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The Mysterious Cities of Gold 

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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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)
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 Kokapetl / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 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)
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 Menator / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
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 Captain Gaspard / ... (39 episodes, 1982-1983)
Tomoko Ai ...
 Lana (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 (36 episodes, 1982-1983)
Hubert Noël ...
 Pichu (34 episodes, 1982-1983)
Pierre Garin ...
 Gaspard (17 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

In an early draft of the concept, the golden condor was a metallic Grey condor, Bernard Deyries came up with the idea of making the condor with gold. The idea was accepted by the rest of the team. 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 »

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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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Referenced in Final Fantasy V (1992) See more »

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Les Mystérieuses Citées D'Or
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Written by Haim Saban & Shuki Levy
Performed by Jacques Cardona as "Apollo"
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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.


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