Galtar and the Golden Lance
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|Galtar and the Golden Lance|
Galtar and Tormack
|Ending theme||"Galtar" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||21|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||1985– 1986|
Galtar and the Golden Lance is a 30-minute animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions which aired in syndication in 1985–86 as part of The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. The show ran for 21 episodes and has been considered to have been created due to the rising popularity of the He-Man franchise.
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, to combine it with the stolen ancient and indestructible Sacred Shield, which rightfully belongs to Goleeta and Zorn. For whoever holds both becomes invincible—such a wielder cannot be brought down in any form of combat. The Golden Lance itself normally exists as a rather ordinary-looking short staff. However, whenever 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.)
The series was canceled before the final outcome of the conflict between Galtar and Tormack could be revealed.
- Galtar - The main character of the series and wielder of the Golden Lance.
- Princess Goleeta - The princess of Bandisar.
- Zorn - The younger, mind-controlling brother of Princess Goleeta.
- Thork - Galtar's loyal horse.
- Tormak - The primary villain of the series
- Rak and Tuk - A father and son dwarf duo who are inept mercenaries and have a tendency to double-cross others on both sides. They claimed that it was the only work that they know.
- Ither - Keeper of the Golden Lance, who eventually puts it into Galtar's care.
- Vikor - Leader of the 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 later 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.
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|1||Galtar and the Princess||Galtar and Princess Goleeta begin their quest to find the Golden Lance and the Sacred Shield that is need to defeat the despot Tormack.|
|2||Skull Forest||Prince Pandat of the Nerms saves Galtar and Princess Goleeta from Rak's trap. He brings them to Pandat as Tormack beings his attack.|
|3||Mursa the Merciless||The evil witch Mursa traps Princess Goleeta and steals her youth. Galtar works with the mysterious White Knight to rescue Princess Goleeta and defeat Mursa.|
|4||Goleeta's Reunion||Princess Goleeta's brother Zorn is captured and forced to work in Tormack's mines as Rak and Tuk lead her into a trap where she gets captured by Tormack.|
|5||Shadowhaunt||Galtar, Princess Goleeta, and Zorn enter Shadowhaunt, where they are attacked by an invisible monster.|
|6||Tormack's Trap||Galtar saves a young woman named Rava who helps Galtar, Princess Goleeta, and Zorn get into Tormack's castle. What they don't know is that Rava is Tormack's niece.|
|7||Wicked Alliance||Krimm teams up with Mursa in a plot to defeat Galtar and get their hands on the Golden Lance.|
|8||Vikor's Raiders||The Raiders led by Vikor kidnap Tuk and managed to steal the Golden Lance. Rak persuades Galatar to let him help out so that he can save his son.|
|9||The Manta Marauders|
|10||The Master Fighters|
|11||The Maze of Magus|
|12||Falca - Priestess of Prey|
|14||Zorn Meets Marin|
|18||Antara the Terrible|
|20||The Return of Rava|
|21||Love of Evil|
Main voice cast
- Lou Richards - Galtar
- Mary McDonald-Lewis - Princess Goleeta
- Bob Frank - Rak
- David Mendenhall - Zorn
- Brock Peters - Tormack
- Frank Welker - Koda, Thork, Tuk, Pingu
- Bob Arbogast - Ither
- Michael Bell - Yogoth (in "Love of Evil")
- Gregg Berger -
- Corey Burton -
- Greg Callahan -
- William Callaway -
- Henry Corden -
- Regis Cordic -
- Peter Cullen -
- Jennifer Darling -
- Barry Dennen - Krimm (in "Wicked Alliance")
- George DiCenzo - Otar
- Robert Duvall -
- Walker Edmiston -
- Richard Erdman -
- Pat Fraley -
- Linda Gary -
- Richard Gautier -
- Bob Holt -
- Helen Hunt - Rava (in "Tormack's Trap," "The Return of Rava," "Love of Evil")
- Chuck McCann - Orlock
- Allan Melvin -
- Don Messick - Pandat
- Robert Ridgely -
- William Schallert -
- Diane Shalet -
- Ted Zeigler -
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
On November 10, 2015, Warner Archive released Galtar and the Golden Lance: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.
- "Review: Saturday Morning Cartoons 1980s · DVD Review · The A.V. Club". Avclub.com. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
- We've Got the Finalized Release Date for 'The Complete Series' Archived 2015-11-05 at the Wayback Machine.