Sky Dancers

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To be distinguished from Skydancer.

Sky Dancers is the name of a line of toys and an animated show spin-off that were popular in the mid-1990s.[citation needed] The toys were constructed of a pull-string base and a doll with foam wings. When the doll was inserted into the base and the string pulled, the doll would launch into the air, spinning its wings like a propeller as it flew.

Toys[edit]

Initially the toys were launched during the 1994 Christmas and holiday season and proved to be successful.[citation needed]

The toys were re-released in 2005 with an adapted design, manufactured by Play Along Toys. Galoob released a similar toyline aimed at boys called Dragon Flyz.

Recall[edit]

While the foam wings on the dolls provided a limited amount of safety, nonetheless, there were over 100 injuries reported. Galoob, the manufacturer of the toys, recalled them in June 2000 after less than six years on the market.[1]

Animated series[edit]

The toy series spawned an animated television spinoff produced by Abrams Gentile Entertainment.inc in association with Xilam and Gaumont Multimedia, Who created Dragon Flyz in 1996. The five characters were said to be students at the High Hope Dance Academy under the widowed Queen Skyla. Queen Skyla and her students defended her kingdom from Skyla's jealous brother-in-law Sky Clone, who sought revenge for his brother Skyler (Skyla's husband) being selected as king over him. Sky Clone had successfully killed Skyler but was unable to gain control of the Sky Swirl Stone that gave the Sky Dancers their powers. The series ended after one season once E/I regulations took effect.

Episode guide[edit]

# Title
101 "The Sky's the Limit"
Skyla recruits the five top dancers at High Hope Dance Academy to become Sky Dancers and defend the Wingdom. Can the Sky Dancers find their new powers in time?[2]
102 "On Wings Of Song"
Sky Clone's imps steal a harp which gives flight to inhabitants of the Wingdom. Can the Sky Dancer's brave the maze of the Nether World and retrieve the harp? [3]
103 "Broken Stone"
Slam and Jade break the stone on Queen Skyla's glove, removing the Sky Dancers' ability to fly. Can they find a way to fix it before Sky Clone destroys the Wingdom?[4]
104 "Getting the Story"
An obnoxious reporter with a crush on Breeze accidentally gets teleported into the Wingdom. Can the Sky Dancers save the day and keep their identities a secret? [5]
105 "Lonely Heart"
Skyla daydreams about her dead husband. When the Sky Dancers try to make her happy, Sky Clone summons a Horrorcane, kidnaps Skyla and steals her glove. Can the Sky Dancers save Skyla when their right of flight is taken away? [6]
106 "A Friend in High Places"
Sky Clone sends singing Horrorcanes to the Wingdom to disrupt the harmony. Can the Sky Dancers save the day when the Horrorcanes blow them back home? [7]
107 "Dance Jade, Dance"
When the Sky Dancers hit a wall in their dancing, Skyla takes them to the Sky Kingdom to learn from Rudolph Fareev, the best dancer there aside from Skyla herself. But when Sky Clone's imps try and kidnap a Sky Dancer, it appears a citizen of the Wingdom may have betrayed Skyla. Will the Sky Dancers uncover the traitor in time? [8]
108 "Love Lost, Love Found"
When Jade's mother returns after abandoning her years earlier, Jade doesn't know what to think. Skyla takes her, Angelica and Camille to Skyridium for a harp performance where Sky Clone has set a trap for Skyla. Will the girls be able to save Skyla? Can Jade forgive her mother? [9]
109 "The Last Dance"
A shape-shifter with magical rings wreaks havoc in the Nether World. Meanwhile, Camille is teaching the minueasy to Skyla's subjects. When Sky Clone comes face to face with the shape-shifter, they decide to team up to destroy the Sky Dancers. Will the Sky Dancers be able to stop them? [10]
110 "Skyler vs. Skyler"
The Sky Dancers are performing for a television show, but Angelica's new dress causes her to stumble. Skyla is disappointed, not because she stumbled, but because she let her vanity get the best of her. Meanwhile, Sky Clone uses the power of science to make himself look like King Skyler and after he "returns" to the palace, he frames Angelica for stealing the royal jewels.[11]
111 "Spread Your Wings"
When Angelica is injured on a skiing trip, she loses confidence in herself and decides to quit the Sky Dancers. Sky Clone takes this opportunity to attack the Wingdom and without Angelica, the Sky Dancers are unable to stop the attack. Will the Tinker be able to help Angelica regain confidence in time to stop Sky Clone?[12]
112 "Time and Again"
When Angelica finds Queen Skyla's glove, she and the other Sky Dancers fool around with it and accidentally transport themselves to the Wingdom. They find out that they were thrown into the past, when Skyla, Skyler, and Sky Clone were still kids/teens. The girls become Skyla's ladies in waiting, Breeze becomes Skyler's tutor, and Slam becomes Sky Clone's Phys. Ed. teacher. The Sky Dancers find out that Sky Clone was still jealous of Skyler even when they were kids. The boys risk their lives to save Skyler from a little "accident" planned by Sky Clone. Will the Sky Dancers ever be able to return home?
113 "Statues"
Angelica gets in trouble with Dame Skyla when she stays out all night partying, and then is late to practice and determined to deviate from the routine. Menwhile, in the Wingdom, Sky Clone has plotted to turn everyone, including Queen Skyla, to stone. His plan is carried out and Angelica blames herself when she falls asleep while chaos happened. The Sky Dancers unite to bring down Sky Clone once again.
114 "Blue Heaven"
115 "The Alliance"
Camille is upset when Angelica and Jade leave her to dance with "Blowhard Brandon." Meanwhile, when an ancient enemy is released upon the Wingdom, Queen Skyla will have to join forces with her greatest arch enemy, Sky Clone. The Sky Dancers are forced to work together with Sky Clone.
116 "Forever Love"
117 "Sky Clone's Trap"
118 "Long Live Sky Clone!"
119 "Where's My Body?"
Sky Clone creates a new invention that can make two people switch bodies. When the Sky Dancers scramble to protect the Wingdom, Sky Clone switches bodies with Slam. Slam has to convince his friends that he's not Sky Clone and get his own body back.
120 "Crises"
121 "The Moment of Truth"
122 "Heartbreak"
123 "Troublemakers"
Breeze's tribe holds a celebration in the desert.
124 "Dark Star"
125 "Slam Bang"
When Slam begins to hang out with Brandon, his attitude changes. He plays mean pranks and wreaks havoc around the school. Dame Skyla expels Slam and Brandon from the academy. The Sky Dancers leave without Slam for the Wingdom, where Sky Clone manages to steal the Sky Swirl Stone. Slam finds out that Brandon was paid by a rival academy headmaster to make him quit High Hope and attract publicity to the headmaster's own school. Meanwhile, the Sky Dancers are engaged in a fierce battle, and Slam soon joins them.
126 "The Imp's Trap"
Slam and Camille quit school to be in a movie.
127 "Treasure Cloud"
When High Hope Dance Academy is destroyed by a hurricane, Queen Skyla has to find a way to pay for repairs since the school doesn't have enough money. Queen Skyla brings the Sky Dancers to the Wingdom to retrieve money from the royal treasurey, only to find that the Wingdom is broke. An ancient map leads them on a treasure hunt to find a treasure, and Sky Clone is determined to beat them to the treasure.
128 "The Purple Tide of Skyridium"

Characters[edit]

  • Jade – She is a prima ballerina at High Hope Academy. Jade gets along with all the sky dancers, but she argues with Slam a lot, suggesting that she secretly likes him. Jade has a caring and compassionate nature. Jade has a close relationship with her father as he brought her up. Her mother taught her to dance, but when she takes the chance to become a professional ballerina, she has to be away from home, so Jade teaches herself. Jade has long black hair, often in a ponytail, with an orange streak down the middle, and brown eyes. She wears a short fuchsia dress and white boots as a human. As a Sky Dancer, she has large fuchsia wings and her outfit is pink and white. She has the power to turn things invisible.
  • Slam – He controls the power of gravity, and while lacking skill within dance class, he specializes in break-dancing and hip hop. Slam has a reckless personality and can come across as a rebel, is very competitive and hates ties, claiming that "the only thing a tie means is that I didn't win." He has a slight crush on Jade and has a love/hate relationship with her, as they have two very different personalities and tastes in dance and music. Slam has spiky red hair and black and yellow wings.
  • Angelica – A country rock dancer, she acts as leader of the Sky Dancers, with the power to briefly stop time. Angelica is very optimistic and witty, and tends to flirt with Breeze quite a bit, getting jealous when another high school girl in turn flirts with him too. Angelica is a little spoiled by her parents and her love for pretty clothes and dancing late at night clubs gets her into trouble often. Her cardinal rules are, "Never miss a rehearsal, a dance step, or a jammin' party!" Angelica has blonde hair with pink streaks. She also wears a pair of pink heart earrings. Her outfits are white and blue.
  • Camille – She has a modern dancing style, and can create any shape from clouds. Her parents, as lawyers, do not approve of Camille's dancing and she doesn't have the heart to tell them how she really feels. In the group, she is the responsible and smart one who often stands as the voice of reason. Camille has light, curly brown hair that she wears in a ponytail with a blue streak up the middle.
  • Breeze – He has a unique Native American dancing style, with the power of wind and nature, which is very effective against Sky Clone's minions. He has a crush on Angelica, flirting with and complimenting her often in the series. He is quiet, a bit shy, and mysterious, despite of his rugged image. He is chased by an obsessive high school reporter named Caroline.
  • Queen Skyla – Queen of the Sky Kingdom, she is also the dance headmistress of High Hope Academy, where she is known as Dame Skyla. She is Skylord's wife and Sky Clone's sister-in-law. She wears a long green dress on earth, and a white and green gown in the Wingdom (a portmanteau of "wing" and "kingdom"). Her hair is ash-blond and has pink and blue streaks in the Sky Realm. Skyla is notoriously timely, and one of her biggest pet peeves is when someone is not on time. Whirl and Twirl have been her pets since her childhood. She grew up in the palace with Skyler and Sky Clone, though it is unclear how she was connected with the royal family. However, she is called "Princess Skyla" as a teen, suggesting that she is perhaps a ward to the royal family. She is often seen mourning her husband Skyler, who was supposedly killed by Sky Clone.
  • Sky Clone – Skyla's evil brother-in-law and the main villain of the series. He is determined to take over the Sky Realm and defeat the Sky Dancers once and for all. He wants revenge against the Sky Realm because his brother Skyler took his right of flight, a fate he wishes on all of the sky citizens. He has tried multiple times to kill Skyla.
  • King Skyler – Skyla's husband . He sacrificed himself by a death spin with Sky Clone in order to defeat him, but unfortunately did not actually kill him. It is revealed that Skyler is not dead, but trapped in another dimension. He is seen often in Skyla's flashbacks and frequently comes to her aid when she is in danger.
  • Whirl and Twirl – They are Skyla's faithful canine companions, and can use their ears to fly while helping the Sky Dancers.
  • Muddle, Jumble and Snarl – Sky Clone's minions. The three imps are comic relief and are often head-to-head with Whirl and Twirl.
  • Caroline – A red-haired high school reporter, Caroline is dedicated to "getting the story." She meets Breeze at a school carnival and immediately becomes obsessed with him, leading to bad feelings between her and Angelica, Breeze's unofficial girlfriend. Caroline then proceeds to follow the Sky Dancers into the Sky Realm and gets on all their nerves, including the usually calm Skyla. She has an urge to interview everyone, and when she is kidnapped by Sky Clone, he gives her back just to get rid of her.
  • The Tinker – The Tinker is a friend of Queen Skyla's. As his name implies, he fixes things and is usually a great help to the Sky Dancers, providing them with information and his skills as a tinker. His constantly rhyming dialogue is a running joke in the series.
  • Brandon – Known by the girls as "Blowhard Brandon," he is another student at the High Hope Academy and very full of himself. Jade, Camille, and Angelica fight over who should get stuck dancing with him. Later in the series, he plays mean pranks on the other students (particularly Angelica) and is paid to trick Slam into quitting the academy, which Slam figures out. Brandon is never seen after this, implying that he permanently left the High Hope Academy.
  • King Skyhawk – The father of Sky Clone and Skyler and the former king of the Sky Realm. The Sky Dancers meet him when they travel back in time. He hires them as companions for Sky Clone, Skyler, and Skyla. Skyhawk is very kind and trusting, and the grown Skyler bears a strong resemblance to him. Skyhawk's wife and the reason for being a father figure to Skyla is never revealed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml00/00134.html
  2. ^ "The Sky's the Limit." Sky Dancers. 1996. Television.
  3. ^ "On Wings of Song." Sky Dancers. 1996. Television.
  4. ^ "Broken Stone." Sky Dancers. 1996. Television.
  5. ^ "Getting the Story." Sky Dancers. 1996. Television.
  6. ^ "Lonely Heart." Sky Dancers. 1996. Television.
  7. ^ "A Friend in High Places." Sky Dancers. 1996. Television.
  8. ^ "Dance Jade, Dance." Sky Dancers. 1996. Television.
  9. ^ "Love Lost, Love Found." Sky Dancers. 1996. Television.
  10. ^ "The Last Dance." Sky Dancers. 1996. Television.
  11. ^ "Skyler vs. Skyler." Sky Dancers. 1996. Television.
  12. ^ "Spread Your Wings." Sky Dancers. 1996. Television.

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