Saturday, March 28, 2009

Esteban! Zia! Tao!

Did anyone else watch The Mysterious Cities of Gold on Nickelodeon as a child? It was a cartoon, and to my great shock, I find that it was anime. (I just remember thinking of it as a cartoon, like David the Gnome or any other Nick favorite.) I'm happy that it's finally coming to DVD. As you can probably guess, it's about the Spanish exploration of the Americas and the legend of the cities of gold (and it has some vague resemblance, at least in the use of character names, to Scott O'Dell's wonderful YA novel The King's Fifth). I really liked that show, and so did my brother. I still remember that we were watching an episode, and they advertised that the three-hour finale would play that weekend... when we were being hauled off on a car trip of some kind, maybe for a piano recital or something. In any case, I can't believe that our parents would have let us watch it, but I've always remembered it. I can barely remember how the series went now, so the urge to find out how it ends is dimmed, but I'm looking forward to it all the same.

I am a bit nervous, though, because the intro theme is nothing like I remember:


maccabee said...

I watched this all the time, and I don't have any recollection of the story either. It was no Thundercats.

jodi said...

Ah, so THIS is why M. was playing the theme song on YouTube the other day. I'm behind on my RSS feeds.

I, too, loved the show, but all I remember is the flying bird. And now I have the theme song stuck in my head. Again.

Heidi said...

All I remember is the episode where a little friend of the trio finds Zia's father, but they've already taken off to go... do something vaguely heroic. That's where the post title comes from; the little friend is telling the old man about the kids, and he makes her repeat their names.