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)
... Trow / Hunter (voice)
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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: You're coming with us. Back to the King where you belong!
The Shadow: Oh my, you are so fierce!
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This is one they ought to resurrect.
19 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

WOW. Here we are, twenty-five years after "Faeries" first aired, and I thought I'd COMPLETELY hallucinated the experience.

Supposedly it was based upon the 1978 book of the same name, which was basically a collection of paintings by Brian Froud -- the artist who would go on to do the conceptual art for such films as "Labyrinth" and "The Dark Crystal" -- of different types of Faeries, with the illustrations strung together by some narrative text. (I read the book afterward, and it's very enjoyable.) But "Faeries" also borrows several significant characters from actual Irish legend: part of the Fenian Cycle involving Oisín, the son of the hero Fionn mac Cumhal, and his adventures in the "other world" with a Faerie woman named Niamh.

That's a LOT of unexpected depth for an ABC weekend special. Especially considering its short running time, and being mainly geared for children, it packed a narrative wallop, was visually pleasing, and didn't patronize the viewer.

Today, it's an official "rare cartoon"; it just seemed to vanish into thin air after one viewing like one of its namesakes.

Pity.


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