The Pirates of Dark Water

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The Pirates of Dark Water
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Created by: David Kirschner
Network: Fox Kids
Production company: Hanna-Barbera
Original release: February 25, 1991May 23, 1993
Run time: 22 minutes
Starring: George Newbern
Jodi Benson
Hector Elizondo
Roddy McDowell
Frank Welker
Brock Peters
Tim Curry
Executive producer(s): David Kirschner
Paul Sabella
Mark Young
Producer(s): John Dorman
Cos Anzilotti
Music composed by: Tom Chase
Steve Rucker
Writer(s): Lane Raichert
Mark Young
Kelly Ward
Glenn Leopold
Director(s): Don Lusk
Gordon Hunt (voices)
Animation director(s): Joanna Romersa
Allen Wilzbach
Joan Drake
Robert Alvarez
Shinich Yoshikawa
Masaru Tonokouchi
Kiyotaka Kantake
Katsuhisa Yamada
Takuya Noda

The Pirates of Dark Water is an American animated action fantasy television series produced by Hanna-Barbera for Fox Kids' Saturday morning block as a five-part mini-series called Dark Water,[1] before moving to ABC as a full series. It ran from 1991 to 1993, airing 21 episodes that spanned two seasons.

The entire series has been released on DVD.




The music was composed by the Tom Chase and Steve Rucker. The director music production was Bodie Chandler.


Episode Number Air date
"The Quest" 1x01 February 25, 1991
"Dishonor" 1x02 February 26, 1991
"Break Up" 1x03 February 27, 1991
"Betrayal" 1x04 February 28, 1991
"Victory" 1x05 March 1, 1991
"Andorus" 1x06 October 19, 1991
"A Drop of Darkness" 1x07 October 26, 1991
"The Beast and the Bell" 1x08 November 2, 1991
"Panacea" 1x09 November 9, 1990
"King Niddler" 1x10 November 16, 1991
"The Collection" 1x11 November 23, 1991
"The Little Leviathan" 1x12 November 30, 1990
"The Dark Dweller" 1x13 December 7, 1991
"The Dark Disciples" 2x01 November 8, 1992
"The Ghost Pirates" 2x02 November 15, 1992
"The Dagron Master" 2x03 November 22, 1992
"The Game Players of Undaar" 2x04 November 29, 1992
"The Pandawa Plague" 2x05 May 3, 1993
"Sister of the Sword" 2x06 May 9, 1993
"The Soul Stealer" 2x07 May 16, 1993
"The Living Treasure" 2x08 May 23, 1993



Home media

Turner Home Entertainment released the five-part miniseries on both VHS and Laserdisc in the late 1991 and early 1992, respectively.

On August 31, 2010, Warner Archive Collection released the entire series together on DVD.

Reading material

To coincide with ABC premiere of the miniseries, Marvel Comics turned it into six-issue limited series from September 3, 1991 to February 25, 1992, before extending it to include their own original three-part story from March 24 to May 26.


Hasbro released action figures of Ren, Niddler, Ioz, Bloth, Zoolie, Konk, Mantus, and Joat, as well as a playset of the Wraith ship.

Video games

In 1994, when the series had already finished, Sunsoft published two different style of video games for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.

Critical reception