Tuesday, December 11, 2012

From Comics to Toons: The Legend of Prince Valiant (1991)

Hal Foster's long-running comic strip, Prince Valiant, had been the subject of a feature film a number of years back, with future TV icon Robert Wagner (best known for It Takes a Thief and, in later years, the Austin Powers movie series) in the title role. However, for some reason, no one wanted to take a chance on adapting the strip into an animated series, despite the fact that other strips had made the plunge successfully.

Hearst Entertainment decided to do something about it, and produced The Legend of Prince Valiant for the then-Family Channel (now ABC Family) in 1991. The series lasted three years, airing in primetime first, with reruns on Saturday mornings. The series remained as true to the strip as it could be, with Valiant (Robby Benson) striving to join King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table. Presently, the series is out on DVD, but reruns are not available on cable. Go figure.

Following is a sample season 2 episode.

I regret that the poster left the show open off. It happens.

Rating: B.

No comments: