The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda
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Genre
Written by
  • Cliff Roberts
  • Sam Graham
  • Gary Greenfield
  • Chris Hubbell
Directed by
Voices of
Narrated byHéctor Elizondo (Intro)
ComposersClark Gassman
Michael Tavera
Country of originUnited States
Italy
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Kay Wright
  • Sam Ewing (supervising producer)
EditorGil Iverson
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises
Release
Original networkSyndicated
Original releaseSeptember 16, 1990 (1990-09-16) –
December 8, 1991 (1991-12-08)

The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda is a 1990 animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera with the Italian public service broadcaster RAI and its first channel, Rai 1. The series is loosely based on the characters Don Quixote and Sancho Panza from the 17th century novel by Cervantes.[1]

Plot

Don Coyote (voiced by Frank Welker) is a swordsman who travels the land in search of adventure, with the help of his noble horse Rosinante (voiced by Brad Garrett), Sancho Panda (voiced by Don Messick) and his cynical donkey, Dapple (voiced by Don Messick). These crusaders of chivalry ride the countryside fighting for truth, justice, and beauty. Their attempts to do so are complicated by Don Coyote's state of mental unbalance and constantly mistaking everyday objects for horrific monsters. Coyote is always successful, for accidental reasons.[2]

Broadcast

It was first aired in 1989 in Europe, and then in the United States in 1990 as part of the weekend/weekday morning programming block The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera.[3]

Episodes

Season 1: 1990

Ep Title Written by: US air date
11"Pity the Poor Pirate"Sam Graham,
Chris Hubbell
September 16, 1990 (1990-09-16)
Don runs into the pirate captain Jack Boutique and incessantly chases him mistaking him for a maiden in distress.
22"Not a Ghost of a Chance"Gary GreenfieldSeptember 23, 1990 (1990-09-23)
Don and Sancho enter a ghost town where the smuggler Dusty tries effortlessly to drive Don away so he can get his gold stash.
33"The Horse Who Would Be King"Cliff RobertsSeptember 30, 1990 (1990-09-30)
44"Veni Vidi Viking"Cliff RobertsOctober 7, 1990 (1990-10-07)
Jacques Boutique disguises himself as a maiden in distress in order to capture a ship. Don Coyote mistakes him for a real lady whom he must rescue. His chivalrous acts cause Jacques to go insane.
55"Don Coyote Meets Robin Hood"Cliff RobertsOctober 14, 1990 (1990-10-14)
Don Coyote meets Robin Hood and does his duty as a knight by arresting him as a robber. After he finds out the local authorities like Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham are corrupt from Maid Marian, Don must rescue Robin as well as different members of the Merry Men.
66"Rosinante by a Nose"Eric AlterOctober 21, 1990 (1990-10-21)
Rosinate is abducted by a group of cavemen who want to fatten him up for a sacrifice. Don Coyote and Sancho arrive just in time to rescue him from a horse-eating tyrannosaurus.
77"The Reluctant Brides"Gary GreenfieldOctober 28, 1990 (1990-10-28)
Don Coyote angers a troupe of actors when he keeps disrupting rehearsals to "save" the far maiden actress. But the leading man and stunt man are really thieves and only Rosinate and Dapple know the truth. With their help, Don Coyote blunders his way to the rescue.
88"Surely You Joust"Chris Hubbell,
Sam Graham
November 4, 1990 (1990-11-04)
After finding out that Robin Hood and his band of merry Men steal, Don Coyote turns them over to the Sheriff of Nottingham. He later rescues them when he discovers that they have an important role to play in the wedding of Maid Marion.
99"Double Don"Cliff RobertsNovember 11, 1990 (1990-11-11)
A thief intending to steal the royal treasury poses as Don in order to get the real Don framed.
1010"Don Coyote & the Flying Gargoyle"Cliff RobertsNovember 18, 1990 (1990-11-18)
1111"Don Coyote and the Masked Avenger"Sam Graham,
Chris Hubbell
November 25, 1990 (1990-11-25)
1212"Shrink, Shrank, Shrunk"Fred KronDecember 2, 1990 (1990-12-02)
An evil wizard plots to use Don and Sancho for his shrinking experiments. The duo later meet a princess and discover the wizard has threatened to shrink her whole kingdom's population if she does not marry him.
1313"Who's Got the Genie"Gary GreenfieldDecember 9, 1990 (1990-12-09)

Season 2: 1991

Ep Title Written by: US air date
141"Sancho's Island"Gary GreenfieldSeptember 15, 1991 (1991-09-15)
Sancho gets his own private island.
152"Vincente the Inventor"Cliff RobertsSeptember 22, 1991 (1991-09-22)
Vincente, an inventor hoping to become royal inventor, has problems preventing Don from using some of his gadgets.
163"Sir Sancho the Nearly Knight"Gary GreenfieldSeptember 29, 1991 (1991-09-29)
174"Don't Monkey with the Baby"Barry BlitzerOctober 6, 1991 (1991-10-06)
185"Don Coyote & the Contessa"Chris Hubbell,
Sam Graham
October 13, 1991 (1991-10-13)
The Contessa elopes with her boyfriend San Diego to escape her father, but gets kidnapped by a bandit named El Diablo. Don, however, keeps mistakenly believing Diego is El Diablo.
196"Don Coyote & the Deep Sea"Chris Hubbell,
Sam Graham
October 20, 1991 (1991-10-20)
207"A Knight in Arabia"Fred KronOctober 27, 1991 (1991-10-27)
218"Goodbye Rosinante"Cliff RobertsNovember 1991 (1991-11)
229"Don Coyote's Fire-Breathing Friend"Cliff RobertsNovember 10, 1991 (1991-11-10)
A dragon forced to perform as a giant money-making carnival game escapes from Grabbo and his henchman (those who captured him), and Don ends up befriending him and escorting him back to his home while having to deal with the two greedy robbers.
2310"The Haunted Inheritance"Chris Hubbell,
Sam Graham
November 17, 1991 (1991-11-17)
2411"Don Coyote & the Feudin' Families"Cliff RobertsNovember 24, 1991 (1991-11-24)
2512"Don Coyote & the Christmas Bell"Arthur Alsberg,
Don Nelson
December 1, 1991 (1991-12-01)
2613"Don Coyote & the Secret Weapon"Cliff Roberts,
Gary Greenfield
December 8, 1991 (1991-12-08)

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 159. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television cartoon shows: an illustrated encyclopedia, 1949 through 2003. McFarland & Co. p. 277. ISBN 07864-2255-6.
  3. ^ Crump, William D. (2019). Happy Holidays—Animated! A Worldwide Encyclopedia of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year's Cartoons on Television and Film. McFarland & Co. p. 90. ISBN 9781476672939.