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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.

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David Kirschner
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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, 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 is also aware of this treasure and is relentlessly pursuing Ren for it. On his side, Ren soon acquires companions like Ioz the Pirate, Tula the Eco-Mage and Nibbler the Monkey Bird 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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Certificate:

TV-Y7
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le tourbillon noir See more »

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Runtime:

(21 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Although Niddler was originally voiced by Roddy McDowall, still the squawking sounds of Niddler was voiced by Frank Welker. See more »

Quotes

Bloth: [to Tula] You picked the wrong fight, girl!
[Points to the men standing behind him]
Bloth: I have my top swordsmen with me!
Konk: [Takes it as a huge compliment] Thank you, master!
Bloth: And Konk too!
[Konk sighs in disappointment]
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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 »

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one of the best
4 September 2005 | by ShimmySnailSee all my reviews

I rented this on VHS, then bought the toys, then collected the comics, it was so good. I never knew there was a TV show until after it was gone and unavailable. I'd buy it on DVD in a second.

The concept was fairly unique, dark water taking over the world and the hero going on a quest for magical items to stop its progress. It was like a fantasy take on pirates of the Spanish Main. The ships had really neat concepts, like the hero's ship which could glide for short distances, gigantic waterfalls in the ocean, and some sort of gas gun that worked by stimulating a living creature to produce knockout gas. The main bad guy, Bloth, had a ship which was actually a gargantuan carcass of a long dead sea creature, so it looked cool as well.

It had the same set of characters as a lot of fantasy films, close to Star Wars, but the characters were amazingly three dimensional for a cartoon. Niddler was likable, but you were never sure he would be on your side when the going got rough, and not in a typical cowardly save-his-own-skin type of way, but a maybe-he-really-is-evil type of way.


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