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The Pirates of Dark Water 

A young man learns that he is a Prince with an urgent quest to save his world by finding thirteen magical treasures of rule.

Creator:

David Kirschner
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3   2   1  
1993   1992   1991  

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Cast

Series cast summary:
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
Dick Gautier ...  Additional Voices 18 episodes, 1991-1993
Allan Lurie 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 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 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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Storyline

When Ren (George Newbern), a young son of a lighthouse keeper, rescues a stranger foundering in the rocks near his home, he learns the man was an aide to his true father, a great King. Ren is given a magic compass crystal that guides him to a dragon who shows him that the only way to claim his heritage is to find the Thirteen Treasures of Rule. Unfortunately, a pirate ship captained by the evil Bloth (Brock Peters) is also aware of this treasure and is relentlessly pursuing Ren for it. On his side, Ren soon acquires companions like Ioz the Pirate (Hector Elizondo and Jim Cummings), Tula the Eco-Mage (Jodi Benson), and Niddler the Monkey-Bird (Frank Welker and Roddy McDowall), who help him in his quest. That quest becomes all the more urgent when Ren learns that the Dark Water, a carnivorous form of water that consumes anything it snares, threatens to envelope and destroy his world and only the treasures he seeks can stop it. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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TV-Y7

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Trivia

One of the few Saturday morning cartoons that actually show two characters dying. In the episode "Break Up", while Ioz and Tula are fleeing from the guards during a revolt, on Pandawa, one of the guards falls into the water, and the Dark Water engulfs him. In the episode "A Drop of Darkness", an old woman named Cray tries to make a youth potion. However, it doesn't turn out too well, the potion actually ages her to the point she becomes old, and dies. See more »

Quotes

Tula: This is going to be a long trip...
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Alternate Versions

The first five episodes were originally aired in 1991 as the mini-series "Dark Water". The voice of the character Niddler the Monkey-bird was played by Roddy McDowall. After this became a TV series, when the first 5 episodes were rerun, the voice of Niddler was redubbed by Frank Welker and other editing changes were made. See more »

Connections

Spin-off The Pirates of Dark Water (1994) See more »

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Fantastic Series
28 May 2005 | by soarelationSee all my reviews

This show was fantastic!!! I watched when I was five, and it is the best animated show in cartoon history. I think the reason that the cartoon was so good is because it was the first animated series that show a form of plot that continued throughout the episodes. The characters were very well developed and the story line was outstanding, then again, I love almost all fantasy stories. The story was original, and it was sooooo good. Even thought the show was amazing, the series was never finished, there are only 21 episodes in all. Also it is not aired anymore, except on Boomerang and Australian Cartoon Network, so not every one can watch it. I wish the series would be finished, and released on DVD. If you search the web, using Pirates of Dark Water, then many fan bases will pop up, and you can find a link on some of the sites to petition for PoDW's release commercially!!!! Again, this is the best cartoon I have ever seen, and it is the only one that my mom would actually watch with me!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

(21 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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