The 90s animated series was dark and featured complex story and character arcs. Many scenes were later censored for the younger audience.
Much like the backstory of the 90s animated series, Gargoyles has made a return from the past, with its release on Disney + and the show's creator has confirmed that the production house is releasing uncut, uncensored version of the series.
Gargoyles was one of Disney's rare animated shows that was considered rather complex and dark, with a lot of blood and even a gun shooting that caused controversy at the time. Gargoyles certainly pushed the envelope and will be seen as the creators meant it, on Disney's new streaming platform, that went live earlier this week.
The series that streamed on TV from 1994 to 1997 gained quite a cult following and there were even rumors of Jordan Peele adapting the series for a movie.
Greg Weisman, one of the creators of the show, celebrated Disney releasing an uncensored version and urged everyone to binge-watch the series, so it could get a reboot.
He tweeted: Can confirm! Disney+ contains the uncut and uncensored Gargoyles! Not the Toon Disney/Disney XD edits. The show hasn't aired in this format since the mid-nineties and was only available this way on DVD.#KeepBingingGargoyles.
Gargoyles was censored for children as it showed a lot of violence. The most controversial scene came in the eighth episode of the first season when 'Broadway' picks up a handgun and accidentally shoots 'Elisa.' Parents complained of the violence leading to the episode being banned.
The premise of the series was that gargoyles who were cursed and turned to stone in medieval Scotland from where they were transported to modern-day New York City and serve as the city's night-time protectors.
The gargoyles and a female police officer, Elisa Maza (voiced by Salli Richardson), join hands to fight crime in the city. Gargoyles ran for three seasons with a total of 78 episodes.
Unlike many other animated shows, Gargoyles featured a dark tone, Shakespearean themes and complex story and character arcs. The fans of the series have been very excited ever since Disney announced the series would feature on its streaming platform.
"I’m thrilled Gargoyles is available on Disney+. Thrilled that fans — old and new — can see or be exposed to the series and thrilled that this represents at least a chance of getting Gargoyles back." Weisman told Inverse via email.
Spill the tea: What did you stream first on #DisneyPlus?— Disney+ (@disneyplus) November 13, 2019
(We’re hooked on Gargoyles tbh.)
It remains to be seen if Disney will be interested in reviving the series but Keith David, who voiced Goliath, the protagonist in the series said he would "love nothing more than to revisit Goliath".
"You know, those of us who were involved from the beginning... I've always wondered why they stopped it in the first place," said David in an interview with Comicbook. "I mean, I would love nothing more than to revisit Goliath. You know, he was absolutely one of my very, very, very, very favorite characters."
The return of Gargoyles was also one of the focus on social media. Disney + also tweeted about the show, writing: Spill the tea: What did you stream first on #DisneyPlus? (We’re hooked on Gargoyles tbh.)
Want complex characters? Interesting +relevant storylines?? POC characters voiced by POCs??? Every Star Trek actor ever???? It’s Gargoyles. U want Gargoyles. Tbh if #DisneyPlus is gonna bring back any show we damn well better #KeepBingingGargoyles its what they (and we) deserve pic.twitter.com/atNzWOfCsP— Katie Ebner (@Flaggirl08mc) November 14, 2019