‘Dungeons & Dragons: Series 1’- Animated TV Show Review
Episode 215 – Friday Fantasy Show
The Bottled Imp sneaks off to the fun fair and jumps aboard a Dungeons & Dragons ride, as we don our armour, sharpen our two-handed sword and delve into the mysterious world that is the ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ animated TV show. More specifically, Series 1 that first aired in 1983, created by Kevin Paul Coates, Dennis Marks, Takashi, and directed by Bob Richardson.
One Christmas many moons past, my brother received the 2nd edition of Dungeons & Dragons. We were so excited! But our joy was short live as we soon realised how complex and bewildering the rules seemed. Things have now changed thanks to the genius idea to create the ‘Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition Starter Set’ (review here: https://youtu.be/i6dZL8aZf-k)
I also remember coming home from school in time to see the animated TV show that was based and inspired by the fantasy tabletop role playing game that was created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in the early 70s. Since then the popularity of D&D has exploded spawning a few live action feature films, numerous dedicated YouTube channels, computer games, books, merchandise, and official soundtracks for game play.
Want I was curious to know, was the D&D cartoon like I remember it? Would it still stand up as a piece of entertainment thirty-six years later? And would it still be enjoyed by the ‘yoof of today’?
A good place to start is Series 1 of the 3 that were made. This consists of 13 episodes, each about 30 minutes long, with the overall storyline focusing on a group of friends, Hank, Eric, Diana, Presto, Shelia, Bobby – who are joined by Uni the Unicorn) aged between 8 and 15 who are transported to the realm of Dungeons and Dragons by taking a ride on an amusement park roller coaster. Here they meet Dungeon Master who gives each child a magical item. Their aim is to survive in this strange and magical land, and to find a way back home.
The Bottled Imp
Exploring the Realms of Fantasy.
***** New show every Friday *****
Presented by Ken Boyter
Produced & Directed by Julian Newman Turner
Music by Greg Breden
Artwork by Richard Nairn