"The Mysterious Cities Of Gold" was an anime series of 39 episodes from the early 80s.
It was a French/Japanese co-production and was dubbed into many languages.
The story followed the adventures of children Esteban, Zia and Tao, the Spanish navigator Mendozza and two sailors Sancho and Pedro who travelling from Spain and through South America on a huge treasure hunt in search of the cities of gold.
Esteban and Zia both had matching medallions that were the key to the opening of the legendary cities.
The series is regarded by many fans as the best childrens animated tv show ever.
Adrian Knight, who provided the voice of Esteban, the central character in the show, now works as a location manager working on films such as "Taking Lives" starring Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke and Kiefer Sutherland. Adrian also lended his voice to the 2002 video game "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell".
Kelly Ricard, who narrated the English version of the series, has appeared in several TV shows and films including playing a reporter in the 2000 made-for-TV movie "The Audrey Hepburn Story" which starred Jennifer Love Hewitt in the lead role.
The series has been released on video and DVD, but currently only in the French language. It is rumoured, however, that several DVD distributors are looking into releasing it on DVD in English.
DO YOU REMEMBER...
The catchy theme tune "Children of the sun, see your time has just begun, searching for your way, through adventures every day, every day and night, with your condor in flight, with all your friends in tow, we search for the cities of gold..."
The spoken introduction before the tune "...they dream of following the path of the setting sun that leads to Eldorado and the Mysterious Cities of Gold."
Philip Schofield on Childrens BBC asking everyone to write in for the song lyrics so everyone could sing along to it
The goldon condor that Esteban flew.
Thinking that the series was never going to end.
DID YOU KNOW...
The series was loosely based on the book "The King's Fifth" by Scott O'Dell.
The creators of "The Mysterious Cities of Gold" also created classic 80's cartoon "Ulysses 31" and several actors provided voices for characters in both series.
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