...
 Metnard (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Hideyuki Umezu ...
 Carmec (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Kiyoyuki Yanada ...
 Wanococha (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jean-Claude Ballard ...
 Mendoza (37 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jacques Ferrière ...
 Pedro (37 episodes, 1982-1983)
Francis Lax ...
 Sancho (37 episodes, 1982-1983)
Odile Schmitt ...
 Tao (35 episodes, 1982-1983)
Hubert Noël ...
 Pichu (32 episodes, 1982-1983)
Pierre Garin ...
 Gaspard (16 episodes, 1982-1983)
Edit

Storyline

The year is 1532. Esteban, a young boy, is told that he was saved by Mendoza, a navigator on a Spanish ship from a ship wreck in a storm at sea. The only clue to his identity is a medal that Esteban wears about his neck. Esteban joins Mendoza on a trip from Spain to the new world - the Americas - where on route he meets two other children - Zia - an Inca girl and Tao, the last member of a highly advanced race. All three are looking for different things - Esteban to find his father and his identity, Zia for her father and Tao for remains of his race. The clues for all three quests however all point to the seven Cities of Gold and so the children, Mendoza, Sancho and Pedro - two other sailors and friends of Mendoza start searching in a massive treasure hunt for the Cities Of Gold... Written by Lee Horton <Leeh@tcp.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-Y7 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

|

Release Date:

13 May 1982 (Luxembourg)  »

Also Known As:

Esteban and the Seven Cities of Gold  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(39 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In an early draft of the concept, SOLARIS, the solar vessel was a much more simplistic wood sailing boat with oars activated by a steam engine. Bernard Deyries made a few changes to make to vessel more technologically advanced: he made the boat metallic and came up with the idea of a solar sail. The Japanese team accepted and added the "cube" mechanism that activates the system. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits, Esteban is seen controlling the golden condor using 2 control levers. However, during the episodes proper, he only uses one (the condor just has one, shaped like a cobra). See more »

Quotes

English Opening Titles Narrator: It is the Sixteenth Century. From all over Europe great ships sail west to conquer the New World - the Americas; the men eager to seek their fortune, to find new adventures in new lands. They long to cross uncharted seas and discover unknown countries; to find secret gold on a mountain trail high in the Andes. They dream of following the path of the setting sun, that leads to El Dorado and The Mysterious Cities of Gold.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Anime Abandon: Spawn (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Bouken Sha tashi
(Japanese Opening song)
Music by Katsuo Ôno (as Katsuo Ono)
Arrangements by Jun Satou
Lyrics by Yû Aku
Performed by Pal
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Too good for kids!
22 January 2004 | by (Dundee, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This has to be one of the most thrilling, captivating cartoons I have ever watched.

Set in the 16th century, it focuses on a Spanish ten-year-old boy called Estaban, who is the Child of the Sun and holds the key to opening the fabled Cities of Gold located in the Andes. He meets three men who offer to help him search for his long-lost father in return for him helping them to find the Cities. Accompanying them is a young girl Zia, who also owns a medallion to open the Cities, and a Hiva boy named Tao who they meet on the journey to the still unexplored South America. Pursing them are three men determined to harness the Cities of Gold and its powers of the Sun for themselves and a strange alien race who need the powers to ensure the survival of their race.

Although I couldn't have been more than four or five when I first saw 'The Mysterious Cities of Gold', I still relish memory of the wonderful series and its equally enchanting soundtrack. The characters- both the children and adults- were strongly portrayed and the entire story was solid and involving. I remember spending many days playing the story out, pretending to be Estaban or Zia, and forcing my poor mum to look for the medallion in shops (in vain, unfortunately!).

I wish that either BBC (even one of their rubbish digital channels) or Nickelodeon would repeat this. I'm sure children today would enjoy this as much as myself and my friends did. It's certainly a crime that it's not been put out on DVD yet.


25 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
HMV Exclusive of Mysterious Cities of Gold LeeDiamond
The character you liked most Keep_Searching
Warnings on DVD Boxset plastic_sword
A movie: Is this for real? skeletondance
Region 2 DVD Coming Out February 2008 rjfwalker
sequel guimond-fafard
Discuss The Mysterious Cities of Gold (1982) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?