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Mysterious Cities of Gold, The

1 9 8 2 – 1 9 8 3 (Japan/France/Luxembourg)
39 x 28 minute epiosdes

Originally released in Japan as Esteban, Child of the Sun and in France as Les Mystérieuses Cités d’Or, The Mysterious Cities of Gold followed the 16th-century adventures of a young Spanish boy named Esteban who joins Mendoza, a navigator, and his associates Sancho and Pedro, on a voyage to the New World in search of the lost Seven Cities of Gold and his father.

They are joined on their quest by Zia (the kidnapped daughter of an Inca priest) and Tao (the last descendant of the sunken empire of Hiva).

Along the way, the adventurers also had to contend with the collapse of ancient civilizations, a race of strange creatures frozen underneath a mountain, an ancient nuclear-power system and a giant bird-like plane called the Golden Condor.

At 39 episodes, The Mysterious Cities of Gold was the cartoon version of War and Peace for the 1980s. Each episode was followed by a very short live-action educational documentary.

Esteban
Shiraz Adam
Mendoza
Howard Ryshpan
Zia
Janice Chaikelson
Tao
Adrian Knight
Sancho
Terrence Labrosse
Pedro
Michael Rudder
Kokapetl
Vlasta Vrána
Commander Gomez
Matt Birman
Captain Gaspard
A.J. Henderson
Governor Pizarro
Maurice Podbrey
Menator
Richard Dumont
Kalmec
Dean Hagopian
The Doctor
Walter Massey
Marinche
Jane Woods
Zarès
Pierre-Alain de Garrigues
Isabella Laguerra
Céline Melloul