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Gargoyles 

A clan of heroic night creatures pledge to protect modern New York City as they did in Scotland one thousand years earlier.

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Greg Weisman
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Keith David ...  Goliath / ... 61 episodes, 1994-1996
Salli Richardson-Whitfield ...  Elisa Maza / ... 59 episodes, 1994-1996
Jeff Bennett ...  Brooklyn / ... 46 episodes, 1994-1996
Frank Welker ...  Bronx / ... 44 episodes, 1994-1996
Edward Asner ...  Hudson / ... 39 episodes, 1994-1996
Bill Fagerbakke ...  Broadway / ... 38 episodes, 1994-1996
Thom Adcox-Hernandez ...  Lexington / ... 38 episodes, 1994-1996
Jonathan Frakes ...  David Xanatos / ... 34 episodes, 1994-1996
Brigitte Bako ...  Angela 28 episodes, 1995-1996
Marina Sirtis ...  Demona / ... 28 episodes, 1994-1996
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In the Dark Ages, there was a race of heroic warrior monsters known as Gargoyles. These creatures existed as stone in the day, but become flesh and blood at night. One Scottish clan made an alliance with humans to help protect a castle by night if the humans would protect their stone forms by day. The uneasy alliance was shattered when human prejudice provoked a betrayal that allowed the castle to be sacked and most of the resident clan destroyed, leaving only six adult survivors and a rookery of unhatched eggs. A further misunderstanding during the clan's retaliation on the invaders and rescue of their hostages left the clan frozen in stone by a magic spell that would only be broken when the "castle rises above the clouds." For a thousand years, the castle laid abandoned and the clan condemned by this curse. In 1994, a wealthy multibillionare named David Xanatos bought the castle and transported the whole structure to Manhattan where he placed it on top of the Eyrie building which he... Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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One thousand years ago superstition and the sword ruled. It was a time of darkness. It was a world of fear. It was the age of gargoyles.


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gárgulas See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(78 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Greg Weisman used Odysseus, a human with a remarkable ability to trick others, as an inspiration for Xanatos, especially after he was established as being of Greek descent. See more »

Quotes

Goliath: One thousand years ago, superstition and the sword ruled. It was a time of darkness, it was a world of fear, it was the age of Gargoyles. Stone by day, warriors by night, we were betrayed by the humans we had sworn to protect, frozen in stone by a magic spell for a thousand years. Now, here in Manhattan, the spell is broken and we live again! We are defenders of the night, we are Gargoyles!
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Alternate Versions

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Brilliant show, not just for kids
2 February 1999 | by argyleSee all my reviews

Gargoyles is the only kids' show I've ever seen that contained this much continuity, introducing the concept that actions have consequences that can last more than 30 minutes. There were plot elements introduced in the first few episodes that became important as much as two full years later. You had to pay attention to this one.

When Disney bought ABC, they moved this show from the "Disney Afternoon" to the new Saturday morning line-up. However, they wanted to present it like a new show, so they re-titled it "The Goliath Chronicles." This confused a lot of fans, for a rather pointless reason. The show died that season, and I'm not surprised. Some ABC affiliates didn't carry it at all that year.

"Gargoyles" boasted a cast of voice talents that was truly beyond belief. For the Star Trek fan, the two main villains were Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis, but it didn't end there. Voice talents from *every* Star Trek franchise were included: Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Nichelle Nichols, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Colm Meany, and Levar Burton all contributed. Toss in other great voices like Tim Curry (I'd listen to him recite the phonebook!), Clancy Brown, David Warner and John Rhys-Davies, and you could enjoy this show with a busted picture tube.

And let us not forget: this show was educational. It drew on elements of folklore and cultures from every corner of the globe, including Scottish, Japanese, British, Irish, Chezch, Native American, South American, Greek, Norse, African, Australian... the only continent they didn't hit was Antarctica. The show demonstrated the consequenses of violence, intolerance and illiteracy, and made it entertaining enough for kids to enjoy it without feeling like they were being preached to.

This was a great show. Find the re-runs and watch them with your kids.


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