|Highlander: The Animated Series|
|Created by||Serge Rosenzweig|
|Directed by||Frederic Dybowski|
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||40|
|Producer||Marc du Pontavice|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Production company||Gaumont Multimedia|
|Original release||September 18, 1994 –|
January 5, 1996
Highlander: The Animated Series is an animated television series which premiered on September 18, 1994. It is a loose spin-off and sequel of the 1986 film of the same name. The series was produced by Gaumont Multimedia with the worldwide distribution rights owned by Bohbot Entertainment (later BKN International).
The series is set in the far future of the 27th century. The last living descendant of the original Highlander fights against the evil dictator Kortan.
The story unfolds on post-apocalyptic Earth, after a meteorite collision nearly wipes out all human civilization after setting off nuclear weapons. Following this catastrophe, Connor MacLeod (the protagonist of the original film) and the other Immortals forswear the Game of fighting each other until only one Immortal remains to win the Prize. Instead, the Immortals swear to preserve human knowledge and help humanity. They cast away their swords and call themselves Jettators (from the French jette, "thrown away".)
But one Immortal, Kortan, refuses to swear the oath, he still seeks the Prize and now wishes to dominate the world. Connor challenges Kortan to a duel and is vanquished and killed, as any Immortal who breaks the oath is destined to die. However, with Connor's death comes the prophecy of the rise of a new Immortal, unbound by the oath, who will defeat Kortan. Uncontested by the Jettators and nigh-unkillable by mortals, Kortan establishes an empire controlling most of the planet, which he rules from his fortress Mogonda.
Seven hundred years later, a Highland youth named Quentin is killed trying to defend his clan, the Dundee, from Kortan's slavers. He is the prophesied Immortal and returns to life. His dying mother reveals his true identity to be Quentin MacLeod from Clan MacLeod, "The Last of the MacLeods". Quentin meets the Jetattor Don Vincente Marino Ramirez, who becomes his mentor. Ramirez teaches Quentin about Immortals and his mission to confront Kortan, and trains him in combat.
Accompanied by Ramirez, his adoptive sister Clyde, and their pet Gaul, Quentin seeks out the Jettators to gain their Quickening and their knowledge, not by beheading, but by a sharing as MacLeod and the Jettator grasp the same sword simultaneously (although the effects are sometimes just as destructive to the surrounding area). In the wake of a sharing, the Jettator becomes mortal and often his or her sword shatters to signify this. With the wisdom of Ramírez and the Quickenings of the Jettators, Quentin may be able to destroy Kortan.
Despite being redesigned to attract a younger audience, the show was surprisingly mature/violent; it was not uncommon for minor characters to die, and while Quentin took other Immortals' power and knowledge without also taking their lives, Kortan still did it the old way, by beheading them. In addition, though essentially a good-versus-evil scenario, most of the characters on both sides were more than just black and white heroes and villains. Many of Kortan's henchmen are shown to have good characteristics and feelings, and even on occasion Quentin will be tempted by greed and be selfish, especially when offered the chances of immense power. Of course, ultimately, his good side always wins through. Some episodes involve Jettators making use of a loophole in their oath to challenge Kortan regardless, such as Matsuda, who built a cyborg to fight Kortan in his stead, or Cornell, who changed his name to Orion to be able to fight Kortan.
Several strange creatures exist in the universe of Highlander: The Animated Series.
|1||1||"The Last of the MacLeods"||Mangus|
|2||2||"A Taste of Betrayal"||Stevenson|
|3||3||"The Last Weapon"||--|
|4||4||"Melvyn the Magnificent"||Erol|
|5||5||"The Sound of Madness"||--|
|6||6||"The Suspended Village"||Olak|
|9||9||"The History Lesson"||Lanzelet|
|10||10||"The Valley of the Thorn Pods"||Sehebi|
|12||12||"The Courage of Love"||Branagh|
|14||1||"The Sword of Evil"||--|
|15||2||"The Eye of Heaven"||Sheperd|
|16||3||"The Price of Freedom"||--|
|17||4||"The Treasure in the Sand"||--|
|19||6||"The Secret Prison"||--|
|22||9||"Rage of the Hurricane"||--|
|24||11||"Lord for a Day"||Volta|
|25||12||"The Siege of the Dundees"||--|
|26||13||"The Blood of My Enemy"||--|
|28||15||"The Survivors from Outer Space"||Emerson|
|29||16||"King of the Ants"||--|
|31||18||"Isle of Grans"||--|
|32||19||"The Revenge of the Shantytown"||Mahata|
|33||20||"Trick of the Light"||Eva|
|35||22||"Cult of the Immortal"||--|
|36||23||"Playing with Fire"||--|
|37||24||"Tricks of the Mind"||--|
A video game based on the series called Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods was released for the Atari Jaguar CD.
Some episodes of the series were edited into a feature-length film called Highlander: The Adventure Begins and was released by Family Home Entertainment in 1996.
Genius Products released Highlander: The Animated Series on DVD in Region 1 on December 4, 2007.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|The Complete Series||40||December 4, 2007|