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The Mysterious Cities of Gold (1982-1983)
Written by: Jean Chalopin, Bernard Deyriès Voices Of: Janice Chaikelson, Adrian Knight and Terrence Labrosse
This is my all-time favourite, a Japanese-French cartoon that topped them all! This wasn't just a cartoon series with different stories each episode it was a full journey set in the 16th Century, an epic that you were fully captivated by. It was a series of inspiration, humanity, adventure, mystery, characters with depth, rich and colourful scenery along with an historical accuracy that helped translate the South American culture through the screen. We follow three children; Esteban (a Spanish orphan who can command the sun), Tao (a descendant of the legendary empire Hiva, a highly advanced race) and Zia (an Inca girl kidnapped from her people) on an adventure across the Americas to find the Mysterious Cities of Gold (heard to be hidden among the deserts and jungles of South America). Esteban and Zia both wear strange medallions that they hope hold the key to the cities location, their only wish upon their quest is that they find their missing fathers and learn about their identities. Tao believes that the cities will hold long lost secrets about his heritage. Off they head on their journey along with handsome Spanish navigator Mendoza (an incredible character) and two bumbling sailors Sancho and Pedro (who only want to plunder the cities for the gold). Along with the aid of the splendid Golden Condor their adventures take them on a journey like no other with lots of dangers they must overcome on their way; Empire of the Incas is being invaded and ravaged by the Spanish, they encounter the fierce female warriors in the Amazon rain forest, the land of the Mayas where they see that there are others on this treasure hunt, greedy Spanish and Mayan traitors all wanting to ensure that our group do not make it to the Mysterious Cities of Gold. This cartoon is truly remarkable and after watching it recently is even better this time around, it's nice to see the world through a childs perspective, the innocence, honesty and loyalty of these characters are refreshing.
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