Today has been the 20th Anniversary of the Disney TV show, Gargoyles.
Anyone who knows me, knows that Gargoyles is my all time favorite show, now and forever.
And there are many reasons for this. It has amazing storytelling, with rich characters with wonderful dimensions! Hell, the main villain gets married and has a kid! How often do you see that!
The show also has amazing literature (tons of Shakespeare), mythology, legends, and folklore references from all over the world. There is the Gargoyles themselves, and there are robots, secret societies, Faeries (some of whom are shown to be the ‘gods’ from different pantheons), Genetic Mutants, 'Monsters’, Cyborgs, Aliens, Gangster Mob Bosses, Tricksters, ghosts, and everything in between.
It also promotes reading, and got me into Shakespeare.
The written word is all that stands between memory and oblivion. Without books as our anchors, we are cast adrift, neither teaching nor learning. They are windows on the past, mirrors on the present, and prisms reflecting all possible futures. Books are lighthouses erected in the dark sea of time.
-Jeffrey Robbins, Gargoyles
And has a kickass Female heroine, who is half African American, half Native American, a Lady Cop (Detective), and all badass. Elisa Maza!
However, the main reason I love this show, was because it gave me hope when I was all alone. When I was a little 11year old girl in 6th grade, the youngest in my year, I was bullied and tormented relentlessly. I had only two friends in the whole world, and at that point in time, they were just as likely to either bully me, or allow others to do so, or just to leave me all alone to go and play with the ones to bullied me. I was a little girl with ADHD, and mild as of then still undiagnosed Asperger’s. I danced and skipped down the hallways, and believed in fairies. I walked through the crowded halls full of kids trying to trip me, or slam into me, and learned to dodge. I was different from the other kids, in many, many ways, and they knew it. I’m still afraid of being near people playing Basket Ball, because of all the times they were aimed at my head.
Ironically, the faculty of my elementary school all loved me. I had wonderful teachers, and they did try their best to protect me. But it wasn’t’ enough. The principal of my elementary school even took a whole week, to sit down and talk with every child in my grade individually (106 kids), to get to the bottom of the horrible bullying. I appreciated their efforts, but nothing really changed. I was so, utterly alone then. Alone in ways I’ve never quite experienced since, thought I have come close. I had depression, and my stomach hurt, and my hands shook, and my head ached. I was able to get the nurse to send me home many times, (like I said the faculty all loved me). I was a pariah and outcast. And I was a little girl, who was 11 years old, who wanted to die. I never tried anything, but I wondered if any of the kids would care, or be sorry.
But Gargoyles, a show where the protagonists are good people who are shunned, ostracized, and feared for looking and being different, gave me hope. I knew how the Gargoyles felt, I knew what it was to be alone, like Demona,
and to search for kindred spirits like Lexington.
“We can’t hide from the whole world up here. There are kindred spirits out there for us, but we’ve got to look for them and got to give them chance. Or else we will always be alone!” - Lexington
And I saw Goliath, who lost so much, and was treated so poorly by the humans he had protected, and he forgave, and kept going, and he, HE had Hope. And, he gave me hope in turn.
“We can’t hide from the world, we must live in it. We must search for allies, kindred spirits. And sometimes we must take chances like we did tonight. To do otherwise, is to remain forever alone.” - Goliath
Gargoyles Protect. that Is what they do.
A Gargoyle can no more stop protecting the castle than breathing the air.
And they saved me.
My Dad saw this, and he took me to The Gathering of the Gargoyles, the fan convention. 10 years ago, on the 10th Anniversary of the Show. I met Greg Weisman, the creator of the show, and he was so kind. I was more comfortable in my skin at the Gathering than I’d been in a long time. Everyone there was so nice, and welcoming to this silly little girl. I met some of the amazing actors, like Keith David who voiced Goliath, and Thom Adcox who voiced Lexington. And I met these other amazing fans. And Greg and CrazyDemona cast me as Elisain the Radio Play. I felt like I was worth something again.
Gargoyles is why I’m majoring in film. Because someday, I want to be like Greg Weisman, and create a story that can help and inspired others, the way that Gargoyles helped me.
So Thank you Gargoyles. Thankyou Greg Weisman.
Thankyou to everyone who made this show possible.
And I also want to thank all of those wonderful fellow Gargoyle fans that I met at the Gatherings, who made a depressed little girl feel so welcome.
Today is the 20th Anniversary of the show that shaped my creative tastes and helped make me the man I am today.
On this day, in 1994, a neat little show called Gargoyles aired on the Disney Afternoon, and Western Animation was never the same.
So, Here is to Greg Weisman, Frank Paur, Michael Reaves, Brynne Chandler, Gary Sperling, Diane Duane, Peter Morwood, Greg Guler, Bob Kline, Jamie Thomason, Keith David, Salli Richardson, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Ed Asner, Jeff Bennett, Thom Adcox, Bill Fagerbakke, Brigitte Bako, Frank Welker, Kath Soucie, Karine Charlebois, Chris Jones, and everyone else (Far too many to name, I’m afraid) who has contributed to the mythos of a World that shapes my taste in fiction.