Cult Cartoon Essentials

Cult Cartoon Essentials: Conan the Adventurer

Running for 65 episodes between 1992-1993, Conan the Adventurer was an American-French-Canadian animated television series adaptation of Conan the Barbarian originally created by Robert E. Howard and developed by Christy Max. It was produced by Jetlag Productions and Sunbow Productions. In this incarnation Conan is more moral and less violent than in the source material and movies.

Opening in Cimmeria, the place where Conan (voiced by Michael Donovan) and his family lived whilst he growing up, we learn of a night years before when Conan was out with his grandfather (voiced by Richard Newman) and “fiery tears” aka meteors fell from the skies. Conan collected them and brought them back to his family. Conan’s father, the village blacksmith, used the ore from the meteors to forge Star Metal and used it to create various tools and weapons that would never rust or break or dull. He sold them, but his finest work, a magnificent sword, he kept for Conan. It was laid in a crypt and covered over with a heavy stone slab. Conan’s father told his son that only when he was “man enough” to push-off the stone slab, could he rightfully claim the sword.

Whilst all this was happening, the evil Serpent Man wizard Wrath-Amon (voiced by Scott McNeil) learned of Star Metal and that in addition to its strength that it possessed the power to open portals between dimensions. He thus sought Star Metal to release his deity Set from “the Abyss” to which he long ago had been banished by the combined powers of virtually every living wizard then on Earth for trying to enslave the human race.

As part of his search, Wrath-Amon sought out Conan’s family. Conan’s father told Wrath-Amon that he had sold all of the Star Metal but the wizard refused to believe it and used the spell of living stone upon Conan’s family. This resulted in Conan claiming his Star Metal sword to attack Wrath-Amon and his followers.

During the battle, the Star Metal sword got near Wrath-Amon and disrupted his magic revealing his reptilian face. To this, he said, “Those who see the true face of Wrath-Amon must perish!”

After chasing Wrath-Amon away, Conan then turned to his family and swore in the name of their god Crom to find a way of releasing them from the spell. The rest of the series chronicles that journey.

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