Wednesday, January 18, 2017
20 Years Later, Gargoyles Is Still A Great Series
Recently I was able to acquire all three sets that make up the complete series of Disney's Gargoyles from the mid 90s. I loved the series when it first aired and caught all the episodes back then. However this as the first time I was able to watch the full series for start to finish.
It has aged well and is actually better than a lot of the popular cartoons out now.
Gargoyles is the story of a clan of gargoyles, who are stone by day and flesh by night. It ran for three years as part of the Disney Afternoon programing. Unlike most of the other Disney Afternoon cartoons, Gargoyles featured all new characters and told an on going story. Most of the other shows with Disney Afternoon were basically half hour long Disney cartoons, based on already known Disney characters, that reset after every episode. From the get go it was clear that Gargoyles had a story line and a history that mattered throughout.
The world of Gargoyles is interesting. It is modern day New York for the most part (Although we do get to see much more of the world at one point) but where Shakespeare meets Arthurian Legends with a huge dash of myths from all over the world mixed in, all connected together. And it works so well.
They also did a remarkable job of building up to some of the big reveals near the end of the series. Watching it from start to finish for the first time I saw this build up and just how well done it was. The seeds were clearly there early on.
Not sure if I am going to go after the short lived follow up to Gargoyles, Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicle. I don't remember it being as good and it does not tell a complete story in its 13 episodes.
There is no doubt that Gargoyles have stood the test of time and does not feel dated in the least. I recommend them for anyone who enjoys good story telling and well done cartoon shows.