Galtar and the Golden Lance

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Galtar and the Golden Lance
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Galtar and Tormack
Genre
Directed by
Voices of
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
Producer(s) Bob Dranko
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network Syndicated
Original release 1985 (1985) – 1986 (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.[1] The show ran for 21 episodes 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, 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.)

Further hindrance (plus comic relief) to this trio comes from inept father and son mercenaries Rak and Tuk, who have a history of double crossing others (on both sides) at every turn.

The series was canceled before the final outcome of the conflict between Galtar and Tormack could be revealed.

Characters[edit]

  • 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.

Supporting characters[edit]

  • 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.

Episode list[edit]

# Title Airdate Summary
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
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

Main voice cast[edit]

Additional voices[edit]

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]

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.[2]

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