Sunday, August 12, 2012

Geek TV: Dungeons & Dragons!

dnd1Concept: A group of friends ride a Dungeons & Dragons ride at a carnival that magically takes them to the realm of D&D, where they assume new roles and battle the forces of evil, aided by the Dungeon Master, as they try to find their way home!

Total Episodes: 27

Original Air Dates: September 17, 1983-December 7, 1985

Original Network: CBS

Geek Factor: 9

Characters:

Hank, The Ranger (Voice of Willie Aames): The oldest of the kids, and a natural leader. He posseses a magical bow that shoots magic arrows of glowing energy that could be used in a variety of ways.


Eric, the Cavalier (Voice of Don Most): Spoiled child and big-mouthed coward. Eric always complains about what's going on. His magical device is a shield that can project a force field.

Diana, the Acrobat (Voice of Tonya Gail Smith): Outspoken and tomboyish member of the group, she possesses a magical staff that can shift in length from short to long. In the real world she's an Olympic-level gymnastics practitioner.

Presto, The Magician (Voice of Adam Rich): Albert, aka Pretso, suffers from low self-confidence and nervousness. His magical hat can produce pretty much anything, but it doesn't always seem to be what's desired or needed – although when the whole group is in danger, it does tend to produce exactly what's needed.

dnd2Sheila, the Thief (Voice of Katie Leigh): When Sheila raises the hood of her magical cloak over her head, she becomes invisible. Often shy and nervous, she is brave when her friends are in trouble.

Bobby, the Barbarian (Voice of Ted Field III): The youngest of the team, he is impulsive and ready to battle. His magical club can be used to trigger earth quakes.

Uni, the Unicorn (Voice of Frank Welker): Bobby's pet, a baby unicorn. She can sort of speak, mostly mimicking Bobby just after he speaks. She has the potential for the natural unicorn ability to teleport.

Dungeon Master (Voice of Sidney Miller): Friend and mentor to the group, his advice is often cryptic and doesn't always make sense until the group's finished their current adventure. It seems that Dungeon Master has the power to return them home himself (and in the unmade series finale, he does just that).

Venger, Force of Evil (Voice of Peter Cullen): The main antagonist, and Dungeon Master's son. Venger is an evil wizard who seeks the kids' weapons to increase his power.

Shadow Demon (Voice of Bob Holt): Venger's personal spy and assistant.

Tiamat (Voice of Frank Welker): Venger's arch-rival, avoided both by the kids and Venger.

Geek Guest-Stars:

dnd3Listen carefully, and you might hear the voice of Diane Pershing coming from assorted characters; she was the voice of Isis in Tarzan and the Super 7, the voice of Dale Arden in the animated Flash Gordon as well as doing Dale's voice (and Dynak X) on Defenders of the Earth, and was later heard on She-Ray, Princess of Power as Netossa, Spinderella and others, Poison Ivy on Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, Gotham Girls, Static Shock, and Justice League. Georgi Irene also did some assorted voices on the show, she was seen in Galactica 1980 as Super Scout. Another miscellaneous voice actress was Jennifer Darling, who played Peggy Callahan on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, guest-starred in an episode of The New Adventures of Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk, and later provided voices for a number of other animated series, most notably Madame-O on Bionic Six, Virulina in Visionaries, several characters on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Scarlet Witch in Iron Man (1995-1996).


Geek Pedigree:

E. Gary Gygax, who invented Dungeons & Dragons, was an executive producer on the show, and received some writing credit. Series director John Gibbs also earlier directed episodes of The Transformers and Muppet Babies, was an animator on Doctor Dolittle (1970), Super President, Here comes the Grump, What's New, Mr. Magoo?, Spider-Woman, was an animation or sequence director on Spider-Man (1981-1982), G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, The Incredible Hulk (1982-1983), Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and The Transformers. He later was supervising director on G.I. Joe (1985), Jem, and Defenders of the Earth.

dnd4Prior to writing episodes of Dungeons & Dragons, Jeffrey Scott had written episodes of The All-new Super Friends Hour, Challenge of the Super Friends, Scooby's Laff-a-Lympics, Dynomutt Dog Wonder, Spider-Woman, World's Greatest Super Friends, The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show, Spider-Man (1981), Thundarr The Barbarian, Super Friends, and Pac-Man. He later wrote episodes of DuckTales, James Bond Jr., Muppet Babies, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and many others.


Writer Michael Reaves had previously written episodes of Isis, The New Archie/Sabrina Hour, Space Sentinels, Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, Super Friends, Blackstar, Space Stars, Flash Gordon, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The Incredible Hulk (1982-1983), Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and would later write episodes of Ewoks, Droids, Teen Wolf, Transformers, Centurions, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Flash, Batman: The Animated Series, and many, many other shows!

2 comments:

  1. So wish they would release action figures of this show.

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  2. You're not the only one!

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