Skeleton Warriors

:"This article is about the cartoon TV-series. For skeleton warriors in other contexts, see Skeleton warrior or Skeleton (undead)."

Infobox Television
show_name = Skeleton Warriors


caption = Concept poster
format = Animated series/Science fiction/Horror
runtime = 30 minutes
creator = Landmark Entertainment Group
starring = Jeff Bennett
Nathan Carlson
Philip L. Clarke
Michael Corbett
Jennifer Hale
Tony Jay
Danny Mann
Valery Pappas
Kevin Schon
country = United States
network = CBS
first_aired = 1993
last_aired = 1994
num_episodes = 13
tv_com_id = 25640
imdb_id = 0108928

"Skeleton Warriors" was a 13 episode cartoon series created by "Landmark Entertainment Group", which originally aired in 1993-1994 on CBS.

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The story takes place on the distant planet of Lumimaire. The conflict of the plot revolves around the need to control the Lightstar Crystal. This powerful crystal powers the great city of Luminicity. Baron Dark, the show's main villain, tried to steal the crystal in order to gain control over its incredible power. He only succeeded in obtaining half of the crystal, with the other half being obtained by Prince Lightstar.

The half of the crystal that the Baron Dark managed to obtain turns him into a living skeleton. It also gives him the power to turn those with evil hearts into living skeletons for his army. Each episode involves Prince Lightstar, his siblings and Baron Dark attempting to obtain the other half of their respective crystals in order to gain control over the planet.

Prince Lightstar forms part of the "Legion of Light". It consists of Justin Lightstar a.k.a. Prince Lightstar, Joshua Lightstar a.k.a. Grimskull, and Jennifer Lightstar a.k.a. Talyn. They also have been endowed with great powers through their half of the Crystal. They team together with their uncle Ursak to battle the evil Baron Dark. While Baron Dark is transformed into an undead skeleton and given the ability to transform other living beings into his Skeleton Warriors, the Legion of Light gains other fantastic abilities. Lightstar gains the ability to channel energy through his hands, Talyn gains the power of flight, and Grimskull is transformed into an undead creature similar to the Baron, but also has the power to travel through shadows.

pin-offs

The cartoon also spawned a toy line created by Playmates Toys and video games for both the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation.

Characters

*Justin Steele/Prince LightstarPrince Justin is the leader of the Legion of Light and the one meant to protect the Lightstar Crystal. After its loss, he continually strives to protect humanity and defeat the skeleton warriors. He greatly frustrates the Baron by displaying the clear limits to his power: a person of good heart cannot be turned into a skeleton warrior. When the Lightstar Crystal was shattered, Justin received the ability to project powerful beams of energy out of his hands or through his sword, which later is declared by Ursak to "be" (or which might more likely "contain", considering the relative sizes of the sword and crystal) an actual piece of the Lightstar Crystal.

*Jennifer Steele/TalynTalyn is a fierce warrior, a gracious princess, a caring soul and an unwavering defender of the righteous. She somehow manages to combine all her devotion to the fight against evil with great compassion. After the struggle which shattered the Lightstar Crystal, she was granted the power of flight and managed to reconcile Justin and Joshua. Her later exploits include finding a way to actually restore skeleton warriors to the flesh - by removing the 'heart gems' which appear after the transformation. Although this discovery is a tactical advantage and a source of hope, it also spurred baron Dark on to worse acts; if any skeleton warrior is restored to human form, he could use his power to transform them back into skeletons, but, since he was the only one who possessed this power, if he himself was restored, no one else would be able to transform him back into a living skeleton.

*Joshua Steele/GrimskullJustin's younger brother, who initially worked together with Baron Dark out of a misplaced envy of his older brother. When Justin and Dark struggled for the Lightstar Crystal, Joshua interfered. The resulting surge of power turned him into an undead creature, but where Dark and his Skeleton Warriors are pure skeletons, Joshua — who was renamed Grimskull — is still covered in flesh. Grimskull is seeking redemption in his way, by helping his family; he saw the baron's evil during the fight which transformed him.Grimskull has been granted the power to travel through shadows wherever he wishes. Since his transformation, he has befriended a wolf, which he has named Skulker.

* Ursak the GuardianUrsak is the brother to the late king and the uncle to the Steele children. He serves as their advisor, second-in-command, mentor and surrogate father. He is a skilled combatant who leads from the front, as well as a highly competent scientist designing various weapons and armor for the Legion of Light's members.

*Baron DarkThe greedy and evil baron tried to seize the Lightstar crystal for himself, and caused it to break in two. His half turned him into a living skeleton who has the power to turn any person with the slightest bit of darkness in his or her heart into a skeleton warrior like himself. He is obsessed with defeating the Legion of Light, and taking control of both halves of the Lightstar Crystal, thereby granting absolute power for himself.

*Dr. CybornDr. Cyborn is a half skeleton/half machine who was Baron Dark's scientific expert and high tech weapon maker. Dr. Cyborn is the Skeleton Legion's mad scientist and is Baron Dark's second in command. Self-created in his demented laboratory, Dr. Cyborn grafted bionic parts to his own body after a near fatal accident. The scientist's dream came true when Baron Dark gave him his skeletal form. Now, this twisted genius serves the Baron as he devises weapons to destroy the Legion of Light.

*ShriekPreviously a beautiful woman, Shriek with her evil heart was transformed into a female Skeleton Warrior in Baron Dark's words "to add a woman's touch". In the days before she became a living Skeleton Shriek had a powerful physical attraction to Prince Justin. After she became a Skeleton Warrior her crush persists.

*AraculaAn arachnid like creature possessing six arms before being turned into a Skeleton Warrior, Aracula speaks almost entirely in grunts, screeches and other animal-like sounds. He serves mostly as a bodyguard and berserker-type fighter who tries to overwhelm his opponent through sheer brute force. He maintains his spider abilities despite being a skeleton

* DaggerInitially Baron Dark's dwarfish, slavish aide, later his dwarfish, slavish, skeletal aide. Dagger provides a certain amount of comic relief, but is mainly the baron's loyal servant. Even when he was briefly restored to the flesh, he continued to work for the baron's interests and longed to be restored to the skeletal state his master had imparted upon him.

Trivia

The theme song to the G4tv video game review show "Judgement Day" is really the bonus level tune of the "Skeleton Warriors" video game for the Sega Saturn.

External links

* [http://www.tv.com/skeleton-warriors/show/25640/summary.html Skeleton Warriors @ TV.com]
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108928/ Skeleton Warriors @ IMDB]
* [http://www.bigredtoybox.com/cgi-bin/toynfo.pl?skeletonindex Story of the Failed Skeleton Warriors Toy Line]


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