Animation and Anime

"Olmecs approaching the outer perimeter with a flying machine!" The Mysterious Cities of Gold is Finally Available on DVD

Published at: May 4, 2009, 9:12 a.m. CST

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Anime Spotlight: The Mysterious Cities Of Gold Released by Fabulous Films Inc

"TV on DVD" has evolved to a point where the proposition of finally having the opportunity to acquire a beloved children's animated show on the format provokes questions as much as it does excitement. "Does the fondly remembered work hold up to the scrutiny of modern eyes?" "Am I going to laugh at it or cringe at the notion that I once enjoyed it?" "Given current expectations, is this anything that would interest an audience without a nostalgic attachment?" The most casual observer would spot that Mysterious Cities of Gold's early 80's cell animation looks far different from today's digital fair. Additionally, there is English dub work among the supporting cast that's frankly terrible. I'd argue that despite the short cuts inherent in the style of production being in full evidence, the former is a difference worth appreciating, and that suffering through the occasional gratingly voice character for the few episodes that their role lasts is not too severe. Ultimately these deficits or, depending on the audience, potential deficits, are more than compensated for by a well told children's adventure with surprising sophistication in addition to its effecting sense of wonder and sense of place. I find that many children of the 80's have murky memories of the cartoons that they used to watch on Nickelodeon as that MTV of cable children's programming picked up steam. If you mention Belle and Sebastian, Bananaman, Maya the Bee or Noozles, the name may provoke some vague recollections. It seems like the shows with evocative theme songs were the ones that effectively etched themselves into the memory of this generation. There's the Cosgrove Hall series, Danger Mouse and count Duckula, and then there's the one that few can forget... the Mysterious Cities of Gold.
"Its the 15th 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 and 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." "Someday we will find, the Cities of Gold!" Loosely based on Scott O'Dell's Newbery honored The King's Fifth, the French/Japanese collaboration was animated by Studio Pierrot (Naruto, Bleach) from a script by Bernard Deyries, Jean Chalopin and Mitsuru Kaneko. There are some noteworthy connections in the production credits, but not the ones some might expect. Jean Chalopin and Bernard Deyries had previously produced another French-Japanese animated series called Ulysses 31. The music for show was produced by mogul-to-be Haim Saban, along with Shuki Levy. Contrary to some speculation/misremembering, the series has nothing to do with Hayao Miyazaki and almost nothing to do Studio Ghibli or its antecedents. Character designer Toshiyasu Okada was a key animator of Grave of the Fireflies and an animation director on Dog of Flanders, which featured the work of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, but that's about the extent of the significant crossover. Caught up in the Conquistadors' attempt to exploit South America for its gold resources, the series follows three children hoping to discover living relatives and the true histories in the sought after, legendary Cities of Gold. Esteban is twelve years old, presumed to be an orphan after Spanish navigator Mendoza saved the infant Esteban when he and his father were lost at see. Raised by the Church in Barcelona, Esteban is reputed to be the "Child of the Sun," capable of convincing the sky to clear up in the midst of storms. Also in Spain, the series introduces Zia, the daughter of an Incan priest who was kidnapped and given to the Queen. Through some convincing and some coercion, Esteban and Zia, along with Mendoza and his far less competent cohorts - rotund, stuttering Sancho and Lupin III-ish Pedro, are sent on a Spanish expedition to locate the Seven Cities of Gold. These protagonists contend with the powers that be during the oceanic voyage, particularly Commander Gomez, a military/political figure who reports to Governor Pizarro, and Captain Gaspard, Gomez's burly martial second. The onboard power-plays are put to an end when a ship wreck causes Esteban, Zia, Mendoza, Sancho and Pedro to be ship wrecked on the Galapagos. There, they meet the third of Mysterious Cities of Gold's trio of child adventurers, Tao - the last descendant of the once advanced Hiva (not to be pedantic, but it's interesting that it's the lost continent of Mu in the non-English versions of the series), who, despite his age and isolated upbringing, is quite clever and informed. With the discovery of a Hiva solar powered/mechanical ship, this group is able to travel to the continent where they contend with the Spanish, find more wondrous inventions such as the memorable golden condor plane, and encounter Incas, Amazons and Mayans, in addition to other, lost tribes.
Especially after series like Oban Star Racers and Avatar: The Last Airbender, it is possible to oversell Mysterious Cities of Gold's character work. Yet, it still deserves credit for strongly developing Esteban, Zia, Tao and Mendoza. It presents an energetic, age appropriate triangle between Esteban, Zia and Tao. Esteban and Tao initially butt heads due to the formers proclivity for being quick thinking but also quick to act and the latter being self satisfied in the depth of his knowledge. As it progresses, the series gives these characters plenty of credit. The self sacrificing nobility is as expected from this sort of quest, but what's noteworthy is how both Esteban and Tao apply their minds to political and martial tactics without losing their virtue or pure motives. With Tao this takes the form of inventions. With Esteban, it's more subtle and interesting. On several occasions, Esteban achieves an aim by dissembling or outright lying without being corrupted in the process or being depicted in a negative light as a consequence of his machinations. Throughout Mysterious Cities of Gold, there are certain challenges that only Zia can meet due to her Incan heritage, but, for the most part, her place as a character bookends the series. Early on she exhibits bravery and determination that the adult males are forced to respect. That said, her character trajectory is not one with which feminists will be entirely enamored. While she keeps pace with Esteban and Tao, she is less likely to effect a situation, less agency than the others. This is encapsulated in the character cuts in the opening credits sequence. Esteban jumps up, kicking off his shoes. Tao leaps, spread eagle into the air. Zia wipes a tear from her eye and smiles sweetly. From an adult perspective, the resolution of Zia's story may not feel like optimal treatment of the character. Mendoza is another character that doesn't hold up as well from a contemporary, adult perspective. Watching him competently maneuver through the situation attempting to shape it to his own aims is still entertaining, but the Han Solo evolution from likable, if dangerous, rogue to more stalwart ally now feels very familiar.
The Mysterious Cities of Gold is set apart from its contemporaries, particularly, the contemporaries that made it to North America by its long form story telling and characterizations. While the series could be faulted for rushed, forgettable or in some cases omitted resolutions to its plot threads, it does have an effective episode to episode continuity. Momentum is built up as the heroes and villains trace clues in a race for the Cities of Gold. To the extend that there's empathy for the characters, and to the extend that there's a desire to see the characters succeed, this current in the story matters, but the real function as the precarious situation of one episode either spills into or sets the stage for the next is how the events pave the route for the quest. As part of that carry through, as they're swept up in the plot, the characters do, literally, move. From the ocean voyage, to the Andes to the Amazon, from the Incans to the Mayans; Esteban, Zia and Tao traverse the Americas, experiencing a geographic and cultural spectrum in the journey. As the scenery changes, the series rewards discovery. Nothing in Mysterious Cities of Gold is set on a generic landscape. Between weather, buildings, and vegetation, the animators labored to produce composite images that convey scale, as well as a specific, place, time and situation. Even compared to modern, big budget production, its imagery of clouds sitting on a mountain top as seen from the terrace of a summit temple or splotches of overcast sky as seen from the precarious spot in the middle of a gorge spanning rope bridge are moving. Watching Esteban and his companions fly over the Nazca valley in their golden condor is as magical as childhood memories painted the show. There are several aspects of the series and its packaging of which responsible content selectors should be aware before deciding whether to show their children The Mysterious Cities of Gold. Its violence is not notably more frequent, intense or graphic than most current children's shows. The weapons are real, historical ones, such as knives, swords, arrows and canons, which is a distinction from the fantastic gloss that is usually seen these days. However, the real differentiating factor is the explicit consequence of the violence. While few people are actually injured or die, The Mysterious Cities of Gold does note that that is the intension of much of the conflict. These people are trying to hurt each other, and in some cases, they actually accomplish it. Beyond the content of the animated series, episodes are concluded with brief live action mini-documentaries, not shown when the series aired on Nickelodeon. These address the modern and ancient cultures of Latin America, speak to subjects such as sea navigation and the unique species of the Galapagos and retell the legends of the lands' peoples. Starting with the first documentary, I can see potentially objectionable material in these. I will probably give a set of the series to a friend with three daughters younger than its cast If it upsets the kids or if the parents watch with them, I wouldn’t be surprised to get some grief when the first documentary talks about how the Aztecs would "drug" and "sacrifice" girls - complete with reenactment. In fact, one of the boxes in the mosaic title screen to the documentaries shows a young woman struggling as she's held down onto an alter. I'm not as worried about footage of topless women living a pre-modern lifestyle, but I still imagine that it'll be an issue for the content selecting adults in the lives of some children when it crops up in a few of the mid to latter documentaries.
Revisiting cherished children's shows has proven to be a treacherous endeavor. More often than not, it results in being mugged by a series that enthralled you in you're younger days. Mysterious Cities of Gold is a delightful exception. While by no means perfect, it is smart enough and beautiful enough that audiences with a childhood attachment, as well as new viewers, will find Mysterious Cities of Gold to be a rewarding experience. In addition to how surprisingly well the series holds up, there is a surprising amount of bonus material packaged with it. The 39 episode work is included in six discs, each of which has bonus features, including behind the scenes documentaries, deleted scenes, alternative versions, storyboards, cast biographies - in this case proving to be interesting, and other legitimately fun pack-ins such as the dubbing cast recreating a scene. This is the rare instance where bonuses are more than back-of-the-box-bullet points, and are in fact impressive in their quantity and in what they bring to the release. As an aside, I don't think Mysterious Cities of Gold will sell as well as it might have in the heat of the TV on DVD craze, but I do feel/hope it will do a healthy number. What I regret is that historic children's animated series that don't have nostalgic roots in North America have been unable to find an audience. Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water is a fun, Jules Verne inspired adventure from Gainax and Hideaki Anno, the people behind Evangelion; with a loose connection to Hayao Miyazaki. It's been released on DVD several times in North America and always struggled. I don't even think Future Boy Conan, a series that was by Miyazaki would find a place. Ultimately, I suspect it's too late for DVDs of Future Boy Conan, World Masterpiece Theatre and the like, but if you remember Mysterious Cities of Gold fondly or catch it on DVD and want more of its ilk, Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water is still available.

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  • May 4, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    First Baby, !

    by The real Jack Bauer

    woo-hoo

  • May 4, 2009, 8:06 a.m. CST

    But not a big Anime Fan

    by The real Jack Bauer

  • May 4, 2009, 8:13 a.m. CST

    This is legendary in the UK

    by dastickboy

    To folks of a certain age of course.

  • May 4, 2009, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Great theme song

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • May 4, 2009, 8:25 a.m. CST

    so excited!

    by harold_maude

    I loved this show and yeah my memories are vague but it still means so much to me :)

  • May 4, 2009, 8:39 a.m. CST

    I've recently rewatched this

    by theyreflockingthisway

    This set was released on DVD in the UK about a year ago and I had to buy it. <br><br> I've bought a couple of old cartoon series on DVD that I used to love. I found Transformers and Thundercats to be mere shadows of the "awesome" show I enjoyed as a child. <br><br> They Mysterious Cities of Gold, however, is still absolutely fantastic. On a set I bought for a bit of nostalgic blast, I was hooked and wanted to see what happened in the next episode as if I was watching Lost or some show I enjoy now. <br><br> It's just great intelligent children's television. A show that doesn't treat kids as stupid and that they're aware that some of the uglier things in life do occur. It is very much a children's show - but it doesn't insult their intelligence which is nice. It's certainly a lot better than other 80's rubbish such as the Transformers and Thundercats (sorry guys - they aint what I remember).

  • I'm giving this site a miss until it's all over with. NOTHING more annoying. Glad thus is coming out though. Ran home from school to watch this back in the day.

  • May 4, 2009, 8:48 a.m. CST

    Umm, it's Olmecs isn't it?

    by HoboCode

    Not Omecs.

  • May 4, 2009, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Firefox + Adblock Plus

    by donkey_lasher

    and say bye bye to those intrusive Ads. Seriously, how do they get away with it??

  • May 4, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    And yes I purchased this.

    by HoboCode

    I've been waiting for this DVD to come out since DVD came out. The bottlegs I have are shitty quality so this is welcome. One of the best cartoon series ever!

  • May 4, 2009, 8:52 a.m. CST

    DVD

    by HoboCode

    Do the episodes on the DVD still include the documentary shorts on modern South American culture?

  • May 4, 2009, 8:54 a.m. CST

    80's cartoons

    by donkey_lasher

    Transformers doesn't hold up well at all, Thundercats fares better, Ullyses 31 was great.

  • May 4, 2009, 9:04 a.m. CST

    And....

    by donkey_lasher

    ...is Sport Billy and Starfleet on DVD yet?

  • May 4, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST

    re: HoboCode

    by ScottGreen

    Yes, the post episode documentaries are included in the DVD release

  • May 4, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    This show does exist! I knew it!

    by Alkeoholic77

    I have been the only one of my friends for years who remembered this show and my friends thought I made the whole thing up. WHO'S CRAZY NOW!!! MUAHAHAHA!!!

  • May 4, 2009, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Same with Belle and Sebastian!!

    by Alkeoholic77

    Everyone kept telling me I was wrong about that too and only thought of that Emo band! The pieces are falling into place....

  • May 4, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Give me a quality box set of FUTURE BOY CONAN!!!...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...the subtitles on my bootleg set are nearly incomprehensible...your standard auto-translate gibberish (but pretty amusing).

  • May 4, 2009, 9:41 a.m. CST

    This, along with Robotech, is one of my favorite cartoons

    by Amy Chasing

    from childhood. The room with the Jade Mask was cool, but then to find out there actually was a Jade Mask in real-life made the show even better.

  • May 4, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    To dastickboy

    by Youngdog

    What a great age that was - Dogtanian and this on the BBC, Dangermouse and Trapdoor on ITV. <P>No wonder we grew up with such a highly developed sense of professionalism.

  • May 4, 2009, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Also include..

    by Youngdog

    Chocky<P>Children of the Dogstar<P>Tripods<P>Any I missed chaps?

  • May 4, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Excellent

    by sanzaru

    This show is an absolute classic. Anybody know anything about the status of the sequel series and/or the feature film version mentioned on wikipedia?

  • May 4, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    This show was one of my favorites.

    by rev_skarekroe

    But I kept missing episodes and never got to see how it ended. I may have to get this.

  • May 4, 2009, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Now just get me Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    and I'll die a happy man. <p> I know it's not exactly anime, but whatever..

  • May 4, 2009, 10:40 a.m. CST

    rev_skarekroe

    by sanzaru

    I was the same way- never caught the ending, and was haunted for over a decade. Finally tracked down the rest online a year or two back. Amazingly, it all holds up, nostalgia or no. Absolutely worth it!

  • May 4, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    remember jason and the wheeled warriors

    by daddyfatnads

    chockys children starfleet sport billy centurians battle of the planets

  • May 4, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    mask

    by daddyfatnads

  • May 4, 2009, 10:45 a.m. CST

    not the one with cher.

    by daddyfatnads

  • May 4, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    I don't know...

    by wampa 1

    ...but it sure smells good!

  • May 4, 2009, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Jayce and the wheeled warriors!

    by Youngdog

    Good call daddyfatnads!<P>What a concept - sentient plant/machine hybrids as bad guys. The hero's dad created them!<P>And Centurions kicked all sorts of arse as well - POWER EXTREME!

  • May 4, 2009, 11 a.m. CST

    Best cartoon

    by Philvis

    Deep Discount DVD has the deluxe version for $48 and the standard version for $30. Best price on the net. It is definitely a few notches above the bootlegs I have had for the past 10 years. I agree with the other poster about getting Spatakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea out next.

  • May 4, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    Brilliant series. Brilliant set. And if you hate how dumb kids

    by Mr Nicholas

    shows are these days, definitely pick it up.

  • May 4, 2009, 12:25 p.m. CST

    does anyone remeber the boy who never laughed

    by daddyfatnads

    i think thats what it was called,it was about a lad who swapped his laugh for the ability to win any bet he made.

  • May 4, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Awesome! I can finally stop watching it on YouTube

    by finky089

    Seeing snippets there has been the only way to prove to myself and others that this show really did exist. It wasn't as widely seen in the US, I guess. <p> This, indeed, is exciting news.

  • May 4, 2009, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea

    by finky089

    Another good one mentioned above. I never did see how that series ended...

  • May 4, 2009, 12:56 p.m. CST

    holy shit...

    by JRyanH

    talk about a blast from the past. i hadn't thought of this cartoon in ages. i watched it when i was VERY young. like 5 or 6 years old. crazy...

  • May 4, 2009, 12:59 p.m. CST

    mr nicholas

    by theyreflockingthisway

    kids shows were dumb back then too - infact the 80's was notorious for dumb cartoons. However Cities of Gold, along with a couple of others, were exceptions. Great children's programmes amongst the crap we had back then. <br><br> I don't know what kids TV is like today since I'm too old to be interested in them but if it just looks like crap at a glance then we can't assume there's no hidden gems being shown now either.

  • May 4, 2009, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Spartacus Ending *SPOILER*

    by Alientoast

    Ok, I'm going purely from memory here going on maybe 20 years, but from what I remember the ending was really stupid. That sun beneath the sea was about to die, so all the characters except the kids from the surface turn into energy or little suns or something weird to save the sun. Then the kids get dumped back on the surface. I think they keep one of those baby versions of the ship they flew around on, but I'm not certain.

  • May 4, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Thanks for reminding me of this show's existence

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Not to mention Belle & Sebastien and co. (although the band re-tweaked my interest in that gem). There really was a little mini-movement happening in the alternative animation industry (read: non-American) back in the early-'90s. A lot of them were French-Japan collabs, too. I've noticed similarities between the two countries in a whole lot of other mediums as well. Very curious.<p> Anyway, stellar work as always, Scott. You really are AICN's [dark] workhorse.

  • May 4, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    seppukudkurosawa...I don't think most of this good...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...stuff was really happening in the early 90's. I grew up overseas and saw a lot of these shows (and countless others that never made it to the US) long before. I think that in the 90's some cable channels needed material and finally started looking beyond J.I.Joe, He Man, and breakfast cereal tie-in shows.

  • May 4, 2009, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Oops

    by seppukudkurosawa

    I meant to say early '80s. I probably wrote '90s for the exact same reason you mentioned though (that's when I finally saw them).

  • May 4, 2009, 1:31 p.m. CST

    ...and about "French-Japan" collaborations...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...several European countries deregulated their television ( from one or two government run stations)in the seventies...this resulted in countless tiny upstart TV stations that needed quick and cheap programming...and Japanese animation was available, cheap, and easy to dub. Anyway, an entire generation of European kids grew up watching nothing but Japanese shows. Eventual collaboration was inevitable. Some of the results were great...some were weak attempts to cash in.

  • May 4, 2009, 1:42 p.m. CST

    ScottGreen

    by HoboCode

    Thanks. Great news.

  • May 4, 2009, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Galaxy Express 999

    by seppukudkurosawa

    Anyone know if that one's been released on DVD yet, and if so, whether the subs or dubs are up to scratch? I'm normally not one for nostalgia trips, but I reckon most of these late '70s, early '80s anime series are holding up remarkably well. Galaxy was one of the trippiest, if I remember rightly. Like a Japanese fairytale fever dream brought to life. All kids should be put in the Clockwork Orange chair and forced to watch this shit; their imaginations will thank us for it afterwards.<p> *Unlike almost all of the geeks on here over 30, who are probably singlehandedly responsible for all the '80s remakes in the pipeline and things like GI Joe and Transformers- though that one's kind of a guilty pleasure. Stop cannibalizing your childhoods already!

  • May 4, 2009, 2:43 p.m. CST

    GALAXY EXPRESS was cool...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...for a walk down memory lane YouTube has clips, theme songs and montages of hundreds of shows...usually in Italian, French or Spanish.

  • May 4, 2009, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Awesome, Now give me Orbots.

    by bonecrushersmith

    Dumb, I know, but it's a pretty awesome memory for me.

  • May 4, 2009, 6:53 p.m. CST

    M-m-m-m-Mendoza!

    by Kaitain

    Top stuff, if utterly batty by the end.

  • May 4, 2009, 7 p.m. CST

    Wolverine pop-up

    by Kaitain

    "If that fucking Wolverine thing doesn't stop popping up" Dude, just install Opera and disable pop-ups. Or, alternatively, install Firefox and spend a week adding all the little applets that will bring its functionality close to that of Opera, albeit slightly more bloated.

  • May 4, 2009, 7:03 p.m. CST

    does anyone remeber the boy who never laughed

    by Kaitain

    Yeah, his name was Tim Tyler. I think it was a dubbed German show.

  • May 4, 2009, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Kids TV in the '80's was indeed awesome

    by chimpjnr

    Chocky and Chocky's Challenge were pretty good. Moonfleet on BBC was wonderful, and as for Press Gang on ITV... But then, every now and then, they'd throw a show into the mix that just left you reeling. "Dramarama" on ITV used to do one-off 30 min dramas. Most were fairly light, but there was one about this little kid who was being physically abused by his parents. He had a pet rabbit if memory serves me correctly, and it fared even worse than him. It was harrowing stuff. I couldn't sleep for days.

  • May 4, 2009, 8:50 p.m. CST

    I Remember it Fondly!

    by The Dreaded Rear Admiral

    Great show from the '90's. Of course, I was already an adult, but it was my own secret! Nice to hear most folks say it stands the test of time. I recently bought The Littles DVD set, and while it's still a lot of fun to watch, it's not a absolutely great as I remember it. Now, for the luvva GAWD, Mighty ORBOTS! Please! Fuck Tonka, bring us MIGHTY ORBOTS!

  • May 4, 2009, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Anyone remember "Leo the Lion"?

    by spire_walk

    (Second season of Kimba) That had the be the single darkest cartoon ever made. It was what Disney would rip off later with Lion King... except with Leo... not only did his parents die, but his "wife"... and eventually himself at the finale. Even when he won he was emotionally beaten or exhausted. Youtube it sometime and ignore the 2 hr anime that came out a few years back.

  • May 5, 2009, 12:45 a.m. CST

    chimpjnr - Dramarama

    by Youngdog

    Just reading that word brought back so much. Now I know what remembering a repressed memory feels like.<P>My head is swimming, my hands are clammy and now I need to check my pants.<P>Good work fella!

  • May 5, 2009, 3:10 a.m. CST

    This and Dogtanion...

    by Alonzo Mosely

    That is my childhood right there... That and the regular beatings...

  • May 5, 2009, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Did they ever find the cities of gold????

    by Bungion Boy

    I remember watching this on Nick in the early 80's. I loved it so much and would wake up early (I believe it was on at 6 am in the days I watched it) to see it. But as much as I saw, I don't remember if I ever saw the end and I couldn't remember if the story wrapped up. Can't wait to revisit this. Man, I miss the early days of Nick and all the great shows that were on it. Not just the animation, but classics like Dennis the Menace, Lassie, The Monkees, plus the Canadian imports like You Can't Do That on Television. I look at that network today and I'm appalled by all I see. In this day and age of thousands of cable channels, I'd love to see some play programming from back in the day. Would have to be cheaper than shows starring Jonas Brothers.

  • May 5, 2009, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Bungion Boy

    by Gizmo21

    They certainly did- but I won't give away the ending as it doesn't go exactly to plan. Incidentally, if you watched this in the UK, I own the UK version which came out a while ago and one of the extras is Phillip Schofield and Gordon the Gopher in the broom cupboard doing the sing-along. Awesome nostalgia trip for us folks in the British Isles

  • May 5, 2009, 4:49 p.m. CST

    It's NEVER too late for FUTURE BOY CONAN

    by Harry Weinstein

    It's Miyazaki, and it's really good. It'd sell to people who might not otherwise touch an anime release. Of course we'll never know because most anime fans in the US are utter fucktards with no appreciation of the history of that which they claim to love so much - and that's the audience that the anime-oriented labels cater to. The utter fucktards.

  • May 5, 2009, 10:32 p.m. CST

    But Youngdog...

    by chimpjnr

    Do you remember that specific episode? Christ, it scared the shit out of me. The little boy had bruises all over him (which was how the teachers uncovered the truth), but it was so hard to watch. In other news though...Dog'tanion - was it the Muskahounds or the Musketeers? It was always very uneven on its own name. Great show though, especially when Richeloux was unveiled in the Garden of Versailles.

  • May 6, 2009, 3:43 a.m. CST

    chimpjnr - you are in luck!

    by Youngdog

    You can find a synopsis here<P>http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/series/18005<P>Me? One look at the wavey titles and I was off behind the sofa. It would need some deep, deep therapy and possibly hypnosis to drag those memories out.

  • May 6, 2009, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Thanks Youngdog - I found it

    by chimpjnr

    "A couple of Charlies" (1986). Produced with the help of the NSPCC. The stuff nightmares are (and indeed were) made of. Anyway...anyone remember "Silas"?

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