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Beginning & Ending Narrations (Voice-overs)

THE ACTION/ADVENTURE SERIES (Historical)

BEASTMASTER/SYN/1999-2002
[Narrator - 1st & 2nd season] "In an age when nature and magic rule the world, there is an extraordinary legend: the story of a warrior who communicates with animals, who fights sorcery and the unnatural. His name is Dar, last of his tribe. He is also called BeastMaster."

[Narrator - 3rd season] "After a time of light, the world resets its dial to a darker age. It's the time of the coming of Balcifer, the Lord of Darkness. Evil spreads throughout the land, but walking among the people is a savior, a champion to battle the darkness. He also searches for the truth to his identity, the past he never knew he had. His name is Dar, the BeastMaster. Joined by his spirit warrior Dartanus, his best friend Tao, and sometimes by the tracker Arina, Dar sets out to fulfill his destiny."

CONAN THE ADVENTURER/SYN/1998-99
[Narrator] "After the oceans swallowed Atlantis and before recorded history, there was an age with mythical kingdoms spread across an uncharted world. This was the age of Conan. Enslaved as a boy, Conan grew into a warrior. He escaped to encounter mystery magic and myth. While forever facing the ultimate master of sorcery. Robber. Friend. Hero. His destiny was to free the oppressed and become a king by his own hand. CONAN."

HERCULES: THE LEGENDARY JOURNEY/SYN/1995-99
[Narrator] "This is the story of a time long ago. A time of myth and legend when the ancient Gods were petty and cruel and they plagued mankind with suffering. Only one man dared to challenge their power...Hercules. Hercules possessed a strength the world had never seen. A strength surpassed only by the power of his heart. He journeyed the Earth battling the minions of his wicked stepmother, Hera, the all-powerful Queen of the Gods. But wherever there was evil, wherever an innocent would suffer, there would be...HERCULES."

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH/ABC/1967-69
[Narrator] "Long ago, a lone explorer named Arnie Sacnuson made a fantastic descent to the fabled kingdom of Atlantis at the Earth's core. After many centuries his trail was discovered by me, Professor Oliver Lindenbrook, my niece Cindy, student Alec McQuen, our guide Lars, and his pet duck Gertrude. But we were not alone. The evil Count Sacnuson, last descendant of the once noble Sacnuson family, followed us to claim the center of the Earth for his power mad schemes. He ordered his servant Tor to destroy our party, but the plan backfired, sealing the entrance forever. And so for us began a desperate race to the Earth's core, to learn the secret of the way back. This is the story...our new JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH."

LONG JOHN SILVER/SYN/1955
[Narrated by Robert Newton] "If sailor tales to sailor tunes, Storm and adventure, heat and cold, If schooners, islands, and maroons, And buccaneers, and buried gold, And all the old romance, retold Exactly in the ancient way, Can please, as me they pleased of old, The wiser youngsters of today: Ar! Haha! -- So be it, and fall on!"

This narration is derived from a poem "To the Hesitating Purchaser" in the dedication of the novel Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson. The reminder of the poem (not heard on the TV show) reads:

"If not, If studious youth no longer crave, His ancient appetites forgot, Kingston, or Ballantyne the brave, Or Cooper of the wood and wave: So be it, also! And may I And all my pirates share the grave Where these and their creations lie!"

MORTAL COMBAT/SYN/1998-99
[Voice of Jeff Meek as Raven - first episode] "Kung Lao, a humble young man with a heart of a great warrior. Soon that heart will be tested as he fights for his home, The Earth Realm. Kung Lao will make his stand in the tournament called ‘Mortal Kombat.’ Here the Elder Gods grant the greatest fighters of the universe the right to defend their own realms against the warriors of the dark realm call Outworld. The rules are simple. Each generation the chosen fighters from each side are transported to Shang Tsung's Island, an outpost between realms. If they lose their battle, their realm falls to darkness, forever. Absorbed into the desolate expanse of Outworld. Another victory for Emperor Shou Khan. For centuries of combat Khan's champion Shang Tsung has remained undefeated, laying to waste an untold number of fighters with his sorcery. Earth is the jewel of the universe. A young, vast pristine realm whose inhabitants have not yet begun to comprehend the power it holds. I am Raven, god of thunder, protector of the Earth realm. It's not an easy job, believe me...Today,. Earth lives or dies with the skill of its greatest warrior. It's a fight to the death in this sacred tournament called Mortal Kombat." [Regular opening] "In each of us there burns a soul of a warrior. In every generation a few are chosen to prove it. Centuries ago, in a time of darkness and fury. that fate befell three strangers. A monk Kung Lao, an exiled guard, Siro and a thief Taja who have to defend our Earth realm from the forces of Outworld by fighting for their lives, by fighting for their honor and by fighting for their world. In a tournament called Mortal Kombat."

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN/NBC/1968-69
 
Announcer: "The following program is brought to you in living color on NBC"
  Opening Theme Song:
  [Shots of a steam boat coming down river, sounds of banjos playing]
We got the steam up,
You put the dream up,
Big River's callin' you
Listen my friend!

Follow that river,
That mighty river,
There's great adventure
'Round every bend

Hear that whistle blow
See that paddle go!
Who knows what
We're heading toward!

That Mississippi
She is a mystery
She's just awaitin' there
To be explored.

Go get your gear mate!
We'll meet you here mate!
Old Captain's shoutin',
'Welcome Aboard!'
   
  Opening Narration:
Huck: I'm Huck Finn. It all started out in our graveyard in Hannibal, Missouri when Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and me were on our way home
Becky: I don't see why we had to come this way?
Tom: 'Cause it's a short cut, Becky. See that old head stone, Becky. That's where me and Huck saw Injun' Joe kill Doctor Robins
Becky: Oh, I 'm not staying in this awful place another second.
Huck: It's Injun' Joe
Tom: When Injun' Joe escaped from jail, folks said he'd gone down river, but here he was big as life and out to get Tom and me for testifying against him in court
Injun' Joe: I'll find you!
Huck: I thought Tom and me knew this cave but we got all mixed up.
Tom: This way!
Huck: No, that way!
Injun' Joe: Trying to get away from me,  huh!. I'll find you! No matter where you go!
Huck: And I had a funny feeling that he was right. That we'd see him again.

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD/TNT/1997-99
[Announcer] "Centuries ago in England it was an era of chivalry and magic. The evil Prince John unleashed an iron fist of tyranny upon the people. They called out for a champion. One man answered that call. His name was Robin Hood. Fearless in his quest for justice, Robin Hood challenged the power of the high-born Lords while protecting the helpless and the poor. Willing to face death for what he believed. Together with the beautiful warrior Marion, the mighty Little John and the wise Friar Tuck, Robin Hood forged a legend that lives on in THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD."

[Revised opening] "Centuries ago in England, it was an era of chivalry and magic. The evil Prince John unleashed an iron fist of tyranny upon the people. They called out for a champion. Fearless in his quest for justice, one man answered that call. His name was Robin Hood. Together with the beautiful lady warrior, Marion, the mighty little John and the wise Friar Tuck, Robin Hood forged a legend that lives on today in THE NEW ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD"

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE'S THE LOST WORLD/SYN/1999-2002
[Announcer] "At the dawn of the last century, a band of explorers searched for a prehistoric world, driven by ambition, secret desires, a thirst for adventure, and seeking the ultimate story, they are befriended by an untamed beauty. Stranded in a strange and savage land, each day is a desperate search, for a way out, of The Lost World."

TARZAN: THE EPIC ADVENTURES/SYN/1996-97
[Announcer] "Tarzan! Orphaned at birth in darkest Africa. Raised by the great apes. He grew up in the primitive world of the jungle until fate brought him face to face with his past. Taking his rightful place as Earl of Greystoke, Tarzan soon became disenchanted with civilization. He returned home to Africa. Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle!"

WILLIAM TELL/SYN/1960

"Come away come away with William Tell
Come away to the land he loved so well
What a day What day when the apple fell
for Tell of Switzerland
Come away to Tell to the mountainside
Look down from the path where the tyrants ride
See a bolt See a blot and down they go
For Tell of Switzerland
Hurry Hurry up there's a dungeon cell
Hurry Hurry Up there's a noose as well
But we'll escape from the jaws of hell
for Tell of Switzerland"

XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS/SYN/1995-2001
[Announcer] "In time of ancient Gods, Warlords and Kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle. The power. The passion. The danger. Her courage will change the world."

YOUNG HERCULES/FOX/1998
[Announcer] "In an age of light and darkness, Zeus, King of the Gods ruled the universe. He had a son. Young Hercules. Half-god, half-man, young Hercules longs to find his place in the world. The father he's never known and what it means to be a hero. Before the man became legend, before the legend became myth, came the greatest adventure of them all.

THE YOUNG REBELS/ABC/1970-71
[Announcer] "This is the Yankee Doodle Society, a secret organization like those that operated during the American Revolution; young patriots determined to help mold their own future by fighting for freedom behind British lines."


 

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