Mysterious Cities of Gold
|Number of discs||6|
|Runtime||18 hours and 40 minutes|
In the year 1532, a Spanish orphan named Esteban joins a party of Spaniards in their search for one of The Seven Cities of Gold in the New World, hoping to find his father. He is joined on his quest by Zia, an Incan girl, and Tao, the last descendant of the sunken empire of Mu ("Hiva" in the English dub). The series is a mix of ancient South American history, archaeology, and science fiction. Esteban, Zia, and Tao encounter the Mayans, Inca, and Olmecs during their journey. The characters discover many lost technological wonders of the Mu Empire, including a solar powered ship (the Solaris) and The Golden Condor, a huge solar-powered would-be ornithopter (mechanical bird), capable of traveling considerable distances under the sun's power alone. They are constantly pursued by antagonists Gomez and Gaspard, who are also in search of the Cities of Gold. It is the 16th century. From all over Europe great ships sale west to conquer the New World, the Americas. These men eager to seek their fortune, to find new adventures in new lands. They long to cross uncharted seas and discover unknown countries. To find secret gold on a mountain trail high in the Andes. They dream of following the path of the setting sun that leads to Eldorado, and the Mysterious Cities Of Gold.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 19.2 x 14.2 x 4.8 cm; 539.77 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : 5030697010865
- Run time : 18 hours and 40 minutes
- Studio : Fremantle
- ASIN : B00149XOW2
- Number of discs : 6
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The characters are nicely believable and develop well as the series progresses. At times the animation is a little primitive by modern standards and the sound is a little shaky in places but this doesn't distract from what is still a well made series. It gets a little silly near the end when they meet the Olmecs and I'd forgotten what a trail of dsestruction they left behind as they progressed, but overall it was worth buying and watching again. I will probably watch it through yet again at some point soon.
This also has a 5 minute documentary at the end of the episodes which describes events and history of the subjects in the episodes that us Brits didn't get on the TV run. While I wasn't offended by it, there was some tribal nakedness and a live chicken beheading that I admit would be a bit much for 80s BBC to show to children.
Anyway, worth a look!
The live action documentaries at the end of each episode are interesting and educational and any Brit buying this DVD set may be seeing them for the first time because I think they were edited out when the series aired in the UK. Why they were cut?, I don't know. Perhaps the British censors thought the reference to sacrifice and very brief scenes of nudity, bull fighting and chicken slaughter were unsuitable for children. The scenes are brief and in my opinion there is nothing graphic enough for parents to worry about their children seeing. This view seems to be backed up by the number of 5 star reviews and lack of complaints.
When I heard that MCOG 2 was being released I could not wait to get hold of a copy. This brought back so many childhood memories.
I have to say that the the second series is not a patch on the first series. Don't know why, but I was expecting the voices of the characters to be the same as the first series. They are not, but close enough. Nevertheless, it was great to see the developers come together to bring back what I regard as the best cartoon series ever created.
Give your kids a proper cartoon to watch, rather than the computer-generated graphic cartoons they appear to produce these days.
If you remember this from your childhood too, get it, you won't be disappointed. :)