Gargoyles is an American animated television series created by Greg Weisman. It was produced by Greg Weisman and Frank Paur and aired from October 24, 1994 to February 15, 1997. At the time Gargoyles was hailed as an ambitious Disney animated series, targeting an older demographic. Gargoyles is known for its complex story arc and melodrama. Character arc were heavily employed throughout the series, and as the series progressed, it became deeply influenced by medieval Scottish history and Shakespeare's Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The voice cast featured several actors who are alumni of the Star Trek franchise including Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes, who were featured regularly as principal cast members. Other Trek actors such as Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Colm Meaney, LeVar Burton, Nichelle Nichols, Avery Brooks, Paul Winfield, David Warner and Kate Mulgrew were guest or recurring players in the series.
A small but loyal fanbase supported the property after television syndication. The first season and part of season two are available on DVD. The Gargoyles storyline continued from 2006-2009 in a comic book also titled Gargoyles, written by Weisman and produced by Slave Labor Graphics. The show currently airs on Disney XD's late night schedule every Tuesday to Saturday at 4:00 a.m. Eastern/1:00 a.m. Pacific.
The series features a clan of nocturnal creatures known as Gargoyles that turn to stone during the day. The show focuses on a particular clan led by a gargoyle named Goliath. This clan lived in medieval Scotland where they helped protect a castle. One day they were cursed by a wizard to remain in their stone form until their castle "rose above the clouds." In the present day, billionaire David Xanatos purchases the Gargoyle's castle and has it reconstructed atop his New York skyscraper. The castle having thus "risen above the clouds", the six gargoyles of the clan awake. In trying to adjust to their new world they are aided by a sympathetic NYPD officer, Elisa Maza, and quickly come into conflict with Xanatos. In addition to dealing with the gargoyles' attempts to adjust to modern New York, the series also incorporated various supernatural threats to their safety and to the world at large.
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