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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
...  Kokapetl / ... 39 episodes, 1982-1983
...  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
...  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
...  Menator / ... 39 episodes, 1982-1983
A.J. Henderson ...  Captain Gaspard / ... 39 episodes, 1982-1983
Tomoko Ai ...  Lana 39 episodes, 1982-1983
...  Priest 39 episodes, 1982-1983
Isabelle Ganz ...  Zia 39 episodes, 1982-1983
...  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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Each episode was followed by a very short live-action educative documentary. 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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Soundtracks

Itsuka Dokokade Anatani Atta
(Japanese Ending song)
Music by Katsuo Ôno (as Katsuo Ono)
Arrangements by Jun Satou
Lyrics by Yû Aku
Performed by Pal
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Unforgettable
24 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

Children of the sun, see your time has just begun, searching for your

way through adventures everyday... I remember when I was 5 years old

watching every episode, enthralled by what I saw. Recently, I discovered

that a friend had taped every episode back in the late 80s and allowed

me to copy all of them - talk about a find! I hear that the series is

now available on VCD thanks to collectors (on eBay). Nickelodeon will

never re-air the show, as Saban, the company who owned the American

rights to it, had a fire which their episodes were lost in. My friend

also had a copy of the French soundtrack (!) which I copied. It's great

to relive memories when you can :-)


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