Released to home video as a feature in 1995, this is the pilot episode for "Gargoyles," a high-profile syndicated cartoon series that represented a three-year effort by Disney's television team, yet feels inescapably like a gothic rendition of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."
The saga begins in 10th-century Scotland. The gargoyles are the fearsome, winged survivors of an ancient, nocturnal race. Dormant during the day (living in the form of stone statues) the gargoyles guard Castle Wyvern, coming alive on the battlements at night to defend the castle against marauders,
even though the resident princess and her sorceror distrust the noble creatures. The gargoy...