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The Gargoyles

American animated series created by Greg Weisman, produced by Greg Weisman and Frank Paur and aired from October 24, 1994 to February 15, 1997. It was at the time hailed as one of the most ambitious Disney animated series in history, targeting an older demographic and taking a darker edge. This was part of the Disney Afternoon block, and, due to its dark tone, was the first show from that block to not be under the Disney name.
The series was known for its complex story arcs and melodrama, a prime example being the controversial first-season episode “Deadly Force,” which addressed the consequences of gun violence, including a graphic depiction of the wounds of a gunshot victim. The show was also notable for its complex characters, and character arcs were heavily employed throughout the series. As the series progressed, it became deeply meshed with medieval history, particularly kings and princes from medieval Scottish history, and other European mythologies such as the King Arthur mythos, Celtic, African and Norse Mythology among others, as well as the works of William Shakespeare, most notably A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth.
During the second season, a voice-over by series star Keith David was heard over the opening sequence:

One thousand years ago, superstition and the sword ruled. It was a 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!

 

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