Written by Cary Bates, Lydia Marano, Gary Sperling, and Len Wein
Directed by Saburo Hashimoto, Yeun Young San, and Kazuro Terada
Starring the Voices of Keith David, Salli Richardson, Jonathan Frakes, Ed Asner, Marina Sirtis, Bill Fagerbakke, John Rhys-Davies, Jim Cummings, Michael Dorn, and Tim Curry
- Running audio commentary of the first five episodes by creator and producer Greg Weisman, co-producer Frank Paur, and actor David
- The Gathering of the Gargoyles Featurette
- Original show pitch
Released by: Disney DVD
Rating: NR (some mild cartoon violence)
Anamorphic: Nope, it was made for TV
My Advice: Skip it
[ad#longpost]A thousand years ago, Gargoyles lived during the night time. They would come to life and fight to protect the humans who lived in the castle. However, one night that all went entirely wrong and they were placed under a curse whereby they would stay in stone until the castle touched the sky. Centuries later a billionaire tycoon bought the building and moved the gargoyles to modern-day New York City. Once there, the curse was broken and they were awakened. Now the Gargoyles were faced with a decision of whether to take their revenge on the human race or to continue protecting them by night. Oh yeah, it turns out that the billionaire tycoon has some dastardly use for them in mind, too.
The plot description for this show makes it sound a lot better than it really is. If someone were to take this idea and update it with digital animation and CGI special effects, it would probably rock visually, but as it was back nearly ten years ago, it’s just boring. The voice talent is okay, but they were working with scripts that were sub-standard at best. In fact, most of the first episode was set in medieval Scotland, and the accents were all over the place; i.e. most of them not from Scotland. I know this was aimed at kids, but come on. Anyway, after that, it just goes downhill. They make friends a modern-day detective who is out to clean up New York and bring down the billionaire who brought the gargoyles to New York in the first place.
The double-disc set has special features but there’s nothing to sneeze on. On the first disc, there is a commentary track spread across the first five episodes, but it’s just not that much to write home about. The information presented is only worth it if you actually find the show interesting. To me, the animation was so second-rate that I was turned off in the first two minutes. And that’s all for the first disc. The second disc sports a featurette that focuses on “The Gathering of the Gargoyles”. These are the people who love the show so much that they actually attend a reunion every year. If you thought the Trekkies were bad, wait until you see this. There are people who actually state that their marriage is based, partly, because they had this connection about the show to begin with. Wow.
Finally, there is a rather amusing look at the pitch reel that the series creator put together to pitch the show to Disney. It features pan-and-scanned photo renderings of what the gargoyles will look like and Weisman going through pretty much the same plot description that you’ll find at the beginning of this review.
If you have never seen the show, consider yourself one of the lucky ones and be thankful that people like me have to sit here and watch this stuff so you don’t have to. It’s just another service we offer.