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

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A trio of kids must search throughout 16th Century South America for personal answers linked to the legendary El Dorado.

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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)
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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>

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Esteban and the Seven Cities of Gold  »

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Trivia

The series was based in part on Scott O'Dell's 1966 novel "The King's Fifth". 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.
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Connections

Followed by The Mysterious Cities of Gold (2012) 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
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Hands down, the BEST cartoon in animation history
25 April 2003 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

I have been on this earth for 20 years, and I have yet to see any cartoon that even matches this one!!! EVERYTHING about this cartoon is the best. The plot, characters, even the intro music is the best!!! I can still remember the golden days when I was a little kid and watch this cartoon on Nickelodeon. Those were the days!!! If it was still on, I would watch it faithfully everyday!! I can't say enough glorious comments about this cartoon. Hands down, the best cartoon. In my opinion, some honorable runner-ups are Cyber Cops, The Adventures of Tintin, The Real Ghostbusters, and Danger Mouse. As great as those are, they can't hold a stick to "The Mysterious Cities of Gold" My only regret is that when the show was on TV, I was old enough to figure out how the VCR worked.


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