Xcalibur

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Xcalibur
Xcalibur.jpg
Created by Amélie Aubert
Philippe Druillet
Benjamin Legrand
Starring Ben Small
Tom Eastwood
Jules Dejongh
Opening theme Ray Fabi (music)
Ending theme Ray Fabi (music)
Country of origin  Canada
 France
No. of episodes 40
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel YTV
Original run 1 September 2001 – 1 April 2002

Xcalibur is a French Canadian CGI sword-and-sorcery children's television series that originally aired on YTV in 2001 and 2002.

Premise[edit]

King Edwin, ruler of a medieval-like Kingdom is assassinated by his brother and regent, Bragan, who has sold his soul to the devil, Kwodahn. The murder is witnessed by Prince Erwann who carries out the dying King's final orders; to take Xcalibur and hide it in a safe place. After hiding the sword, Kwodahn curses Erwann, turning him to stone. Erwann's feisty teenage daughter, Princess Djana befriends Herik, a young apprentice of the exiled Shogis, a sect of sorcerers, who has been entrusted with the Book of Life, the collected knowledge of the Shogis. Together, they retrieve Xcalibur, however upon reaching the Royal Palace, they learn Bragan has taken control of the Kingdom as regent to Arthus, the 10-year old sovereign, too young to rule himself, and confiscated Prince Erwann's lands as his own, falsely branding him as the assassin.

Unable to convince the lords or Arthus that Bragan is a traitor, Djana goes on the run with Herik, Tara - a member of the People of the Sea, often referred to as Barbarians - and Wip, a small dragon, and are branded outlaws by Bragan. Djana's resistance to Bragan's alliance with Kwodahn sparks a rebellion in the kingdom, assisted by the people of the villages of Mallory and Quinn, and (later), secretly assisted by Prince Duncan, one of the lords of the Kingdom.

Characters[edit]

  • Princess Djana — the fiery daughter of Prince Erwann, strongly opposed to Kwodahn and Prince Bragan. Her mother mysteriously disappeared, leaving Djana alone. She takes the sword Xcalibur to protect the innocent and to free her father from the curse.
  • Herik — a young Shogi apprentice, rebellious by nature. During Bragan's attack on the Shogi Monastery, he is entrusted with the Book of Life by the Grand Magus. He befriends Djana and helps her to retrieve Xcalibur, going on the run with her.
  • Tara — a messenger sent by the People of the Sea. She is sent to negotiate with Prince Erwann, who was the go-between for negotiating a peace treaty between King Edwin and her people; peace in exchange for a place to settle in the kingdom. She arrives too late, and is declared an outlaw along with Djana and Herik.
  • Wip — a small, flying dragon who was once the Totem of Sapphire.
  • Prince Bragan — King Edwin's younger brother, who has him assassinated. He is in league with Kwodahn, and attempts to subvert his nephew Arthus to become king.
  • King Arthus — the 10 year old sovereign, son of the late King Edwin. He is naive, easily led by his uncle, Bragan who believes his story that Erwann assassinated the King to steal Xcalibur.
  • Kwodahn — the Devil, who lives in a flying castle. He carries out his plans for domination through Bragan and Walka, who have sold their souls to him.
  • Wolf — the leader of the People of the Sea, raiders who attack the Kingdom for food and riches. King Edwin attempted to negotiate with them, offering them a land to settle in return for peace, however his assassination prevents this from happening. He eventually discovers that Herik is his son.
  • Walka — the Sylph of the Appearances who leans towards serving Kwodahn, has become a sorceress. She is banished from the Sylphs by Fedora, who turns into a Medusa-like creature. As a Sylph, she possesses a jewel: Sylph Bracelet. She eventually redeems herself by freeing Queen Lorna, and defying Kwodahn. Her Totem is a Two-Headed Snake.
  • Fedora — Sylph of Time and Queen of the Sylphs. She possesses a jewel: Sylph Necklace, and a wand. Her Totem is a Unicorn.
  • Sapphire — the Sylph of the Expressions and Djana's mother. She possesses a jewel: Sylph Ring.
  • Mussigoverness to King Arthus. She is devoted to the care of Arthus.
  • Queen Lorna — King Arthus' mother and rightful regent of the Kingdom. Bragan decided to get rid of Lorna first, and gave the task of assassinating her to her godmother; Walka. Unable to kill her goddaughter, she hid Lorna in Mussi's body. She is eventually released by Walka in a bout of redemption, and replaces Bragan as the regent.
  • Prince Erwann — Princess Djana's father. He was Chief of King Edwin's Army and his close friend, who worked as a bridge between Edwin and Tara, representing the People of the Sea. It is implied he had a relationship of sorts with Tara. He is cursed by Kwodahn and turned to stone when he refuses to hand over Xcalibur to him.
  • King Edwin — the late ruler of the Kingdom and Arthus' father. He is portrayed as a just and fair ruler, who wanted to make peace with the People of the Sea.
  • Zeky Zek — Wolf's subordinate.
  • Zoldan — a Shaman who accompanies the People of the Sea. He is often used as a pawn by Kwodahn for his plans.
  • Morgan freeman — an experienced Shogi who leads the exiled Shogis to a new life on the Shogi Island. He is a close friend of Herik.
  • The Shogi Master — sometimes called the Grand Magus, a powerful sorcerer and leader of the Shogis.
  • Silkar — a citizen of the village of Mallory, and one of Djana's allies. He eventually becomes a prominent figure in the rebellion against Bragan.
  • Arped — a citizen of the hamlet of Quinn, and another prominent figure in the resistance against Bragan.
  • Will — one of the leaders of the Wandering City, a city which floats above the sea, inhabited by pacifists.
  • Erin — one of the inhabitants of Quinn. She is initially a spy for Bragan, passing on information about the rebellion's plans to attack Bragan's camp and kill him. However, she redeems herself and becomes a close friend of Djana.
  • Prince Duncan — also known as the Green Prince. He becomes Djana's most powerful and trusted ally within the Council after she helps to save his lands from Kwodahn's magic. He is strongly opposed to Bragan's plans.
  • The Red Prince — one of the lords of the Kingdom. He is Bragan's closest ally on the council.
  • The Yellow Prince — another of the Kingdom's lords.

Voices[edit]

Episode list[edit]

The following is a full list of episodes in the order they are presented on DVD. Some of the episodes are not in their correct chronological order.

No. Title Directed by Written by Original airdate U.S. viewers
(million)
1 "The Sword of Justice" Didier Pourcel Benjamin Legrand & Amélie Aubert
2 "The Barbarian" Didier Pourcel Benjamin Legrand & Amélie Aubert
3 "The Heart of The Beast" Clément Estournel Jean-Christophe Derrien
4 "The Request For The Just" Clément Estournel Jean-Christophe Derrien
5 "A Charming Prince" Didier Pourcel Dominique Latil
6 "The Hexed Chessboard" Clément Estournel Benjamin Legrand
7 "The Destiny of the Shogis" Clément Estournel Christophe Poujol & Benoit Graffin
8 "The Wandering City" Clément Estournel Benjamin Legrand
9 "The Broken Sword" Didier Pourcel Benjamin Legrand
10 "The Test of Blood" Clément Estournel Dominique Latil
11 "The Slumbering Palace" Didier Pourcel Benjamin Legrand
12 "A Second Chance" Didier Pourcel Dominique Latil
13 "The Lure" Clément Estournel Jean-Christophe Derrien
14 "Nadja" Clément Estournel Christophe Poujol & Benoit Graffin
15 "I Have Faith in You" Clément Estournel Jean-Christophe Derrien
16 "The Seventh Crystal" Clément Estournel Christophe Poujol
17 "The Forbidden Experience" Clément Estournel Christophe Poujol
18 "The Toll Of The Past" Clément Estournel Jean-Christophe Derrien
19 "The Enchanted Forest" Didier Pourcel Pili Spinoza & Lydie Carré
20 "The Kiss" Didier Pourcel Yann Brion & Amélie Aubert
21 "The Strange Sickness" Didier Pourcel Dominique Latil
22 "The Dragon's Breath" Didier Pourcel Eric Rondeaux & Yann Brion
23 "The Promised Land" Clément Estournel Christophe Poujol & Thomas Forward
24 "The Ice Fortress" Clément Estournel Eric Rondeaux & Amélie Aubert
25 "The Secret of the Sylphs" Didier Pourcel & Marc Boreal Christophe Poujol & Thomas Forward
26 "The Return" Clément Estournel Eric Rondeaux & Yann Brion
27 "Golden Eyes" Clément Estournel Yann Brion & Amélie Aubert
28 "The Night of the Two Moons" Clément Estournel Benjamin Legrand
29 "The Tournament" Clément Estournel Jean-Christophe Derrien
30 "Presumed Guilty" Clément Estournel Dominique Latil
31 "The Invisible Monastery" Clément Estournel Christophe Poujol
32 "The Initiation" Clément Estournel Christophe Poujol & Thomas Forward
33 "Inheritance" Clément Estournel Dominique Latil
34 "The Ice Shogi" Clément Estournel Christophe Poujol & Thomas Forward
35 "Vivid Memory" Clément Estournel Benjamin Legrand
36 "One Day" Clément Estournel Christophe Poujol & Amélie Aubert
37 "Love and Duty" Clément Estournel Dominique Latil
38 "In The King's Service" Clément Estournel Dominique Latil
39 "Quest For Justice" Clément Estournel Amélie Aubert
40 "The Duel" Clément Estournel Benjamin Legrand

DVD Availability[edit]

UK DVD cover.

Anchor Bay released the series on DVD in the UK on 15 November 2004 in the form of a ten-disc box set with four episodes per disc. The set contains an episode guide on the packaging but no other extras. It has a listed running time of 16 hours.

Unfortunately, Anchor Bay's release features an error in the ordering of episodes, meaning that the correct chronological order has not been maintained. This particularly applies to the episodes The Secret of the Sylphs (episode 25) and The Return (episode 26), which should in fact immediately precede Love and Duty (episode 37).

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