Highlander: The Animated Series
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Connor MacLeod as depicted in the series.
Genre
Created bySerge Rosenzweig
Directed byFrederic Dybowski
Voices of
Composers
  • Ramon Pipin
  • Hervé Lavandier
Country of origin
  • France
  • Canada
  • United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes40
Production
Executive producers
  • Christian Charret
  • Marc du Pontavice
  • Peter Davis
  • Bill Panzer
ProducerMarc du Pontavice
Running time25 minutes
Production companyGaumont Multimedia
DistributorBohbot Entertainment
Release
Original network
Original releaseSeptember 18, 1994 (1994-09-18) –
January 5, 1996 (1996-01-05)

Highlander: The Animated Series is an animated television series which premiered on September 18, 1994.[1] 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).[2][3]

Plot

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.[4]

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.

Protagonists

Notable villains

List of Jettators

Creatures

Several strange creatures exist in the universe of Highlander: The Animated Series.

Episodes

Season 1

Ep Title Jettator
11"The Last of the MacLeods"Mangus
22"A Taste of Betrayal"Stevenson
33"The Last Weapon"--
44"Melvyn the Magnificent"Erol
55"The Sound of Madness"--
66"The Suspended Village"Olak
77"Exodus"--
88"The Cursed"Ilrick
99"The History Lesson"Lanzelet
1010"The Valley of the Thorn Pods"Sehebi
1111"Fallout"Prometheus
1212"The Courage of Love"Branagh
1313"The Setup"Yashoda

Season 2

Ep Title Jettator
141"The Sword of Evil"--
152"The Eye of Heaven"Sheperd
163"The Price of Freedom"--
174"The Treasure in the Sand"--
185"Orane"Orane
196"The Secret Prison"--
207"Dead Ringer"--
218"Orion's Reign"Cornell
229"Rage of the Hurricane"--
2310"Oblivion"--
2411"Lord for a Day"Volta
2512"The Siege of the Dundees"--
2613"The Blood of My Enemy"--
2714"Valka"--
2815"The Survivors from Outer Space"Emerson
2916"King of the Ants"--
3017"Eagle Valley"--
3118"Isle of Grans"--
3219"The Revenge of the Shantytown"Mahata
3320"Trick of the Light"Eva
3421"The Double"Fredrickson
3522"Cult of the Immortal"--
3623"Playing with Fire"--
3724"Tricks of the Mind"--
3825"Matsuda"Matsuda
3926"Ice Dwellers"--
4027"Countdown"--

Cast

Spin-offs

A video game based on the series called Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods was released for the Atari Jaguar CD.

Home media

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.[5]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete Series 40 December 4, 2007

References

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 412–413. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Review of the series and DVD set at IGN.com
  3. ^ Telotte, J.P. (2010). Geraghty, Lincoln (ed.). "Television Futures". Science Fiction Studies. 37 (1): 121–124. ISSN 0091-7729.
  4. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 284. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  5. ^ Review of the series and DVD set at DVDTalk.com