Galtar and the Golden Lance

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Galtar and the Golden Lance
Galtar.jpg
Galtar and Tormack
Genre Animated
Adventure
Romance
Action
Drama
Voices of Lou Richards
Mary McDonald-Lewis
David Mendenhall
Brock Peters
Bob Frank
Frank Welker
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Opening theme "Galtar"
Ending theme "Galtar" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 21
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Original airing 1985

Galtar and the Golden Lance is an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera and premiered in 1985. It was originally produced and first aired as part of the program block, The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera.[1] The show lasted two seasons and has been considered to have been created due to the rising popularity of the He-Man franchise.

Premise[edit]

The series is about the mythical sword-and-sorcery adventures of three companions: Galtar, Princess Goleeta, and her younger mind controlling brother, Zorn. Galtar, with the help of his Golden Lance, is fighting with Tormack, the tyrannical usurper of the kingdom of Bandisar, who is conquering their entire world. Tormack is responsible for the death of both Galtar's parents and assassinating the rest of Goleeta and Zorn's family.

Tormack, among others like him, covets the power of Galtar's supernatural weapon, the Golden Lance, in order to combine it with the stolen ancient and indestructible Sacred Shield, which rightfully belongs to Goleeta and Zorn. For whoever holds both cannot be brought down in any form of combat. The Golden Lance itself normally exists as a rather ordinary-looking short staff. However, when Galtar holds it above his head with both hands, it extends two mystical blades from itself, one on each side, and can then be divided into two swords for dueling. The enchantment that gives the Golden Lance its power also causes any unworthy wielder to bring about an uncontrolled discharge of magical energy from its "hilt," which is called "The Fury Of The Golden Lance." (This is actually shown in at least one of the episodes.)

Also aiding Galtar and his friends are his loyal horse, Thork, and the powerful red dragon known as Raven's Claw. Further hindrances (plus comic relief) to this trio comes from inept father and son mercenaries Rak and Tuk, who have a history of double crossing others at every turn, claiming that it is the only work they know. The series was canceled before the final outcome of the conflict between Galtar and Tormack could be revealed.

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Ither - Keeper of the Golden Lance, who eventually puts it into Galtar's care.
  • Vikor - Leader of raiders who also seeks the Golden Lance.
  • Pandat - The prince of a race called Nerms, who occasionally aid our central companions.
  • Marin - A feral child who rescues and befriends Zorn.
  • Rava - Tormack's niece, who allies herself with Galtar and Goleeta. She wore a magical gauntlet that could command fire and ice through the gemstones imbedded in it. The gauntlet also had a black gemstone that could be used to summon Raven's Claw. Rava gave this gauntlet to Goleeta.
  • Raven's Claw - A fierce and powerful red dragon who comes to the aid of Galtar and Goleeta during the first episode of the series. Tormack's niece Rava later gives Goleeta her magical gauntlet so she can summon Raven's Claw at will.

Episode list[edit]

# Title Release Date Summary
1 Galtar and the Princess
2 Skull Forest
3 Mursa the Merciless
4 Goleeta's Reunion
5 Shadowhaunt
6 Tormack's Trap
7 Wicked Alliance
8 Vikor's Raiders
9 The Manta Marauders
10 The Master Fighters
11 The Maze of Magus
12 Falca - Priestess of Prey
13 Silver Sword
14 Zorn Meets Marin
15 Vikor's Revenge
16 Galtar's Challenge
17 Ither's Apprentice
18 Antara the Terrible
19 Tormack's Treachery
20 The Return of Rava
21 Love of Evil

Cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

Production credits[edit]

  • Executive Producers: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Producer: Bob Dranko
  • Creative Supervisor: Joe Taritero
  • Story Editor: Neal Barbera
  • Creative Design: Iwao Takamoto
  • Supervising Director: Ray Patterson
  • Directors: Art Davis, Oscar Dufau, Tony Love, Don Lusk, Alan Zaslove
  • Animation Directors: Bob Alvarez, Bob Goe, Bill Hutten, John Kimball, Tony Love, Rick Leon, Russ Mooney, Irv Spence, Tim Walker
  • Story Direction: Cullen Blaine, Rich Chidlaw, Larry Houston, Hal Mason, Will Meugniot, Floyd Norman, Dave Russell, Dick Sebast, Mike Swanigan, Vincento Tripetti, Roy Wilson
  • Recording Director: Gordon Hunt
  • Animation Casting Director: Andrea Romano
  • Voices: Bob Arbogast, Corey Burton, Greg Callahan, Gregg Berger, Bill Callaway, Henry Corden, Regis Cordic, Peter Cullen, Jennifer Darling, Barry Dennen, George DiCenzo, Walker Edmiston, Dick Erdman, Pat Fraley, Bob Frank, Linda Gary, Dick Gautier, Bob Holt, Helen Hunt, Mary McDonald Lewis, Chuck McCann, Allan Melvin, David Mendenhall, Don Messick, Brock Peters, Lou Richards, Bob Ridgely, William Schallert, Diane Shalet, Frank Welker, Ted Zeigler
  • Title: Bill Perez
  • Graphics: Iraj Paran, Tom Wogatzke
  • Music Composed and Conducted by: Hoyt Curtin
  • Music Supervision: Paul DeKorte
  • Character Design: Philo Barnhart, Frank Brunner, Leopoldo Duranona, Tony Sgroi, Iwao Takamoto, Mike Vosburg
  • Layout Supervisors: Jaime Diaz, Armando Da Col, Charlie Grosvenor
  • Layout Artists: Ric Estrada, Tim Burgard, Frank Brunner, Leo Duranona, Mel Keefer, Walt Peregoy, John Perry, Valerio Ventura, Peter Von Sholly, Víctor Braxator, Julio César Medrano, Manuel Cativa, Jesús Balbi, Sergio Mulko, Daniel Haupt, Carlos Meglia, José Massaroli, Alberto Caliva, Andrés Klacik, Alberto Saichan, Roque Vitacca, Ingo Elfers
  • Key Layout: Drew Gentle, Tony Sgroi
  • Animation Supervisor: Colin Baker
  • Background Supervisor: Al Gmuer
  • Background Color Key: Mike Humphries
  • Additional Graphics: Gary Smith
  • Sound Direction: Alvy Dorman, Phil Flad, C.S.A.
  • Supervising Film Editor: Larry C. Cowan
  • Dubbing Supervisor: Pat Foley
  • Music Editors: Terry Moore, Joe Sandusky
  • Effects Editors: Michael Bradley, Kerry Williams
  • Show Editor: Gil Iverson
  • Negative Consultant: William E. DeBoer
  • Post Production Supervisor: Joed Eaton
  • Production Managers: Larry Smith, Gary Smith
  • Executives in Charge of Production: Jayne Barbera and Jean MacCurdy
  • A HANNA-BARBERA PRODUCTION
  • This Picture Made Under the Jurisdiction of IATSE-IA Affiliated with A.F.L.-C.I.O.
  • (c) Copyright 1985 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
  • "Galtar" is a trademark and service mark of Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc.

Trivia[edit]

  • In Episode 1, Galtar tells Princess Goleeta he comes from the East of Aranon in a place called Shad.
  • In Episode 1, Galtar mentions the name of his horse a few times: his name is Thork.
  • In Episode 4, Zorn mentions the name of his horse is Kodo.

Other media[edit]

Galtar made a non-speaking cameo in the Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episode "SPF." Harvey calls him and his Golden Lance to the stand in a case involving cybersquatting.

Home media releases[edit]

No given word yet on a planned DVD release of the entire series from Warner Archive.

External links[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.avclub.com/review/saturday-morning-cartoons-1980s-40812