Gargoyles - The animated fantasy series GARGOYLES/SYN/1994-95
follows the adventures of lone survivors of a race of Gargoyle creatures who
turn to stone by day and come to life by night.
After millionaire David Xanatos
(voice of Jonathan Frakes) transports the remains of an ancient Scottish castle
adorned with stone gargoyles to his New York City penthouse, he discovers the
truth of the Gargoyles.
Lead by Goliath (voice of Keith David), the Gargoyles
include: Brooklyn (Jeff Bennett); Broadway (Bill Fagerbakke); Hudson (Edward
Asner); Lexington (Thom Adcox-Hernandez); Bronx (Frank Welker) and Demona
(Marina Sirtis) and Angela, Goliath and Demona's daughter (Brigette Bako).
Befriended by a female police detective named Eliza Maza (voice of Salli
Richardson) Goliath summarizes their plight by saying:
"One thousand years ago,
(994 A.D.) superstition and the sword ruled. It was an time of darkness, it was
a world of fear, it was the age of Gargoyles. Stone by day, warriors by night,
we were betrayed by the humans we had sworn to protect, frozen in stone by a
magic spell for a thousand years. Now, here in Manhattan, the spell is broken
and we live again! We are defenders of the night, we are Gargoyles!"
spin-off series GARGOYLES: THE GOLIATH CHRONICLES /SYN/ABC/1996-1997 continues
the adventures of Goliath and his compatriots as they try to convince the
citizens of Manhattan they mean them no harm, especially an anti-gargoyle group
known as The Quarryman.
TRIVIA NOTE: In European culture, Gargoyle
figures originally served as water spouts to direct the water clear of a wall on
buildings and churches. Their hideous appearance was thought to frighten away
evil spirits. The British produced series THE GNOMES OF DULWICH/BBC/1969
followed the lives of a couple stone garden gnomes who observed the foibles of
humans while gossiping about the plastic gnomes in an adjacent garden.
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