Carlos Ferrer Makes a “Gargoyles” Fan Film

Carlos Ferrer has made a short fan film, designed like a trailer for a (sadly fictional) film adaptation of Gargoyles.

Made by Disney, the animated series aired from 1994 to 1997. It revolved around a clan of gargoyles, creatures who turn to stone during the day but come to life at night; having been put into a magical sleep for 1,000 years, they woke up in modern New York City, which they defend from threats both normal and supernatural.

It was an unusual dark and serious cartoon, especially for a Disney property, and has a cult following to this day. It combined fantasy with science fiction and often drew on old legends and even Shakespeare plays, with characters like Macbeth and the fairies from A Midsummer Night’s Dream in recurring roles.

The fan film, which has rather astounding scenes of both Scottish landscape and modern city, begins like the opening of the show, with a voice-over describing the premise. This includes mention of humanity’s fear of the gargoyles—a recurring theme in the show, echoing ideas of racism and xenophobia.

As it moves to modern New York, we see the gargoyles “wake up” from their stony nap, with most focus on Goliath (voiced in the original show by Keith David), the leader of the clan. He flies off an stops an unseen criminal on a motorcycle, and is confronted by the police; from her red jacket, one of them seems to be Elisa Maza (Salli Richardson), a detective who becomes the gargoyles’ friend and confidante (and Goliath’s love interest).

The worst thing about this video? It is not, in fact, a trailer for a real movie. Fans of the series will just have to keep hoping that we get a (good) adaptation one day.

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