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Adventures of The Black Stallion
Adventures of the black stallion.jpg
Season 1 DVD cover
Genre Adventure/Family
Starring Mickey Rooney, Richard Ian Cox
Theme music composer Terry Frewer
Opening theme We Know the Wind
Ending theme We Know the Wind (instrumental)
Country of origin Canada / France / New Zealand
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 78
Production
Executive producer(s) Tom Parkinson
Producer(s) Jonathan Hackett
Location(s) Canada / France / New Zealand
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel The Family Channel
Original run September 15, 1990 – May 16, 1993
Chronology
Related shows The Black Stallion
The Black Stallion Returns

Adventures of The Black Stallion is a television series that was loosely based on the movies The Black Stallion (1979) and The Black Stallion Returns (1983). The series originally ran on The Family Channel from 1990 to 1993 before cancellation. It has since been shown in re-runs throughout the world.

Most of the episodes are set around Canada. During the second and third season, the show moves away from the farm, and has many episodes set in New Zealand, Paris and the US. The Adventures of The Black Stallion was a Canada/France/New Zealand co-production and was filmed on location in British Columbia, Canada, as well as France and New Zealand.

Contents

Synopsis

The show follows the life of 15-year-old horse racer Alec Ramsay, his wild stallion The Black, and their trainer Henry Daily. In the series, Alec's father died before the series start, leaving Alec and his mother to run Hopeful Farm. The show focuses both on life at Hopeful Farm and on the racing circuit. During the first season, most of the races are unprofessional circuit races and match races because The Black's an unpapered horse, meaning there is no proof of his lineage. During the second season, The Black's history is uncovered and Alec is able to obtain his papers, allowing him to be raced on the professional circuits around the world.

The series maintained that Alec was the only one who can ride The Black, and that The Black almost never lost a race. He is known for having a violent temper with anyone besides Alec, though he does allow some people around the farm to hold his halter and lead him around, most notably Henry. He only seems to do grudgingly, however, and tends to be far less tolerant of others if Alec isn't around to keep him under control. To help keep the high-string horse calm at the track, the gelding Napoleon is frequently taken on the road with them.

Characters

  • Mickey Rooney as Henry Dailey
  • Richard Ian Cox as Alec Ramsay
  • Marianne Filali as Nicole Berthier (Season 2-3)
  • Michele Goodger as Belle Ramsey (Season 1)
  • Virginie Demains as Catherine Varnier (Season 1)
  • Jean-Paul Solal as Pierre Chastel (Season 1)
  • David Taylor as Nathaniel 'Nate' MacKay (Season 3)
  • Docs Keepin Time as The Black

Reception

In 1991, the series was nominated for a Young Artist Award in the "Best Off-Prime Time or Cable Family Series" category, and while it lost to Harry and the Hendersons, Richard Ian Cox won the award for the "Best Young Actor Starring in an Off-Prime Time or Cable Family Series" category.[1] Cox was nominated again in 1992 for the "Best Young Actor Starring in a Cable Series" category.[2] In the same year, Mickey Rooney was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category of "Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role" for his portrayal of Henry Daily.[3]

Episode list

When the show was first aired, many of the episodes were shown out of production order, especially in during the first season.

Season Episodes Year Prod. line Region 1 Release Date
1 26 1990-1991 1xx December 5, 2006
2 26 1991-1992 2xx May 8, 2007
3 26 1992-1993 3xx May 27, 2008
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Season 1: 1990-1991

# Title Director Writer Airdate Production code
1-01 "Where There's a Will" September 15, 1990 (1990-09-15) 101
Henry has an attack of angina and plans to quit training. 
1-02 "Vigil" October 20, 1990 (1990-10-20) 102
Napoleon gets kicked by another horse and suffers from colic, a potentially lethal condition. The Black won't allow any into the barn, except Alec, as he keeps vigil over his friend. 
1-03 "First Among Equals" September 22, 1990 (1990-09-22) 103
Catherine has to cover come sexism as she tries to realize her dream of becoming a jockey. 
1-04 "Long Way Home" September 29, 1990 (1990-09-29) 104
When Belle is blinded by a chemical substance, Alec leaves the road to be with her. This leaves Henry to bring the horses back by trailer, only to have The Black escape from him. 
1-05 "Stowaway" October 27, 1990 (1990-10-27) 105
A teenage track star stows away in The Black's trailer after running away from his demanding father. Henry and Alec find themselves helping the two reconcile. 
1-06 "A Friend in Need" December 23, 1990 (1990-12-23) 106
Alec befriends a young man with Down Syndrome and fights to overcome a small town's prejudice. 
1-07 "Pony Express Ride" November 10, 1990 (1990-11-10) 107
Alec and The Black re-create the last Pony Express Ride, which turns into a fight for survival when someone sabotages the trail and attacks Alec. 
1-08 "The Big Fix" October 13, 1990 (1990-10-13) 108
A competing trainer and his sister try to fix a race by using a ultrasonic device to send The Black into uncontrollable rages. 
1-09 "Star Quality" October 6, 1990 (1990-10-06)
Alec is star-struck when he and The Black are hired to be in a movie, not realizing the director's plans will put their lives at risk. Guest star: Yvonne De Carlo
1-10 "King of the Cowboys" November 3, 1990 (1990-11-03) 110
When Alec and The Black stop at a rodeo before a race, a former rodeo champion wanting to make a comeback is determined to ride The Black. 
1-11 "Killer" December 30, 1990 (1990-12-30) 111
A paparazzi photographer attacked and injured by The Black gets a judge to order The Black be destroyed as a dangerous animal, causing Alec to run away with him. 
1-12 "Sweet Tooth" December 9, 1990 (1990-12-09) 112
The Black fails his drug test after a match race, getting him disqualified from the race and Henry's license suspended. Henry and Alec must prove someone else did it. 
1-13 "Last Race" November 17, 1990 (1990-11-17) 113
Henry's illiteracy is used against him to get The Black in a claims race where he must carry a dangerous amount of extra weight and the losing horse will be forfeit to the winner. Guest star: Abe Vigoda 
1-14 "Double Cross" December 2, 1990 (1990-12-02) 114
A gambler from Henry's past attempts to blackmail him into fixing one of The Black's races. 
1-15 "Trapped" December 16, 1990 (1990-12-16) 115
While stopped at an old friend of Henry's, Alec and a bratty asthmatic boy get trapped in a grain silo. 
1-16 "Fireworks" November 25, 1990 (1990-11-25) 116
Henry and Alec spend a holiday weekend with an old friend of Henry's and his 15-year-old alcoholic granddaughter. 
1-17 "The Black Pearl" January 6, 1991 (1991-01-06) 117
A man claiming to be an old friend of Alec's father kidnaps Alec and The Black. 
1-18 "The Long Run" January 13, 1991 (1991-01-13) 118
Alec, worried that he might be getting to big to be a jockey, goes on a dangerous crash diet and exercise regimen. 
1-19 "Kidnapped" January 20, 1991 (1991-01-20) 119
Alec, Henry and Catherine give chase when The Black is stolen and taken to France
1-20 "The Comeback" January 27, 1991 (1991-01-27) 120
The Black loses his spirit after he must endure a two week quarantine in France. (Note: At this point the show moves to Europe, primarily France, in part because the group must raise enough money to pay for The Black's flight home) 
1-21 "The Choice" March 10, 1991 (1991-03-10) 121
When a friendly race ends in the painful death of another horse, Alec wants to stop racing The Black and considers accepting a scholarship to a French riding academy. 
1-22 "Black at Heart" February 3, 1991 (1991-02-03) 122
Tabari, the Arabian princess whose father originally bred The Black, tries to borrow him for one year in exchange for proof of his blood lines. 
1-23 "Heart of Gold" February 10, 1991 (1991-02-10) 123
Catherine is swept off her feet by a charming Frenchman, while the team prepares for a charity event that culminates in an auction for a million dollars worth of diamonds
1-24 "The Judge" February 17, 1991 (1991-02-17) 124
When a friend's horse comes up lame, Alec and the Black risk their lives by taking his place in a steeplechase to save the boy's farm from bankruptcy. 
1-25 "Found Money" February 24, 1991 (1991-02-24) 125
After Alec finds a cache of money that was stolen from a bank years ago by robbers who are still on the loose. 
1-26 "The Neuchatel Stallion" March 3, 1991 (1991-03-03) 126
While visiting a French château for a match race, Henry encounters a glowing white stallion. Guest Star: Bruce Meyer 

Season 2: 1991-1992

# Title Director Writer Airdate Production code
2-01 "Barn Burner" Bernard Dumont Jonathan Hackett September 1, 1991 (1991-09-01) 201
The Black's life is threatened by the only person more feared and hated than a horse thief, a barn burner. 
2-02 "Diamonds" Michel Tréguer Martin Brossellet September 15, 1991 (1991-09-15) 202
When diamond thieves hid a bag of diamonds in The Black's trailer and discovered missing, Alec and Nicole become the hunted. 
2-03 "Chateau Sauvage" Michel Tréguer Jean-Vincent Fournier September 22, 1991 (1991-09-22) 203
The Black is kidnapped by an excessive animal rights activist and will be shipped back to the Arabian Peninsula unless Alec can prove The Black wishes to stay with him. 
2-04 "Killer Stallion" Olivier Deschamps Fabrice Ziolkowski September 29, 1991 (1991-09-29) 204
Due to foul play, The Black is not only banned from the French racing circuit, but has a price on his head. 
2-05 "Machine Rider" Olivier Deschamps Elizabeth Baxter September 8, 1991 (1991-09-08) 205
Alec brushes shoulders with a competing jockey who will do whatever it takes to beat The Black, including testing Alec's ability as a jockey. 
2-06 "The Alhambra Zarr" Christian Le Hemonet Tracy Kennedy October 6, 1991 (1991-10-06) 206
Henry, Alec, and The Black's lives are put into jeopardy after The Black's lineage is traced back to one of King Charles' stallions, Alhambra Zarr. 
2-07 "Almost Home" October 13, 1991 (1991-10-13) 207
While waiting in a holding barn prior to the trip back to America, trouble rises when the veterinarian's son, an animal hater, sets his sights on hurting The Black. 
2-08 "Deadliest Bidder" October 20, 1991 (1991-10-20) 208
A cunning and dangerous Arab, Salim Al Duwish, tries to steal The Black to resurrect his plague decimated herd. 
2-09 "Blackout" October 27, 1991 (1991-10-27) 209
Resulting from a fall off The Black, Alec has amnesia and joins some local ranchers to help shoot a wild mustang, The Black, recently spotted in the area. 
2-10 "Detour" November 3, 1991 (1991-11-03) 210
Driving to a race, Alec and Nicole are forced to take a detour which results in an ambush. 
2-11 "Island Stallion" November 10, 1991 (1991-11-10) 211
A mysterious island stallion arrives on the scene with a beautiful young jockey. 
2-12 "Ostracized" November 17, 1991 (1991-11-17) 212
In The Black's first U.S. race, Alec must compete against a group of jockeys who take their practical jokes too far. 
2-13 "Black Spirit" November 24, 1991 (1991-11-24) 213
Alec and The Black save the life of a Native Indian embarked on a spiritual quest and in the process mend their own troubled relationship. 
2-14 "Free Will" December 1, 1991 (1991-12-01) 214
The Black runs away when the rig breaks down, which results in being held captive by a ruthless businessman. 
2-15 "Hard Road Home" December 8, 1991 (1991-12-08) 215
After being accidentally thrown from The Black, Alec is badly injured and is afraid to ride again. 
2-16 "The Arkansas Twister" December 15, 1991 (1991-12-15) 216
Alec is upset at his mother's intention to remarry. 
2-17 "Fatal Heart" December 22, 1991 (1991-12-22) 217
While Alec is swept off his feet by a beautiful Chinese student, it's discovered she is part of a ring that wants to steal The Black. 
2-18 "Ticket to Ride" December 29, 1991 (1991-12-29) 218
Nicole unexpectedly wins her first race as a jockey only to find herself involved with ruthless people who neglect to tell her she and the horse are expendable. 
2-19 "Deadwood Kid" January 5, 1992 (1992-01-05) 219
Alec, Nicole, and The Black find themselves in a ghost town at the mercy of a deluded man who has a plan for The Black's future. 
2-20 "Horse of the Year" January 12, 1992 (1992-01-12) 220
When The Black is named Horse of the Year, success goes to Alec's head. 
2-21 "If The Shoe Fits" Peter Rowe Dawn Ritchie January 19, 1992 (1992-01-19) 221
An unscrupulous vet tries to cripple The Black with the help of Nicole's father. 
2-22 "Code of Silence" Peter Rowe Jana Veverka January 26, 1992 (1992-01-26) 222
A teenage motorcycle gang kidnaps The Black and leaves him to die. 
2-23 "Black Tide" Alan Simmonds Louise Vincent February 2, 1992 (1992-02-02) 223
A black stallion, bearing a remarkable resemblance to The Black, challenges him. 
2-24 "Going, Going, Gone" Alan Simmonds Dawn Ritchie February 9, 1992 (1992-02-09) 224
Alec is tricked into putting The Black on the auction block. 
2-25 "The Incredible Ride" Nicholas Kendall Phillipe Berenger February 16, 1992 (1992-02-16) 225
When Henry is seriously injured in a car accident, Alec and The Black are his only hope. 
2-26 "Ties That Bind" Nicholas Kendall Dawn Ritchie February 23, 1992 (1992-02-23) 226
The Black falls into a 20-foot hole. 

Season 3: 1992-1993

# Title Director Writer Airdate Production code
3-01 "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" Paolo Barzman Malcolm Macrury October 4, 1992 (1992-10-04) 301
The Black becomes uncontrollable after Alec leaves to follow Nicole back to France. 
3-02 "The Race of Time" Paolo Barzman Peter White October 11, 1992 (1992-10-11) 302
An impromptu race pits Alec and Nicole against each other. 
3-03 "The Knight's Contract" Emilio Pacull Etienne Baxter October 18, 1992 (1992-10-18) 303
Alec's dream mirror reality when he must fight for Nicole. 
3-04 "Bedside Manner" Laurent Bregeat Peter Mitchell October 25, 1992 (1992-10-25) 304
When a hunter's carelessness injures The Black, Alec must trust his horse to an unknown vet. 
3-05 "Breakin' Loose" Jean Achache Stephane Palay November 1, 1992 (1992-11-01) 305
Henry sends Alec and Nicole into France, and ends up bailing them out of jail. 
3-06 "Seeing Double" Laurent Bregeat Fabrice Ziolkowski November 8, 1992 (1992-11-08) 306
A foiled attempt to steal The Black ends with Black Tide being stolen. 
3-07 "Back on Track" November 29, 1992 (1992-11-29) 307
Alec races The Black to a hollow victory when his arch rival suffers a devastating fall. 
3-08 "Winning Spirit" December 6, 1992 (1992-12-06) 308
When The Black loses an important race in France; Alec, Nicole, and The Black follow Henry to New Zealand. 
3-09 "Nightmare" December 13, 1992 (1992-12-13) 309
Only Nate can convince Alec and The Black that a dangerous rouge stallion is not what he appears to be. 
3-10 "Wild Oats" January 3, 1993 (1993-01-03) 310
Having escaped into the New Zealand countryside, The Black searches for freedom only to save Alec's life. 
3-11 "Local Hero" January 17, 1993 (1993-01-17) 311
Alec is cornered into racing The Black at the local fair, only to learn more is at stake. 
3-12 "Driving Mr. Dailey" January 10, 1993 (1993-01-10) 312
Henry is forced to re-examine his ability to be Nate's guardian. 
3-13 "Measure of a Man" February 7, 1993 (1993-02-07) 313
Alec is challenged by a rival jockey to prove he can win on any horse. 
3-14 "At the Gate" February 14, 1993 (1993-02-14) 314
A devastating fall nearly ends Nicole's career as a jockey. 
3-15 "Criss Cross" February 21, 1993 (1993-02-21) 315
Alec and The Black endure a grueling cross-country race. 
3-16 "Riding the Volcano" February 28, 1993 (1993-02-28) 316
Alec falls for a beautiful horse trainer. Guest star: Lucy Lawless 
3-17 "A Gift Horse" March 7, 1993 (1993-03-07) 317
Nicole gets more than she bargained for on her birthday. 
3-18 "Racing in the Streets" March 14, 1993 (1993-03-14) 318
Nicole falls for a handsome man. Guest star: Christopher Atkins 
3-19 "Back in America" March 21, 1993 (1993-03-21) 319
Alec is tempted by a trip back to America. 
3-20 "Pledging Allegiances" March 28, 1993 (1993-03-28) 320
Alec's plans to help support the Riding Therapy Center are jeopardized when Nate steals the family's horses. 
3-21 "Tapu" April 11, 1993 (1993-04-11) 321
On an archaeological expedition, Nicole and Kerry are nearly killed in an explosion set by a young Maori intent on preserving his heritage. 
3-22 "A House Divided" April 18, 1993 (1993-04-18) 322
The family's future at Manukau Farm is jeopardized when Henry's cousin arrives demanding custody of Nate. Guest star: Susan Clarke 
3-23 "A Day at the Beach" April 25, 1993 (1993-04-25) 323
A day at the beach turns disastrous for Alec and Nicole. 
3-24 "Legends Never Die" May 2, 1993 (1993-05-02) 324
A former racing great steps in while Henry is gone. Guest stars: Conrad Bain and Marc Singer 
3-25 "Glory Days" May 9, 1993 (1993-05-09) 325
Alec fears The Black may have to surrender his crown to Black Tide. Guest star: Teri Austin 
3-26 "Under October Skies" May 16, 1993 (1993-05-16) 326
The Black comes to the defense of a young mare being threatened by a wild stallion. Guest star: Margot Kidder 

DVD releases

The first DVD releases for The Adventures of the Black Stallion came from Sterling Entertainment. The first, titled "The Black Stallion" was released on December 3, 2002 and contained the first five episodes of the second season of the series. The second release, "Return of the Black Stallion" was released on February 1, 2005 and contained the next five episodes of the second season. Many people were bothered by these releases because their names mimic those of the original movies from 1979 and 1983, causing confusion as to what the DVDs contained.[4]

On December 5, 2006 Echo Bridge Entertainment released the all twenty-six episodes of the first season to DVD in the form of a four-disc digipak season box set. The episodes are in their original production order, rather than by air date, and the set includes on extras with only limited chapter stops. The set also has issues with the subtitling, where they run over a minute ahead of the audio track on episode 123. A second season set was released on May 8, 2007, using a similar format to the first set with the embossed slip cover and digipak packaging. It contains all twenty-six episodes of the second season, again in production order and with no extras.

DVD Name Ep # Release date Distributor Notes
"The Black Stallion" 5 December 3, 2002 Sterling Entertainment Contains episodes 201-205 from Season 2
"Return of The Black Stallion" 5 February 1, 2005 Sterling Entertainment Contains episodes 206-210 from Season 2
Season 1 26 December 5, 2006 Echo Bridge Entertainment
Season 2 26 May 8, 2007 Echo Bridge Entertainment

References

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  1. ^ "13th Annual Awards". Young Artist Awards. http://www.youngartistawards.org/pastnoms13.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-22.  
  2. ^ "14th Annual Awards". Young Artist Awards. http://www.youngartistawards.org/pastnoms14.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-22.  
  3. ^ "Canadian Awards History Search: 6th Geminis - Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role". Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. http://academy.ca/hist/history.cfm?categid=9503&shownum=6&winonly=0&awards=2&rtype=5&curstep=4. Retrieved 2008-02-22.  
  4. ^ Lambert, David (2005-03-05). "The Black Stallion DVD news: February releases are from TV Series, not from films". TVShowsOnDVD.com. http://tvshowsondvd.com/newsitem.cfm?NewsID=3047. Retrieved 2008-02-22.  

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