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Footage From The Sequel To The '80s Cartoon THE MYSTERIOUS CITIES OF GOLD!!

John Ary here with a bit of interesting news for the folks who grew up on the classic Nickelodeon programming of the mid-80's. If you were one of the lucky kids to have cable, chances are you probably watched at least one episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold.

The show was a Japanese-Franco production co-produced by DiC Entertainment and Studio Pierrot. DiC of course created some of the best/worst animation of the 80's with Inspector Gadget, The Real Ghostbusters and The Littles. The Mysterious Cities of Gold first season ran for 39 episodes. 30 years later it will get a new season of episodes that pick up where the show left off. I have no idea what is being said in this new French trailer, but all of the old-school characters are there including Esteban, Zia, Tao, Sancho, Pedro and my favorite Mendoza.

I haven't been able to find any confirmation of its official return date in France or if it will return to North America, but you can find more production pics on the TF1 Facebook page.


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  • June 7, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    time I watched it I was a kid

  • June 7, 2012, 9:17 a.m. CST

    My Dad will love this!! FIRST!!!

    by Steve

    When he used to work up on the mines he could only get two channels. He would watch this show every day and phone us to see if we had watched it too :)

  • June 7, 2012, 9:22 a.m. CST

    I only want an epic 3D masterpiece of Ulysses 31

    by _ISITIN3D_

    It would be incredible.

  • June 7, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Da Da Da Da Da Inspector Gadget Da Da Da Da Da Daaa Daaaaaa

    by Obi Wanna Cannoli

    My kid is hooked on this show and I told her I watched it when it came out. She asked was I little when it came out. I said, "No I was a Senior in High School with no life".

  • June 7, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    23rd June seems to be when it comes out in France

    by Johnboy40

    and it looks like they go to china. remember this from when i were a kid. as for ulysses 31, they would have to ditch the damn robot .

  • It would be incredible.

  • June 7, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Mighty big shoes to fill.

    by Steve Rogers

    The original was one of the best cartoons ever. This one's going to have big shoes to fill. I'm glad to see it's a continuation rather than a reboot that was erroneously alluded to in the title. They still had six more Cities of Gold to find at the end of the first series, so it makes sense to pick up there. I'm hoping it has the documentaries at the end of each episode like the old one too.

  • June 7, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Broadcast on the BBC on prime time kids TV back in the late 80's

    by Lord Albion

    We all grew up singing the theme tune, which the BBC kindly provided a lyric sheet for if you wrote in. I missed the last episode and had to wait for nearly thirty years to get the DVD boxed set, which I am now watching with my own children!

  • June 7, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    live action Ulysses:

    by Grace_Panda

  • June 7, 2012, 9:42 a.m. CST

    I watched this... and the Noozles.

    by Tigger Tales

    The only thing I brought with me from this show, though, is a couple images in my mind of the temples, and the titular city. Watching that trailer brought back a lot...

  • June 7, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST

    live action ulysses

    by Johnboy40

    would still need to lose the damn robot

  • June 7, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    So, was Mendoza the kid's father?

    by Squashua

    I always watched these out of order and not enough of them.

  • June 7, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST


    by Squashua


  • June 7, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST


    by Dollar Bird

    If it came to the US, I'd watch it. I spent many a summer's afternoon watching this series. Then I missed the last episode. I was so upset. Then, it came to Netflix instant and I finally caught up. Loved the conceit of the show. It was my first introduction to the idea of a great civilization crumbling and their super technology left for people to find. Loved the Olmecs, too.

  • June 7, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    Mendoza was not the kid's father. Esteban's father was the guy who was posing as the high priest of the cities of gold. The lyric goes: "aaaa aaaaaoooo someday we will find the cities of gold' Man I love film studies some times...

  • June 7, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST


    by Jaster Mareel

    Never heard of this show, but the trailer looks awful.

  • June 7, 2012, 10:59 a.m. CST

    I’d rather see an update to Thundarr the Barbarian

    by I_Snake_Plissken

  • June 7, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Never watched this, don't care.

    by Tikidonkeypunch


  • June 7, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    French Content of the trailer (Part 1)

    by Michel Poirier

    Hi people, Living in the province of Quebec, I was raised on the original and the reruns (in the french language form) of the Mysterious Cities of Gold. I can't say how awesome this news item is for us here in Quebec who got raised seing this show. For those interested in my particular interest for this, I claim equal parts to Indiana Jones and MCoG for my undergraduate studies and my masters degree in Ancient History and Archaelogy. As for the content of the trailer, I remember (watched it last night via a link in facebook and do not have access to it right now since I`m at work), the series picks off a few months after the end of the last season and Esteban and crew are back in Spain (Condor Airways) where news of their exploits are slowly trickling back to the Spanish Court lead by Felipe II (responsable mostly for the subjugation of South America under Spanish Rule). The shady cloaked character seems to be one nasty piece of Inquisitor that seems really convincing in talking his Majesty into running after the kids while they are in Spain and before they leave again for... China! where certain clues left by the Mu civilization (and supposedly deciphered by Tao) will lead them presently. Esteban goes back to see Mendoza and asks if the Masked Priest last seen sacrificing himself in the last episode of Season 1 is his father (I always assumed him to be), but Mendoza does not answer. The fight scenes are looking as if they are escaping spanish military before they get to the Condor and leave for China. The Shady Inquisitor in vowing in front of Felipe that he will track them to the end of the earth to get a new source of gold for the crown. Sorry I cannot give you a more detailed account of the trailer since I`m doing this from memory (I will try to give you guys a better description tonight or tomorrow with a scene-by-scene translation). Another interesting tidbit, they got Sancho and Pedro voices (and I think Mendoza too) done by the same actors. More later...

  • Sure, I love He-Man, She-Ra, Fat Albert and Ghost Busters as much as the next dude, but man, their animation was terrible. So much stock footage and barely moving characters. DiC was light years ahead in terms of technique.

  • June 7, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    Wow, it is rare


    That I find an 80' cartoon I have never seen, this is one of them.

  • June 7, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by Yotz Von Frelnik

  • June 7, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST


    by TheManWhoCan

    Check out the extras on the Dvd boxset to truely appreciate the love that went into the original series. still stands up today. Ulysses 31 was also great, the mythology was spot on. and the robot Nono was actually quite helpfull and not at all annoying, some people are mis-remembering the show completly and getting confused with Snarf (who wasnt that bad either) and that lance welding droid thing from Wheel Warriors. CHILDREN OF THE SUN !SEE YOUR TIME HAS JUST BEGUN!

  • June 7, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    I am a child of the 80's and have no memory of this show

    by Ryan

    I remember the others that were mentioned.

  • June 7, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Never Heard of It

    by Todd1700

    I graduated high school in 1983 so I was too old to have watched this but it's rare for me to have never even heard of a cartoon that aired in the 80's. I agree with wrath_of fett that based on that clip it looks like shit.

  • June 7, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    This brings back memories of the summer of '86...

    by Ronald Raygun

    Nickelodeon had a little kiddie anime block back then featuring The Adventures of The Little Prince, Belle and Sebastian, Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea and this. The funny thing is, I never watched a single episode of this show but I heard the theme song for it everyday. By the time this show came on I was getting ready to go to the neighborhood swimming pool.

  • June 7, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    r._rambo, I concur. I consider myself well versed in 80s cartoons.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    And, as far as anime I fondly remember Star Blazers, Battle of the Planets, and Robotech. I never heard of this one.

  • June 7, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    We need a live action REAL GHOSTBUSTERS

    by Chris

    err, wait

  • June 7, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    This production from the 80's

    by mukhtabi

    was pretty much a Nickelodeon 'show it in the summertime' series. I thought the first round was amazing, the new animation looks a lot cleaner, waiting to see if it possesses the same level of imagination and brilliance as the original 39 episode adventure. I was always wondering where they'd head after the new world, China sounds like a good place for a City of Gold.

  • June 7, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Which reminds me

    by mukhtabi

    I wonder if anybody now will revisit Spartacus and The Sun beneath the Sea?

  • June 7, 2012, 2:26 p.m. CST

    I remember this show but never watched it.

    by Mace13

    Actually, I do believe I watched a few minutes of it here and there but wasn't interested in it at the time. I'm surprised to find out that it was apparently well liked enough to warrant a sequel being made. If a studio out there is reading this and is interested in continuing a cartoon 80's show then might I suggest a sequel to Dungeons & Dragons.

  • ...It must have been one of those shows that made little impact in the states, but was really popular in other parts of the world (namely europe , south america and the UK ). Personally i loved the show when i was a kid and i'm really interested to see how this new version of the show turns out- the animation looks great and i'm shocked at how closely this show is sticking to the look and feel of the original . SOME DAY WE WILL FIIIIIIIIIIIND, THE CIIIIIITIIIIIES OF GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLD.

  • June 7, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Explains why it suddenly showed up on Netflix Instant

    by Baked

    Fuck yes. Fuck. Yes.

  • June 7, 2012, 2:56 p.m. CST

    If this is a joke...or some kind of trick...

    by HoboCode

    I will KILL every last one of you fuckers. PLEASE let this actually be happening.

  • June 7, 2012, 3:18 p.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

    But don't really care to revisit it. Galaxy Rangers on the other hand... FTW

  • June 7, 2012, 3:34 p.m. CST


    by mukhtabi

    This is no trick. The internet is aflame with the news that it is REALLY happening this month! For example-

  • June 7, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    We get this but no live-action Voltron

    by Logan_1973

    Are they waiting for the technology to catch up?

  • June 7, 2012, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Voltron love?

    by Dollar Bird

    I'm kind of surprised (but not really) by all those clamoring for a Voltron revisiting. I guess that CGI Voltron show from a few years ago wasn't enough. And for those of you who say you didn't watch it because it had no robots, well, joke's on you. One of the conceits of the show was conquistadors finding mech-like vehicles built by ancient empires, not to mention the Olmec super-weapon that was made of a couple different flying machines merging together.

  • June 7, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    AWESOME!!!! (season 1 spoilers)

    by Laimbrane

    I loved this show, and the theme song was one of the all-time greats. I remember watching it at 5:30 in the morning when I was like 8 years old. It was, hands-down, Nickelodeon's best show. And I loved You Can't Do That On Television. For those of you that haven't seen the original series, here's a quick summary... Esteban - the kid with the keys when they rescue the guys from the jail in the trailer - is basically this homeless kid that's growing up on the streets of Spain. He has a medallion which is the little moon necklace that they show in the trailer. The medallion was given to him by his explorer father before he disappeared to search for the Americas. Mendoza (the guy in the blue cape and a bit of a roguish con-man) realizes that the medallion is some sort of lost artifact and enlists Esteban into joining him on his search in the Americas for the Seven Cities of Gold. The other two kids are Tau, who is (according to the Wikipedia page) the last surviving member of the Mu empire, and Zia, who was kidnapped from the Incas and has a necklace similar to Esteban's I can't do it all justice here; the whole single-season series was awesome, with a deep, unique plot in a piece of history that nobody else has really touched. If you want most of the full story, read the Wikipedia page on it, because the plot points are stuff you just don't see in kids shows anymore. It's up there with Pirates of Dark Water as far as my favorite epic-scope animation from my childhood. *major spoiler* For example, Esteban finally finds his father, who has become a high priest of the Cities, right before the man has to sacrifice himself to save the world from a doomsday device left by the Muan civilization. That's how the FIRST season ends, right after they find the first City of Gold. */spoiler* I'm sure that visually, the show hasn't aged well - most animation from that age is subpar technically anyway, and they punched out 39 episodes. That being said, they cranked out 39 fucking animated episodes for one season, so shut the fuck up about the crap animation and enjoy the deep, complex characters and story. I'm so, so excited about this.

  • June 7, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Oh shit! I totally remember seeing this show.

    by ELGordo

    But only after I saw the opening there. In fact, the opening is the only thing I remember about this show. Same as with Thunder Cats and He-Man.

  • June 7, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    When do we get a new Gummi Bears?

    by kidicarus

    We demand it NOW!

  • June 7, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Jase and the wheeled warriors!

    by jellypop

    Awesome. Those were the days of watching actual quality stuff like.... Star fleet (Not Trek) The Snorks Spider-man, Firestar and Iceman Godzilla and Godzuki Dogtanian and the 3 muskehounds There's one I can't remember the name of! I think it was Japanese and it featured a group of kids in large helmets flying in machines and I think they could form their ships to form a giant robot...HELP!

  • June 7, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Battle of the planets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Phew!

    by jellypop

  • June 7, 2012, 5:26 p.m. CST

    It's me Nono, small robot you know

    by Mr Lucas

    friend of Ulysses. Loved it. Never saw Cities of Gold. Recently though, I did see Mirai shônen Konan (Future Boy Conan), which I thoroughly recommend. Hayao Miyazaki directed it, so one would expect it to be good really.

  • ...was about the history of the world. It had episodes stretching back to cavemen and the intro had characters throughout history, starting from cavemen all the way to an astronaut blasting off in a space shuttle. I used to watch it on the local French CBC station. It was fascinating even though I didn't speak French.

  • June 7, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST

    holy crap!!!

    by Tom Fremgen

    This is too cool, I really hope Nick or someone picks this up here. The Original was so cool. One of the things that made Nick great when it started. Pretty amazing, especially when you consider the original book by Scott O'Dell, "The King's Fifth" was nothing like the show!

  • June 7, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    I was around in the 80's, must have slept thru this somehow

    by Crimson Dynamo

    Howzabout a You Can't Do That on Televison movie? Did Kevin Kubusheskie ever escape from that firing squad?

  • June 7, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Oh my god!

    by captainxenu

    I think I just shat myself with excitement. I love this show, and the thought that they are making a SEQUEL series to it and not just rebooting it is fucking awesome. Overload. Pleasure overload.

  • Not sure if it's still available, though. I really loved this cartoon. It was one of my favorites at one point and always outshined "Belle & Sebastian," another favorite. (Always hated the little dog for some reason and wanted to kill it Christopher Moltisanti-style.) "The Mysterious Cities of Gold" had a great mystique to it (if you were young, anyway) and an equally great theme song. Why are foreign cartoons always so much more mature and engaging than the shit that is produced here in the U.S.?

  • June 7, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    ULYSSES 31!!!!

    by J-Dizzle

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    by J-Dizzle

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    by J-Dizzle

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  • June 7, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

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    by J-Dizzle

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    by J-Dizzle

  • June 7, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    J-Dizzle Yeah, no shit, right?

    by Cartagia

    Dino Saucers

  • June 7, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST


    by J-Dizzle

  • June 7, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Guys, do yourselves a favor

    by Googam_Son_of_Goom

    If you dont know anything about this show... please check it out. As one of the lucky kids who got to see this back in the day... I can honestly say that, as an 80's show, it rivals/surpasses the overall animation and story quality of today's Last Airbender shows. Get a copy of the original and watch a few episodes... my bet is that it will draw you in. One of the reasons that it didnt hit big here in the states is that it was supposedly a bit too 'high brow' for the american audience. Yay Transformers. Whatever. The iea that the 2nd season is picking up where the first one left off almost 30 years ago, to me, is amazing. Check it out! It's good! I promise! Check out the mysterious cities of gold

  • June 7, 2012, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Just rewatched the whole series on Netflix

    by kreide2000

    I do remember watching scattered episodes of this when I was a kid, but I was never able to see the entire series. (I was never able to find out how the series ended until about twelve years later in college when I found some Mysterious Cities of Gold websites that had episode synopses.) However, a year or so ago I rewatched the entire series on NetFlix with my son (who is 8), and we both loved it. The series really stands up. It's especially great in that it tells one "complete" story over the course of the entire season (thanks Japanese influence). I'd recommend it to anyone interested in great kids cartoons or 80's animation in general. Hopefully it'll get an English translation at some point in the future.

  • it's all about feathery lizard people and stuff. Dogtanian next, I say!

  • June 7, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST

    tangcameo: Il Était une fois... l'homme

    by NADO

  • June 7, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Amazing news

    by NADO

    The follow up has been in development hell for years, I'm so glad we will finally get to see it.

  • June 7, 2012, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Goldorak Live action!!!

    by NADO

  • The Transformers had a cartoon and a movie back in the '80s but what I really want is a live action movie. Seeing Optimus Prime on the big screen would be amazing, it's such a pity Hasbro haven't done it yet.

  • June 8, 2012, 3:27 a.m. CST


    by silentbobafett2

    Better than any movie coming out!!!!

  • June 8, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Weird. I'm familiar with most animation aired in

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    the U.S. and Canada in the 80's, but not this. Have I entered an alternate universe?

  • June 8, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST

    The '80s had the best cartoons.

    by F-18

    Good time to be a kid.

  • June 8, 2012, 6:19 a.m. CST

    There's only 3 things I remember from the 80's on cable

    by JonRD463

    HBO seemed to run Being There nonstop. I was a kid and it bored me to tears. (Love it as an adult, however.) Showtime ran Sunday In The Park With George, also seemingly nonstop. And on Nickelodeon, it was a kids variety show/quasi-Sesame Street somethingorother called Pinwheel.

  • June 8, 2012, 7:40 a.m. CST

    renetabard: Regarding Filmation

    by CartoonFanboy

    Filmation definitely had the worst animation of the 80s, but it was more an issue of economics than of ability. As I understand it Filmation was one of the few studios that did not outsource its animation overseas at this time. That being the case they could only turn a profit by cutting costs in the ways you mentioned (reused animation, minimal animation etc.). I'm sure if their animators worked at a third the cost they could stretched the budget further a produced better looking shows. Kind of sad really. A company taking pride in keeping jobs in a America having to cut so many corners that the end product looks amateurish when compared to others at that time.

  • June 8, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors - live action

    by RogueWarrior65

    This would rule.

  • .....and sitting down in your little uniform and hearing this music and hoping that this was the episode that they finally found what they were looking for, then i feels sorry for ya!

  • DIC nearly destroyed the Legacy of GIJoe ARAH thanks to those watered down cartoons during the early 90's. and it's all in part to the douchebags at Hasbro who dropped Marvel Productions because they wanted to pay for cheaper Animation which in turn led to piss poor quality art, stories,etc. Only "redeeming" factor was the theme song "Got to get tough" was utilized in Konami's GIJoe Arcade game. Soon after, the Toyline and Comic was discontinued. I guess those 30 minute commercials can make a difference on a product. That being said, DIC had a much better Ghostbusters series than the dreadful Filmation version in which none of the characters resemble their Movie counterparts.

  • June 8, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by Stalkeye

    Voltron was heavily censored compared to the original Japanese version;Go Lion. I really hate when American Networks water down Anime series just to pander to Soccer Moms, a few Conservatives and Democrats alike. At least most of the mature content on Robotech was left intact. BOTP is an entirely different story. Damn you Sandy Frank.

  • Yeah, and that's a damn shame as I watched their earlier stuff like Space sentinels and of course The DC series; Superman, Batman and The Justice League. Filmation closed down due to too much outsourcing overseas where not only was the animation cheaper, but much better quality. Oh, and they toned down their action oriented series like He Man which is still refered to as "That Gay cartoon"

  • June 8, 2012, 4:17 p.m. CST

    filmation was the worst. ghost busters was the worst.

    by andy kaufman

    the whole reason the real ghostbusters was made. ghost busters wasnt based on the the 80s movie but a older 40s/50 with a big monkey.

  • June 8, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Filmation had some good stuff

    by Tom Fremgen

    Tarzan, Lone Ranger, Zorro and Flash Gordon- All really good shows!