Movie Review: The Legend Of Prince Valiant with Stephen Wolfe Smith, Dorian Harewood, Patty Duke
|5 stars, 1 review|
Actors: Stephen Wolfe Smith, Dorian Harewood, Patty Duke
Studio: Bci / Eclipse
A Knightly Adventure No One Should Miss!"The Legend of Prince Valiant" is a high quality series that has earned itself a fanbase with reason. The 1990s offered little beyond "blow-you-up" action cartoon heroes, who lacked personality and a well written plot line to follow, but when Prince Valiant rode his black charger Caliburn into the hearts and minds of young viewers a true hero worthy of praise was born.
The timeless tales of Camelot, and King Arthur's Round Table are brought to life like never before. The plot of the series is built around young Valiant and his two friends Arn (a peasant boy) and Rowanne (the spirited Blacksmith's daughter) who dream of becoming 'Knights of The Round Table'. Unlike most flat cartoon characters, Valiant, Arn and Rowanne must overcome personal tests, and challenges in order to fulfill their life goals. Never has there been an animated cast that feels so "real", this is much to the praise of the outstanding voice cast. With plots that range from difficult lessons of life to high medieval adventure, "The Legend of Prince Valiant" is sure to please viewers of all ages.
While the series is said to be based off of Hal Foster's Comic "Prince Valiant", most fans of the series came to it "Foster-Free", in fact the differences between "The Valiants" are very clearly seen (starting with the lack of the page-boy haircut!). This is not to say that comic fans will not be interested in this take on Thule's Prince, just that the series will appeal to those who always skipped "Prince Valiant" in the funny paper.
If you remember the series from watching it as a kid, seeing it again will be better than you can recall it. If you are a newcomer to the series, once you start watching it you will wonder how you missed out on it all these years! "The Legend of Prince Valiant" is a knightly adventure no one should miss!
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