“The Gathering of the Gargoyles” featurette
Orignal Show Pitch
“Experience all 13 thrilling episodes of GARGOYLES’ first season in this spectacular 10th anniversary 2-disc DVD set, complete with exclusive bonus features. It’s action-packed animation at its very best! For 1,000 years, a race of heroic creatures has been frozen in stone — the victims of human betrayal. Now, with the magic spell broken, these amazing Gargoyles awaken from their slumber to find themselves transported from the moors of Scotland to the bustling metropolis of New York City. Follow each suspenseful episode to find out if this proud clan of winged warriors will seek revenge on the race that betrayed them.”
This DVD is rated TV-Y7.
Looking at the voice cast, someone on the crew was definitely a Star Trek The Next Generation fan. The cast included Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis in leading roles with Michael Dorn, Kate Mulgrew, Nichelle Nichols, Brent Spiner, and Paul Winfield in guest starring roles. Other notable actors like David Warner, Tim Curry, Jim Cummings, Sheena Easton, Peter Scolari, Thomas F. Wilson, John Rhys-Davies, and Cree Summer also had cameo roles. But even with big names as voice actors, the core cast did a pretty good job, too. Keith David’s deep voice is perfect as Goliath. Edward Asner plays the old warrior Hudson. Bill Fagerbakke also plays Broadway, but I keep thinking of his role as Patrick Star on Spongebob when I hear his voice.
While the animation doesn’t have a particularly stylistic design like Batman or Samurai Jack, the characters and backgrounds all look great. There’s a good mixture of dark artwork and lighthearted artwork as well. This is especially noticeable in the character designs.
Kids will love Gargoyles and there’s good entertainment for sci-fi and fantasy fans as well. I recommend checking out this DVD if you’re a fan of either of those genres or animation.
Episode Commentary The first five episodes feature commentary. Seeing how these add up to a feature film, that’s quite a bit of commentary. There’s your standard making of’ talk, but I would only recommend this commentary for die-hard Gargoyles fans that are already familiar with the episodes.
“The Gathering of the Gargoyles” featurette This video features a ton of footage shot at a Gargoyles convention in Canada. I had no idea that Gargoyles had such a following. They show people talking about why they love Gargoyles so much, a costume contest, a radio play, and more. It’s your standard convention fare that’s equivalently geeky to a Star Trek convention. Keith David even makes an appearance.
Orignal Show Pitch This is a promotional video that Disney sent out to TV stations across the US to generate hype for Gargoyles. The creator shows production art and explains the story. It’s interesting to see how the show evolved and how different these early designs were.
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