Classic '80s animation gets another shot in the DVD arm in 2008 with the announcement yesterday that a British company, Fabulous Films, is preparing DVD sets in the UK, Australia and USA for the Nickelodeon-aired series Mysterious Cities of Gold
! The notification about the American release was formally made yesterday at Fabulous Film's USA site
, two weeks after details about the U.K. release were revealed at a European fan site
. Our thanks to reader Tyler Schug for tipping us off to that info. We then checked with the studio, including USA branch CEO and Managing Director Robert Starks, and after doing so we exclusively have the below company statement for you compiling all the vital information:
Mysterious Cites of Gold
Coming to DVD in 2008
Los Angeles, CA; October 1, 2007 - Fabulous Films is pleased to announce that it has concluded the license to release the long-awaited and much-anticipated "Mysterious Cities of Gold." The series is due to be released for the first time ever on DVD next February 2008.
Plans begin in the U.K. where the unedited full 39 episodes will be released on 3 double-DVD sets with 13 episodes each (1-13, 14-26 and 27-39). They will be in a standard DVD case with a card outer wrap, a booklet inside with episode details and possibly a poster. The show will then be released on DVD in the USA later in 2008, and also in Australia. Fabulous Films is about to begin picture and sound restoration in London, and also plans to interview episode writer Jean Chalopin for this release and compile other extras as well.
The Mysterious Cities of Gold (often abbreviated as MCoG) is an animated television series which originally aired in Japan on NHK (the national public broadcaster) in 1982, and in France and Belgium in 1983 on Antenne 2. It aired in the United States for years on the Nickelodeon cable network in the latter part of the 1980s, in Australia on the public broadcaster ABC at about the same time (considered a Classic ABC program), and twice in the United Kingdom on Children's BBC, in 1986/87 and 1989. It also was shown on TV2 in New Zealand and several other countries.
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. The characters discover many lost technological wonders of the Mayans, Inca, and Olmecs, including a solar powered ship (the Solaris) and The Golden Condor, a huge solar-powered airship, 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.
The Cities of Gold, of which there are seven, were built by the Emperor of Mu out of fear of a global war which would destroy civilization. Such a war indeed broke out, destroying the empires of Mu and Atlantis when they used the "weapons of the sun" (implied to be thermonuclear weapons). The Seven Cities of Gold hold copies of books in their "Universal Libraries" as well as powerful artifacts, including the "Great Legacy," a portable fusion reactor. Other elements of this technology turn up in unexpected places, like the Solaris in Tao's home island, Esteban's and Zia's medallions as keys to the Cities, or Tao's jar as an important piece of the Great Legacy.
Fabulous Films Inc. is the content and DVD production division of Fabulous Rights Ltd., a U.K. TV, games, and production company. Its world headquarters are located in London, England. Fabulous Films holds the rights to many classic films and TV shows. Our U.K. library features many iconic programs including Monkey, The Water Margin, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, HR PufnStuf, The Racoons, Eerie Indiana, and its classic films include Sympathy for The Devil and High Hopes. The USA offices are based in Los Angeles, California.