Rumors and photos were making their way around the net for a while, but the full video has finally shown up. All our heroes from the 1980s Dungeons & Dragons Saturday morning TV show are here: Hank, Eric, Diana, Presto, Sheila, Bobby, and even Uni. And of course, Venger makes an appearance, and even the Dungeon Master.
It’s a Brazilian commercial for the Renault KWID Outsider, a car we don’t get in the United States. Luckily for us, unlike the KWID, the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon has crossed borders. Its popularity in Brazil was apparently even bigger than in the U.S., and it remains a cultural touchpoint there to this day. The production quality is impressive for a commercial, to say the least. I literally got goosebumps watching childhood TV friends come to life. The casting is spot-on as well, especially, in my opinion, Eric and Diana. Sure, so the Dungeon Master felt a little too obviously computer-generated, but that’s okay. Once the creators of this spot get their Netflix or Amazon contract for a six-season epic, I’m sure they can cast Danny DeVito in the role and avoid the need for any CG.
The general opinion across the internet seems to be somebody make this into a series now. While no one can predict if that will ever actually happen, at least we have this in the meantime, a vision of what could be.
While you’re at it, enjoy the beautiful posters they’ve designed for the cast of characters: