The king of the faeries sends for a young hunter after his shadow escapes and threatens his kingdom.



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Cast overview:
Faerie King / Shadow (voice)
Craig Schaefer ...
Oisin (voice)
Princess Niamh (voice)
Puck / Fir Darrig / Trow / Hunter (voice)
Bob Arbogast ...
Kobold / Trow / Hunter (voice)
Hag (voice)
Linda Gary ...
Hag (voice)
Mel Welles ...
Trow / Hunter (voice)


Animated TV special based on a series of popular fantasy books that have their basis in Irish folklore. Young hunter Oisin is returning with his family from an unsuccessful hunt. He notices a fawn and strays away from his group. The fawn turns out to be a beautiful fairy princess who asks him for help. Her father, the fairy king has accidentally given life to his shadow. When it became strong enough it ran away to feed on darkness of the forest and prepare trolls, witches and other creatures to take over the fairy land and bring upon the eternal night over the land forever. The king is certain that young Oisin with the help of the king's assistant, shape-shifting Pan-like goat-boy Puck, can stop his evil shadow. However, they must find the location of the shadow's dark castle first.

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Oisin: What on Earth?
Kobold: It's the Unseely Court! They're on patrol for the Evil Shadow!
Puck: Run For the Trees! That bunch loves human flesh!
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Short, sweet faerie tale
17 May 2002 | by (Middle-Earth) – See all my reviews

This could have been easily an ABC Weekend Special. Sadly, I only found it once in a rental store and never saw it again.

Sad, because this was a pretty good story with so-so heroes and cool villians.

Oisin is a poor hunter. When he tries to shoot a deer, it becomes a blue fairy that takes him to FairyLand (obviously). There, he learns that he has to destroy the evil Shadow, who was created from the fairy king's own shadow.

It's a typical fairy tale, but it'll keep your interest if you have a half hour to spare. Good news for Disney Haters: there's no songs, only a ballet-like theme. The animation is okay, but does seem sketchy at times.

Fun Fact: This film was based on a book written and illustrated by artist Brian Froud. He would go on to create the artwork for the films "The Dark Crystal" and "Labyrinth", both directed by the Great Jim Henson....

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