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A fantasy adventure tale about sailors who are looking for treasures that are said to save the world from Dark Water!
SUMMARY: the story is about Ren, a young prince of Octopon, who receives a mission from his dying father: he is to find 13 treasures of Rule, magical artifacts, which put together will banish the Dark Water from the planet. In order to find them, he is given a special compass, that points to the location the treasures are hidden, once you get close enough to them. With an unlike crew of:
Niddler - half-bird, half-monkey
Tula - a girl with ecomancer powers
Ioz - a pirate who thinks mostly about gold
Ren travels the waters of Meer in hope to find the treasures and faces difficulties on every step. The fact that he's always followed by Bluf, a pirate who wishes to keep the treasures for himself, doesn't help at all!
I must say that the art of the show leaves few things to wish for, but besides that I really enjoyed it: the episode plots are original, so as the general idea for the serie. I also like the vision of the fantasy world of Meer.
Fans of fantasy and pirates must watch this!moreless
Brilliance from Hanna Barbera Productions
Hanna Barbera Productions gave many great shows. This is certainly one of them. Brilliant Characters and Great story telling.
First 5 episodes are so great. From episodes 6 to 21, the episodes are less serious. But they are still great. From Episodes 6 to 13, we learn different characters like Roulette, Cray, Kiroptus, Scorion, and other characters. We see different locations like Banjamar, Mobos, Miragon, and other places. There are lots of brilliant ideas. Adults will enjoy this show with the children. Episode "Andorus" shows hope even in desperate situations. Episode "The Beast and The Bell" shows how your journey of hope can end up in a complete danger. Episode "Panacea" shows the greatness of Love and Sacrifice.
From Episodes 14 to 21, its a study on major characters. We study more about the character of Bloth in episode 16 The Game Players of Undaar and Episode 20 The Soul Stealer. Episode "The Dagron Master" shows why we should feel sorry for a Dagron. I shows how easily impressions of human can change. Ren shows his hatred to Dagrons in the beginning. In the end, he feels sorry for them.
Episode The Soul Stealer also reveals how Bloth was able to track down Ren easily. Thanks to Sooth Sayer, Bloth was able to track down easily. In Episode 15, it is also shown that Morpho can also track the location of Ren and his crew.
Episode "The Pandawa Plague" shows the birth of a new generation. Episode "Sister of the Sword" shows more about Ioz and his life. Each Episode of Pirates of Dark Water is special in one way or another. Sadly, it was never finished. But I am glad that Ren succeeded in finding 8 treasures. 8 treasures are in Octopon. In the end of Episode 14, it is revealed that Octopon is safe from the darkdweller's attacks.moreless
A fairy tale for all ages, featuring unique and colorful characters with lots of action, comedy and drama.
This criminally short series was one of the best cartoons ever made. It followed the adventures of a group of pirates on a quest to find the thirteen Treasures of Rule, in order to save the world from Dark Water, a mysterious black carnivorous liquid that swallows everything it touches. The pirates are four, each one different from the other. Ren is their leader. He is the son of Primus, King of Octopon, and heir to the throne. He is believed to be the only one who can bring the Kingdom of Octopon back to life. His friends include Ioz, a pirate, strong, arrogant but loyal to his friends and a great fighter. Tula is the only woman on board; she is an ecomancer, meaning she can control the elements and biological life, both sentient and non-sentient, as well as a natural affinity towards nature and animals. She is very headstrong, and usually argues with Ioz about everything. The fourth member is Niddler, a monkey-bird who always wants to eat.
Their enemies include the merciless pirate Bloth and his crew, and the Dark Dweller and his Dark Disciples. All of them have something in common, they hate Ren and would stop at nothing to get the Treasures before them (Bloth believing them to be valuable, and the Dark Dweller to destroy them).
The quality of this show was great, and you won't be disappointed by it. The action scenes are portrayed beautifully and you won't believe what you are going to see and will never know what will happen next. This show was incredible, and unfortunately it was never completed. The story was never finished, only eight Treasures were found and the Dark Water was not stopped.moreless
A darker tale for children before children were ready for darker tales.
Its a shame that this show only produced a handful of episodes. The story had a lot more potential with the young crowd of now compared to the young crowd of then. The darker themes went over the heads of some of the target audience and it was over. I could see a movie coming out of this series (ALA The Lord of the Rings meets Pirates of the Carribean). Maybe reinforce the darker themes and go for a pg-13 rating to bring it up to speed with today's audience that has already tasted darker themes in the last two installments of harry potter films.moreless
Follow Ren, Ioz, Tula & Niddler as they sail the open sea looking for Tresures before the evil Bloath gets to they. They incounter many different kinds of creatures and people including the monkey-bird people.
WHY....... Why do Tv people do this, they start a show give it a little time to flurish in this case 1 season then axe it in the second before letting them finish. I'm tired of watching cartoons that never get to finish their main task before being canceled or cut off. They only every find the 8th tresures, I can't remember how many they were looking for at the moment but I know it was more than 8, why didn't the last island have the rest of them on it, like a tresure hunter had already started collecting them with out the necklace and hid them with the eight tresure which he had found. Something so simple would have made this show so much better for me, However the people in these positions offen don't give a crap how the watchers will react to their ill made decisions. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!moreless
A great show the was knonw for its grittyness.
The Pirates of Dark Water was an early 90s cartoon, that changed the way Saturday morning cartoons were made. Pirates, though sorta cheesy, was the first real gritty cartoon. The writers in order to allow their characters to use strong language but not be censored created their own fictional curse words. The action in the show was like none seen before in a children's show. Characters could and would be wounded. There was none of this wishy-washy fights were eventually someone gave up or no one was hurt. And most importantly the show involved death. Established characters would actually be killed in the course of the show. Without The Pirates of the Dark Water, its safe to say that we could still be stuck with lame childish action cartoons.moreless
The Pirates of Dark Water is BACK!!!!
<a=href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgx8WjZ_0TE"> Resurrected on Youtube</a> in its' full glory.
The Pirates of Dark water was my all time favorite cartoon back in the day. It was one of the few American Cartoons with a continous story arc. The central focus of the story is on Ren the prince of Octopon who is on a quest find the lost 13 treasures of Rule. The show takes place on the alien world Murr which is being distroyed by the evil dark water. Only by collecting all 13 treasures can Ren save the planet from distruction. At Ren's side are Ioz, Tulla, and Niddler. At his back is the evil Pirate lord Bloth who wants the 13 treasures for himself.
Poor Ren never completes his quest because the show was canceled after just 21 episodes. All is not lost for Ren does have eight of the 13 treasures and defeats the dark dweller. This was a very tight series and it was dark day for American animation when it went off the air. American animation is often criticized for its thin plot lines that get resolved in the allocated timeslot. The Pirates of Dark Water with its' continous story arc shares none of this criticism and leaves the viewer wanting more after each episode.moreless
Very well written and animated. Needed an Ending.
This was one of my favorite cartoons. Even as an adult, I enjoyed watching with my children. But I wished they would have put an ending to this cartoon quest. The quest was to pickup and keep the jewels, Ren was on his journey and the journey was ended just a little too soon. The way the pirates helped him and also was in it for themselves made the cartoon interesting to watch. My children were young and enjoyed the monkey and to see what he would or wouldn\'t eat. I look forward to watching reruns of this show again.moreless
This show was an absolute favorite of mine growing up. My friend gave me all 21 episodes that exist after taping them when they were aired on cartoon network some time ago. Its a blast to watch and a cult classic as far as cartoons go.
I find the epicness of the story of Pirates of Dark Water to very exilarating and exciting. From begining to end, every episode is fun and entertaining. Like many Hanna Barbara made cartoons of its time it was quite cheesy, but not any more so than many of the others like it. My only regret about this show is its lack of closure, due to it being cancelled at episode 21, rather than being completed (which happens to far to many good shows). Pirates of Dark Water can only be surpassed by few cartoons of evan todays standards and is a timeless classic that is fun and exciting for everyone.moreless
Why did it have to end. I am still crying over it. It was so original and classic
This show was one of the best cartoons while i was growning up. Even my parents loved to watch it with me. It was great how a prince with a pauper upbringing goes on a heroic quest to save th e planet. It had monsters, pirates, adventure and on a far away planet. Plus it has funny. The animation for the time was okay. To me it could have been better. Ren , the prince was dreamy and a stand up guy. Tula was hot and like an amazon warrior. The bad guy Bligh was a great evil huge bad guy that won alot of the time. it was just a great show that a movie should be made to conclude it.moreless