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Today I’m looking at ‘U’. Because that it the letter we’re up to in my A-Z of cartoon characters of my childhood. But, and I know this seems grammatically incorrect (even though it isn’t) – who is ‘U’?

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‘U’ is for Uni (the Unicorn)

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Dungeons and Dragons was a pretty dark show as kids cartoons went. It was also brilliant. And slightly horrifying.

The premise is that some kids go on a ‘Dungeons and Dragons’ ride (whatever that was supposed to be – I’m not sure a fantasy role-playing game really lends itself to a roller-coaster but who am I to judge?) at a theme park, and rather than the thrill of a quick adrenaline rush, they get transported into an alternative reality called ‘The Realm of Dungeons and Dragons’. And it’s a pretty scary place, with a five-headed dragon and an evil wizard called Venger who wants to do them harm. Fortunately they meet someone called the Dungeon Master, who gives them magical weapons and they also meet a unicorn called Uni (brilliant name for a Unicorn no?) who seems to be more of a liability than anything. With these new weapons they set about trying to find a way out of the realm, and back home to their lives.  After many adventures, and one false dawn after another, they finally do get home.

Except, they don’t.

There was never a concluding episode to Dungeon and Dragons, so as far as we can tell those poor kids are still trapped there. Although it’s been, what, over thirty years, so they won’t be kids anymore. That’s if they survived.

Allegedly there was going to be a final episode, where the kids did all have the opportunity to leave, but it never got made.

Which is a bit rubbish really.

But it was a still an amazing cartoon.

 

On a completely separate note, it turns out that this is my 500th post on James Proclaims. That seems like quite a lot, so I should probably be congratulated for achieving this. Feel free to praise me to excess in the comments section below!

20 thoughts on “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Cartoon Characters That He Liked As A Child – Part 21: Uni

    1. Thanks for the praise. I don’t know if Dungeons and Dragons was ever really that big a deal, but I liked it and it seems to have picked up a bit of a cult following over the years, but it was definitely one of the darker cartoons out there.

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    1. Thanks. Haven’t seen the new Jumanji movie, but I can see the parallels. Dungeons and Dragons was really good, so I’ll forgive the lack of conclusion. It was always implied the kids would make it home and most of the episodes were standalone so it probably didn’t need a conclusion. I think the frustration comes from the fact that there was actually a script for the final episode and they cancelled the series without ever making it.

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  1. This, and Mysterious Cities of Gold, probably take the top spot when it comes to old cartoons I’d still watch. I was very much in love with Hank (not as much as Jayce, but who couldn’t admire Hank’s crop of incredibly yellow hair…?) but Uni was soooo annoying. Perhaps it was all the bleating and sounding like a goat rather than a powerful, mystical creature! Still, I’m very pleased your 500th post celebrates some quality nostalgia. Congrats!

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    1. Thanks and as you’ve now discovered I didn’t watch Jayce or Mysterious Cities of Gold and I’m now regretting my childhood. But Dungeons and Dragons was awesome and I’ve got it on DVD!

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