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The king of the faeries sends for a young hunter after his shadow escapes and threatens his kingdom.

Director:

Lee Mishkin

Writers:

Brian Froud (book), Alan Lee (book) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Hans Conried ... Faerie King / Shadow (voice)
Craig Schaefer Craig Schaefer ... Oisin (voice)
Morgan Brittany ... Princess Niamh (voice)
Frank Welker ... Puck / Fir Darrig / Trow / Hunter (voice)
Bob Arbogast Bob Arbogast ... Kobold / Trow / Hunter (voice)
June Foray ... Hag (voice)
Linda Gary Linda Gary ... Hag (voice)
Mel Welles ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Faeries See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Oisin: Those Trees almost look alive.
Puck: Huh, Scared of Trees!... Send a Boy to do a Man's errand!
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Just Wonderful
13 January 2011 | by GdenofaSee all my reviews

I was about 7 when I first saw this CBS special that my mom recorded for me. Years later, I was able to obtain a new VHS of the show. Sadly this classic was never put on DVD so I had it done so I no longer had to worry about the tape getting damaged.

All I can say is that cartoons lack so much these days. This is your classic good vs evil storyline. But what makes it so intriguing, is the characters are based on the book Faeries by Brian Froud, the guy that helped with the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. The music is wonderful and the ending with the hero fighting the villain is dramatic and intense and keep you on your seat.

I would rate this a 10 but I give it a 9 only because I wish it was longer.

If your lucky to get a copy, have your kids watch it. Should them the good stuff that they missed out on!


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