Picks and Pans Review: Gargoyles

updated 10/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/31/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

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B

The action takes place in a big, dangerous city. The hero is bitter and brooding. The animation is dark and brooding. Sounds a lot like Fox's Batman cartoon, but the description also suits this new animated series from Disney's Buena Vista Television.

The show, airing weekdays on the Disney Afternoon series before moving to its regular Friday time slot next week, at first seems like a real departure for the people who brought us Mickey, Minnie and Donald.

The cartoon revolves around a group of seven 1,000-year-old-plus gargoyles, who are resurrected in 1994 Manhattan by an evil millionaire and led by the warrior Goliath. They must do battle in the human world in order to stay alive. But no need for parents to be alarmed. All the traditional, wholesome Disney elements are in place, from a Beauty and the Beast-like plot line to the gargoyles' old-fashioned sense of nobility and morality. The result is a show that isn't bad, with impressive animation. The "but" is that Gargoyles never seems as groundbreaking as Disney apparently thinks it is.

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