Stone Statues by Day, Heroic Warriors by Night
Disney’s “Gargoyles” was a very entertaining animated series that was in syndication between 1994 and 1997. The 78 episodes told the story of the surviving members of a race of gargoyles; who protected a castle in Scotland. They were creatures who turned to stone by day and protected the kingdom at night. They were betrayed and most of them were killed, the remaining few were cursed to remain frozen for a thousand years, only to revive in turn of the century Manhattan. A billionaire by the name of David Xanatos purchases the castle and has it reconstructed atop his NYC skyscraper, the Eyrie Building. Although the series was relatively short-lived, it developed a very strong cult following to this day.
The entire premise of the show metaphorically reflects the racism and xenophobia we faced then and still face today. It also demonstrates the ability to adapt to a new culture and to help and show love to people even if they treat you with hate and contempt. The series taught me a lot of things, here is a quote from the series that reflects how deep and thought provoking the show really was.
“The written word is all that stands between memory and oblivion. Without books, we are neither teaching nor learning; we are cast adrift. Books are windows to the past, mirrors to the present, and prisms reflecting all possible futures. Books are lighthouses in the dark sea of time.”
After reading an article that claimed Kevin Feige was going to make one in 2017 (which was an April fools joke) I began to wonder why the hell Disney never decided to turn Gargoyles into a blockbuster movie event. Noted for its relatively dark tone, complex story arcs, and melodrama; with a Shakespearean-like theme, I believe it would be a very huge success. It’s to bad that article was just an April Fools joke, because if not it would be a crazy 2017 for Disney.
Here is some art from my fellow artist and writer Joey Paur
Here’s a look at big movies Disney has their hands on that Im anticipating for 2017 so far. Could you imagine if a live action Gargoyles was on there:
|March 17, 2017||Beauty and The Beast||Disney|
|May 5, 2017||“Guardians of the Galaxy 2”||Marvel|
|May 26, 2017||“Star Wars: Episode VIII”||Lucasfilm|
|June 16, 2017||“Toy Story 4”||Pixar|
|July 7, 2017||“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales”||Disney|
|July 28, 2017||Spider-Man: Homecoming||Marvel / Sony Pictures|
|Nov. 3, 2017||“Thor: Ragnarok”||Marvel|