Gargoyles (Goliath) - The animated fantasy
series GARGOYLES/SYN/1994-95 followed the adventures of lone survivors of a race
of Gargoyle creatures who turned to stone by day and came to life by night. When
millionaire David Xanatos (voice of Jonathan Frakes) transported the remains of
an ancient Scottish castle adorned with stone gargoyles to his New York City
penthouse, he discovered the truth of the Gargoyles.
Lead by Goliath (voice of
Keith David), the Gargoyles included Brooklyn (Jeff Bennett); Broadway (Bill Fagerbakke); Hudson (Edward Asner); Lexington (Thom Adcox-Hernandez); Bronx
(Frank Welker); 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 summarized their plight:
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
The spin-off series GARGOYLES: THE GOLIATH CHRONICLES/SYN/ABC/1996-1997
continued 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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