The Pirates of Dark Water

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The Pirates of Dark Water
Premiere miniseries: February 25-March 1, 1991
series: September 14, 1991
Finale May 23, 1993
Creator David Kirschner
Network/Provider FOX (miniseries)
ABC (season 1)
Syndication (season 2)
Style 30-minute animated fantasy
Company Hanna-Barbera Productions
Seasons 2
Episodes 21
Origin USA

The Pirates of Dark Water was an animated fantasy that first aired as Dark Water in a five-episode arc on Fox Kids. It ran on ABC in the fall of 1991 and then in first-run syndication on The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera.

The series followed the adventures of a team of travelers who sought the Thirteen Treasures Of Rule, which when collected combines into a power that could stop an evil substance, "Dark Water," from consuming the world of Mer.

The show was Hanna-Barbera's most expensive series, running roughly $600,000 per half-hour. The series was never completed due to the show's high costs and deadline issues.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
George Newbern Ren 1 2
Roddy McDowall Niddler 1
Frank Welker Niddler 1 2
Lugg Brothers 1 2
Dark Dweller 1 2
Morpho 1 2
Jodi Benson Tula 1 2
Hector Elizondo Ioz 1
Jim Cummings 2
Brock Peters Bloth 1 2
Peter Cullen Mantis 1 2
Konk Tim Curry 1 2
Earl Boen Lugg Brothers 1 2


Season Premiere Finale #
Miniseries: Dark Water February 25, 1991 March 1, 1991 5
Season One October 19, 1991 December 7, 1991 8
Season Two November 8, 1992 May 23, 1993 8


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series August 31, 2010 4