The Mysterious Cities of Gold (1982–1983)

TV Series   |  TV-Y7   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy


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A trio of kids must search throughout 16th Century South America for personal answers linked to the legendary El Dorado.


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11 November 2005 | Keep_Searching
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| The unforgettable children of the Sun!
I watched that cartoon when I was a kid.I remember that it was very nice.As it was a long time ago I had forgotten most of the plot and the characters.

Some months ago a local TV channel aired "The Mysterious Cities of Gold" .In spite of not being a 5-year old kid anymore I sat in front of the TV in order to watch it again.And I really enjoyed it!

It is a masterpiece in the animation genre-a cartoon with an exciting plot,memorable characters and terrific music.Moreover,it takes place at an interesting historical period-the conquest of South America. Most characters in cartoons are rather flat.But here all the characters are intriguing-especially the Spanish navigator Mendosa who is both greedy and kind-hearted.The kids Esteban,Zia and Tao are really nice.The villains also have their charm.

Hardly any other cartoon has better music score.Not only the starting song "Children of the sun" but all the other melodies are stunning.

So,if some TV channels in your countries air this cartoon,don't hesitate at all-take your seats in front of the TV and explore the mysterious cities of gold where adventures never end-as well as our enjoyment!

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Each episode was followed by a very short live-action educative documentary.


Quotes

Esteban: His hand, it was so warm.


Goofs

During the opening credits, Esteban is seen controlling the golden condor using 2 control levers. However, during the episodes proper, he only uses one (the condor just has one, shaped like a cobra).


Alternate Versions

Some scenes were cut from the US airing on Nickelodeon, including:

  • an extended shot of the Esperanza going into the butterflies in Episode 2.
  • The water waking up Pedro and Sancho in Episode 4
  • The building of the raft and creation of the oars also in Episode 4
  • The line "Then why did he take Zia away with him" in episode 6
  • A scene when Tao Trips and falls and can hear something on the ground in Episode 27
  • The line by Tao "All hell has let loose, the Olmecs are all scared to death" has been shortened to "The Olmecs are all scared to death" in Episode 32
  • Kalmec saying "Go on up Damn you fly higher" has the "damn you" silenced in Episode 38
  • Episode 8, 9, and 10 contain a different order of background music than the French Episodes. The rest of the english episodes seem to match the french episodes.
  • Episodes 20 and 26 contain slight time cuts, one of a side shot of the golden condor, the other of the Eagle flying over the mountain.
  • The 3 minute live action documentaries that were to follow the show were not aired. These were aired in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.


Soundtracks

Mysterious Cities Of Gold
(English Theme)
Written by
Haim Saban & Shuki Levy
Performed by Noam Kaniel

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Genres

Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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