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Gargoyles
Gargoyles Cast.PNG
Gargoyles main characters: From left to right, Owen Burnett, David Xanatos, Demona, Goliath and Elisa Maza
Format Animated series
Created by Greg Weisman
Starring Keith David
Salli Richardson
Jeff Bennett
Bill Fagerbakke
Thom Adcox-Hernandez
Brigitte Bako
Ed Asner
Frank Welker
Marina Sirtis
Jonathan Frakes
Composer(s) Carl Johnson
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 78 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Buena Vista Television
Walt Disney Television Animation
Running time 22 minutes
Distributor Buena Vista Television
Broadcast
Original channel Syndicated (1994-1996)
ABC (1996-1997)
Original run October 24, 1994 – February 15, 1997

Gargoyles is an American animated television series created by Greg Weisman. It was produced by Greg Weisman and Frank Paur and aired from October 24, 1994 to February 15, 1997. At the time Gargoyles was hailed as an ambitious Disney animated series, targeting an older demographic. Gargoyles is known for its complex story arcs and melodrama. Character arcs were heavily employed throughout the series, and as the series progressed, it became deeply influenced by medieval Scottish history and Shakespeare's Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The voice cast featured several actors who are alumni of the Star Trek franchise including Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes, who were featured regularly as principal cast members. Other Trek actors such as Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Nichelle Nichols, Avery Brooks, Paul Winfield, David Warner, and Kate Mulgrew were guest or recurring players in the series.

A small but loyal fanbase supported the property after television syndication. The first season and part of season two are available on DVD. The Gargoyles storyline currently continues in a comic book also titled Gargoyles, written by Weisman and produced by Slave Labor Graphics. The show currently airs on Disney XD's late night schedule every Tuesday thru Friday at 4:00 a.m. Eastern/3:00 a.m. Pacific.

Contents

Premise

The series features a clan of nocturnal creatures known as Gargoyles that turn to stone during the day. The show focuses on a particular clan led by a gargoyle named Goliath. This clan lived in medieval Scotland where they helped protect a castle. One day they were cursed by a wizard to remain in their stone form until their castle "rose above the clouds." In the present day, billionaire David Xanatos purchases the Gargoyle's castle and has it reconstructed atop his New York skyscraper. The castle having thus "risen above the clouds", the six gargoyles of the clan awake. In trying to adjust to their new world they are aided by a sympathetic NYPD police officer, Elisa Maza, and quickly come into conflict with Xanatos. In addition to dealing with the gargoyle's attempts to adjust to modern New York, the series also incorporated various supernatural threats to their safety and to the world at large.

Cast

Episodes

A total of 78 half-hour episodes were produced. The first two seasons aired in the Disney Afternoon programming block. The controversial third and final season aired on Disney's One Saturday Morning format on ABC as Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles. With the exception of the first episode of the season, "The Journey," these episodes were produced without the involvement of series creator Greg Weisman, and are not considered canonical by him.[1]

Influences

Series creator Weisman, a former English teacher, has often cited his goal of ideally incorporating every myth and legend into the series eventually. Many Shakespearean characters and stories found their way into the show's storylines. Weisman noted, among others, the influence of Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears and Hill Street Blues had on the series.[2] The latter in particular inspired the ensemble format of the series and the 30-second "Previously, on Gargoyles…" recap found at the beginning of later episodes.[3][4] The former was an influence on the original comedy development of the show, which was subsequently made darker and more serious before production.[5]

Lawsuit

New York artist Joe Tomasini brought a suit against Disney. He claimed that during the development and production of Gargoyles, his copyrighted screen play and character designs had been copied.[6] The case was ultimately thrown out, after it was proven that Disney did not have access to Joe Tomasini's creations.[7]

Comics

Disney Adventures

Gargoyles comics were published in the Disney Studios Adventures magazine, eleven stories total. A two-part story, Stone Cold is notable in that it provided a story idea that was later used in the TV series in the episode The Price. Another, "The Experts", was intended as tie-in advertising for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996 film).

Marvel

In 1995, Marvel issued a Gargoyles comic book series. The books did not directly follow the continuity of the series, but they did reference specific events that took place within it. Greg Weisman, television series co-creator, did not have any direct involvement in the story development of the comic series, but was consulted on some plot points to be sure it stayed within certain boundaries. The series ran for 11 issues. Weisman was eventually hired to write for the comic, but Marvel cut ties with Disney before his run could be produced. Weisman still has his unpublished script for the comic, and would eventually use it as issue #6 of Gargoyles (SLG comic).[8] The Marvel series was tonally darker than the television series, dealing largely with Xanatos' experiments to create creatures and machines to defeat the Gargoyles. Also to note, Beth Maza (who appeared in a photo in Deadly Force) and Petros Xanatos appeared in the comics before their full debut on the show.

Slave Labor Graphics

Cover to Creature Comics' Gargoyles #1, by Greg Guler.

On 21 June 2006, Slave Labor Graphics, in association with CreatureComics.com, began producing a new Gargoyles comic written by series creator Greg Weisman. The comic continues the storyline of the animated series, picking up after the second season finale, "Hunter's Moon, Part III". The first two issues adapt the first episode of The Goliath Chronicles, which Weisman story edited.

Fan community

A small but loyal fanbase for the property developed after its cancellation, largely online.

In 1998, Weisman began answering fan questions about the series in an online forum at Ask Greg, revealing, among other things, productions details about the series, in-universe details about the characters, and his plans for the property if it had not been cancelled or if he was able to revive it in the future. Among other revelations, Weisman has detailed spinoffs for the series that reached various stages of development, including Bad Guys, for which a leica reel was produced; Gargoyles 2198,[9] for which he has written a series bible; Timedancer; Pendragon; Dark Ages; and The New Olympians. While no other series entered production, there have been organized fan fiction efforts to explore several online. Bad Guys was adapted by Weisman as a six-issue black-and-white limited comic series, and he has expressed a desire to follow it up with Timedancer.[citation needed]

The Gathering of the Gargoyles
Status defunct
Genre Gargoyles TV Series
Venue Changes yearly
Location Los Angeles, California
Country USA
First held 1997
Last held 2009
Official Website http://www.gatheringofthegargoyles.com/

The Gathering of the Gargoyles was an annual fan convention which began in 1997. The Gathering featured several regular guests close to the Gargoyles franchise including series co-creator Greg Weisman, and voice actors Keith David and Thom Adcox. The Gathering has featured several recurring special events such as a radio play, where attendees audition and take speaking roles, a masquerade ball where attendees dress up as their favorite character, an art show where the many artists within the fandom can display or sell their artwork. Weisman has in the past shown the leica reel of Bad Guys at Gatherings. Footage and interviews from the 2004 Gathering appears as an extra feature on the Season 1 DVD of the show.[10] In 2009, the last Gathering of the Gargoyles was held in Los Angeles.

Home video

VHS and laserdisc

The five-episode pilot was edited into movie format for Gargoyles the Movie: The Heroes Awaken and released on VHS and laserdisc in February, 1995. The following videos were later released containing the remaining first-season episodes:

  • The Hunted (October 1995), containing episodes "The Thrill Of The Hunt" and "Temptation"
  • The Force Of Macbeth (October 1995), containing episodes "Deadly Force" and "Enter Macbeth"
  • Deeds Of Deception (April 1996), containing episodes "The Edge" and "Long Way To Morning"
  • Brothers Betrayed (April 1996), containing episodes "Her Brother's Keeper" and "Reawakening"

Episodes six through thirteen were left unaltered, except for the removal of the "Previously on Gargoyles..." segment from "Enter Macbeth."

DVD releases

In 2004, the tenth anniversary of its premiere, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released Season 1 of Gargoyles on DVD in Region 1. The first half of the second season was released in December 2005.

At the 2006 Gathering of the Gargoyles convention held in Los Angeles, Weisman announced that the release of Season 2 Volume 2 had been canceled. Weisman has stated simply, "Volume 1 did not sell enough copies." Since 2006, Disney has no plans to release the second volume.[11]

The episodes themselves are uncensored, restoring scenes which were removed on Toon Disney and the VHS releases.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
Gargoyles: The Complete First Season 13 December 7, 2004
  • The Gathering of the Gargoyles
  • Original show pitch by Greg Weisman
  • Audio Commentary on episodes 1 - 5.
Gargoyles: Season 2, Volume 1 26 December 6, 2005
  • Episode introductions with series creator Greg Weisman
  • The Gathering of Cast and Crew Featurette
  • Audio commentary on the "City of Stone" episodes (parts 1-4)
Gargoyles: Season 2, Volume 2 26 Unreleased
Gargoyles: Season 3 13 Unreleased

Video game

Sega Genesis cover artwork.

In 1995, Gargoyles, the video game was released in the United States for the Sega Genesis. A Super Nintendo version was planned, however, it was never released.[12] The game was a side scrolling platformer. The plot was considered non-canon and involved the Eye of Odin attempting to destroy the world.

Parody/Reference

JLA Showcase #1

In 1999 Greg Weisman wrote a story for DC Comics' JLA Showcase 80-Page #1, cover dated February 2000. The one shot consists of various Justice League stories; Weisman's was set during the time of the Justice League Europe and titled "Flashback Of Notre Dame". Roster included: Captain Atom, Flash, Kilowog, Metamorpho and Blue Jay. The story has Captain Atom, The JLE and Bette Sans Souci/Plastique meeting a group of Gargoyles at Notre Dame Cathedral. After the usual misunderstanding/battle, the JLE help The Gargoyles return to their home island Brigadoon.

The story, while being a parody is an homage to Gargoyles. This version of the clan are more batlike than the characters they parodied and have names based from Paris, France. The story's full of injokes (such as The Gargoyles' home island Brigadoon, being a reference to Avalon). The names of the clan (and Gargoyle they are based on) are:

  • Behemoth/Goliath (Clan Leader)
  • Diabolique/Demona (Behemoth's Ex-Wife)
  • Seine/Hudson (Behemoth's Mentor)
  • Angelique/Angela (Daughter of Behemoth and Diabolique)
  • Montparnasse/Broadway (Boyfriend to Angelique)
  • Montmartre/Brooklyn (Behemoth's Lieutenant)
  • Champs-Élysées/Lexington (Monmartres' Brother)
  • Left Bank/Bronx (Clan's Dog)
  • Thomeheb/Thailog (Behemoth's Brother)
  • Cyrano/Othello (one of Behemoth's rookery siblings)
  • Christian/Iago (another of Behemoth's rookery siblings)
  • Roxanne/Desdemona (yet another of Behemoth's rookery siblings)
Freakazoid

"The Lawn Gnomes" mini segment was a parody of Gargoyles. The episode "Freakazoid is History" featured Freakazoid listening to a Gargoyle who bears a slight resemblance to Goliath.[citation needed]

3×3 Eyes

According to Greg Weisman, the English dubs of 3×3 Eyes features scenes with a homeless man humming the Gargoyles theme song, and a character says "What could make claw marks in solid stone?". The English dub even features members of the Gargoyles cast including Keith David, Brigitte Bako, Bill Fagerbakke, Thom Adcox-Hernandez, Ed Asner.[13]

The Big O

In episode fourteen of the anime The Big O ("Roger the Wanderer") there are three stone gargoyles that bear a striking resemblance to Brooklyn, Broadway and Lexington on a rooftop as Roger Smith wanders through a memory of Paradigm City. The Gargoyle resembling Broadway appears to have Goliath's jaw.

Brooklyn and Broadway as they appear in The Big O.
X-Men: Evolution

In episode 45, "No Good Deed", during the staged "heroics" montage, Avalanche knocks a stone Gargoyle statue, which bears a resemblance to Broadway, off a building in order for Blob to catch, preventing it from smashing into a crowd of people below.[14]

W.I.T.C.H.

Episode 21 of Season 2, "U Is For Undivided" has parts of the city transformed into a medieval type setting. A couple shown in the middle of it are Brenda and Marco. Respectively based on the Gargoyles yuppie couple Margot and Brendan, Pat Fraley voiced both Brendan and Marco.[15]

The Spectacular Spider-Man

The first episode, "Survival of the Fittest" (which is written by Weisman), has Spider-Man swinging past a few Gargoyle statues, two of whom resemble Hudson and Broadway. Another scene in this episode depicts a statue of Broadway being smashed on a helicopter pad by Spider-Man, in his attempt to flee from Vulture and an attacking helicopter. Also, in his appearances, Mysterio uses robots that resemble tiny gargoyles (called Homunculi in episode credits) to battle Spider-Man. In "Opening Night" (written by Weisman), Jameson exclaims, "I love these guys! Ha, someone should give 'em their own show!" Cree Summer was among those voicing the Homunculi in the episode. Thom Adcox-Hernandez voiced Homunculi in the preceding "Blue Prints" and "Reinforcement".

Additionally, the series has featured several notable voice actors from this one in various roles:

In addition, Greg wrote a radio play script crossing over The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles for the Gathering convention of 2009. While some characters were voiced by the fans, others were voiced by their official voice actors/actresses including:

  • Keith David as Goliath, Thailog, Officer Morgan and Tombstone
  • Marina Sirtis as Demona and Margot Yale
  • Elisa Gabrielli as Obsidiana, Maria Chavez and Ashley Kafka
  • Thom Adcox as Lexington
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command

In "Clone Rangers" (written by Weisman), Zurg creates evil (though younger) clones of Buzz, Mira and Booster. Buzz's clone is named Zzub, who criticizes Zurg because he "took the good guy's name and reversed it." This pokes fun at the similarly-named Goliath clone, Thailog.[1]

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