Well, I got on this horse, so I might as well bring it back to the stable.
The Legend Of Zorro is the third in our unintended Teen Zorro Triumvirate. We’re going back to the original period for this Italian-Japanese co-production. Yes, two countries who aren’t America or Spain made a cartoon about a Spanish hero in pre-American California. I expected a few details to be wrong, but this may be the most wrong you can get without screwing up the legend entirely. So if you aren’t tired of seeing Zorro’s de-aged origin yet here’s one more. I swear this is it for a while, but the next show is about transforming robot tops, so ask yourself if you are truly better off. Trust me, this has to be seen to be believed. Back on topic though.
This time the villain isn’t the captain, although Captain Raymond here is clearly the most evil of all the evil captains, but Lieutenant Gabriel. Garcia’s here but he isn’t in charge…although let’s be honest, all he’s ever really been in charge of is the dinner menu. This may be the most cartoonishly evil incarnation of the Spanish military we’ve ever seen in this franchise and that’s saying something. Our first episode includes a public execution, horse riders smashing everything just because, and did I mention children are at the execution? Also for some reason one of the guards has a bad Texan accent. We have a new love interest, Lolita Prideaux (which sounds more French than Spanish/Mexican) and her money-grubbing parents who just want to marry her off to this version of Diego to get a hold into the de la Vega coin purse. Naturally the put off Diego puts her off while she falls for the Zorro who will actually fight.
Probably the oddest change besides Zorro now having a white horse is Bernardo, or rather Bernard. He is now even more de-aged than Diego, reduced to nine years old. Not featured in the episode but the intro warns us is Bernard’s future role in this as he takes on the identity of, and I’m getting this right from the Mondo World fan wiki (there’s a fan wiki for almost everything), “Little Zorro”. And here I thought Filmation giving Zorro a Robin-type sidekick named Amigo (which even I know is Spanish for “friend”, thank you Sesame Street) was a bit off. We won’t see Little Zorro this episode but we will see a suit-up sequence that looks more like Diego is transforming into Zorro instead of dressing up as him because this is a Japanese co-production with Italy. Surprisingly I may have oversold the crazy but it’s still an interesting curiosity.
Get this: Mondo World’s YouTube channel has the entire run of 52 episodes in English, in German, in French, in Turkish, in Russian, and three episodes thus far in Dutch. So you have a bunch of options for watching this show. I think we’re done with Teen Zorro for now. Next time, Beyblade and Transformers have a baby. If you were disappointed this wasn’t as crazy as it sounds, I’m underselling this next one.