“Enchanted Camelot” Script

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For those that aren’t aware, just as Avalon: WoM was based on Jewel Riders, the 90s cartoon in turn went through several concept phases.  Recently, I was able to acquire a script of one of these drafts.  There are many, many differences between what we saw on the screen in “Jewel Quest” and this early draft called “The Enchanted Quest.”  Below, I’ll outline the differences as we read along.

  • First off, the name of the show!  Somewhere along the way, the title of  the show changed from “Enchanted Camelot” to “Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders.”

  • Also, there’s no New Camelot, it’s just plain Camelot.

  • Gwen’s name is spelled with the more traditional “Guinevere” instead of the phonetically-spelled “Gwenevere.”  She’s still called “Gwen” throughout the script though.

  • Gwen originally had a younger sister named Tara!

  • Tamara was originally going to be named “Melody.”

    • Cleo was the same, but Spike was called “Rusty” and Sugar called “Samantha.”

  • Fallon was originally going to be named “Alexandra” or “Alex”

    • Also, Moondance was originally named the somewhat generic “Midnight.”

  • The Dweezles were originally just plain “weasel stooges” for Kale.

  • Sunstar was originally going to be golden colored and named “Amber.”

  • The Pack had huge differences!

    • Josh, Thunder, Shadow and Stormrunner were the only ones who went unchanged.

    • Drake was originally known as “Shawn.”

    • Max was originally “Thomas.”

    • And there was a fourth pair!  “Brand” the rider and “Blazer” the wolf!

  • Anya was “Angelene” and Wintermane was described as a white tiger.

  • Kale originally finds the Dark Stone in a magical pool surrounded by crystalline trees and foliage.  She tunes the magic to herself by grabbing it away from an image of Merlin she sees in the water.

    • Interestingly, the magic of the Dark Stone is green here instead of the purple it ended up being in the show.  It reminds me of the Dark Sorceress’s magic in Avalon: Web of Magic

  • Tamara has only had the Heart Stone (“Heart Crystal” here) a week!

  • In this continuity, Merlin didn’t make the jewels – they’re formed by  the wild magic of the land when “over time, magical energies become compressed and form into Jewels.”  Interestingly, only some of these jewel allow for human/animal bonding.  These jewels are then used by the pairs to turn wild magic to good.

    • I’m already curious about the possibilities of jewels other than Enchanted Jewels now!  Also, jewel are basically like the Avalon equivalent of coal becoming diamonds over a really long time.

  • Tamara’s original purpose is to use her animal communication abilities to select groups of animals that have high probability of bonding with humans via Enchanted Jewels.

  • Merlin is trapped in his bubble not by a deer apparition, but by a green cat.

  • Kale wears her Dark Stone on a necklace! (Talk about bling!)

  • The Crown Jewel here are known as the “Ten Stones of the Kingdom.”

  • Kale doesn’t just throw Merlin into the Wild Magic, she full on vaporizes him into “Wizard Pixie Dust!”

  • The Crystal Carriage was the “Crystal Camper” and was pulled by two horses instead of the bear-wolf.

  • Merlin’s cottage originally had a planetarium – very similar to the Ravenswood house in Avalon: Web of Magic!

  • Alex (Fallon) carried a sword!

  • Archie could only speak telepathically like the other magical animals, and Melody had to tell the others what he was saying.

  • The Heart Crystal is extra sensitive to Wild Magic, and that is what allows Melody to talk to multiple animals (and its also extra difficult to control per Archie).

  • Alexandra and Midnight combine their two halves of the Moon Stone to make the “magic bullet” that allows them to catch up to Kale.

  • Kale blasts “Rusty” with dark magic as he tries to prevent her from getting into the Dragon Wagon instead of taking a shot aimed at Tamara/Melody.

  • The Pack also form force shields by connecting their two halves of the jewels.

  • A “Dark Stone” is simply a jewel untuned by Merlin instead of the specific jewel.

  • The Pack uses their Forest Stones to send messages through the trees.

  • Heh, Shawn uses “Facets!” as a swear word!

  • Lots of magic is described as using “webs” of interconnected magical power.  Early reference to the Web of Magic?

    • Also, generally the magic in webs are “conducted” by an individual.

  • When Kale opens the jewel box, the Ten Stones form a magical “matrix” in which Merlin appears.

    • He states that by giving up his Key, he broke his ties to the physical world and entered the matrix.  When Kale tries to place her Dark Stone into the matrix, it explodes and sends the Ten Stones scattering.

  • Names for the three gossiping nobles!  Lord Arville, Lady Newton, and Lord Drebin!

  • Different animals presented to Gwen: White Tiger, Bronze Kirin, and Peacock Griffin.

  • Merlin appears in a cloud of golden magic after Gwen gets the Sun Stone.  He says he now exists in the “spiritual plane, flowing within the wild magic of Camelot.”

  • Things not present in this edition of the script:

    • Travel Trees (hinted at with crystalline bushes, though!) and Riding the Wild Magic.

    • Avalon.  Gwen is always referred to the Princess of Camelot.

 
The show would have been similar, but very different!  I’m curious if there would have been a larger tie-in with the Arthurian legends if this version had gone forward.  I’m curious if Tara would have gotten a jewel, and what possibilities having a fourth Pack member would have meant for the show.

And now I really want to write fic based on this version. XD

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8 comments

  1. >Somewhere along the way, the title of the show changed from “Enchanted Camelot” to “Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders.”

    There was even a version titled “Enchanted Jewel Riders” in-between (no, really). There were also many scripts for the pilot episode.

    Btw, did you know how this all has originally started as a project to make a cartoon adaptation of the Dragonriders of Pern series of fantasy novels?

    >Also, there’s no New Camelot, it’s just plain Camelot.

    There’s also no Avalon. Like, at all. Which makes sense, because Avalon was of course elswhere.

    >The Dweezles were originally just plain “weasel stooges” for Kale.

    Wans’t it “Dweasels”? I don’t know, I seriously ask.

    >Anya was “Angelene”

    She was still in Spain: https://web.archive.org/web/20070120215338/http://www.elmundo.es/papel/hemeroteca/1996/03/31/television/99569.html

    >Kale doesn’t just throw Merlin into the Wild Magic, she full on vaporizes him into “Wizard Pixie Dust!”

    It’s a recurring theme in Jewel Riders too (episodes 7 and 13).

  2. Interesting about the jewel creation thing. That’s also kept in Avalon: Web of Magic: magic seeds compress to form magic jewels.

    Also, Emily finds her jewel in a magic pond, just like Kale does. (Doesn’t that kinda foreshadow Emily going evil at the end of the series? Or am I just reaching?)

    1. I had forgotten about that little tidbit with the magic jewel in a pond!

      I actually felt there were more similarities between this draft of the script and the Avalon books than the actual show. Green fire and magic made in webs!

  3. What a treat! Thanks for this, Ry!

    I love the idea of Gwen having a sister, I assume she’d be a typically bratty and danger-prone cartoon younger sibling who’d maybe get a “training jewel” for season two and start tagging along and getting kidnapped a lot. ‘Cause that would be fun. And maybe bond with Cleo, though the series totally doesn’t need another unicorn bond when there are so many other cool animals we never get to see. She can bond with a baby peacock griffin! Then we’d get to see peacock griffins, which I can’t really imagine but they must be pretty.

    Alex sounds more badass than Fallon, and Fallon is already pretty cool.

    I feel like this script has more references to Kale being Gwen’s aunt than the show did– I knew they were related but it’s never really mentioned as a thing, as if that family bond might ever have any effect on things.

    Magic energy being compressed into jewels makes perfect sense to me. I always figured the jewels (and the Sailor Senshi’s pen thingies) sort of appeared from the heart of the land/planet that way.

    And someone totally needs to write fanfics of this. Or rewrite their favorite episodes with these slightly different characters.

    Also, who thought Dragonriders of Pern would make a good kids’ cartoon? O_o

    1. You’re quite welcome! It was a total pleasure to be able to read and share this. 🙂

      I never even thought about Cleo/Tara bonding! Though now that you say it, it seems so obvious. 🙂

      You’re tempting me even more to fic about in this AU now! Heh, we should farm out all the episodes of the first season to different people and have them rewritten using this cast!

      The Pern connection makes me think of Rachel Roberts as-yet unpublished series about dragon riders. The art snippet we’ve seen even looked like the Pern dragons!

      1. OMG I totally forgot that Rachel Roberts was going to do a dragon riders series (Sky Rider I think it was called). It would’ve given me an excuse to play Panzer Dragoon Saga and make so many references to it.

        I wonder if she’s still writing that, and that series about a teenage detective in Hollywood. The latter series would be an excuse to point out any errors regarding LA geography (hooray for growing up there!).

        … Eh, I’d just be happy if Avalon: Shadow Warrior and the movie finally came out, though.

        Enchanted Camelot AU fic would be pretty cool. I’d totes help out. Maybe make a site just for that ^_^

  4. In the Enchanted Camelot picture Amber doesn’t have her wings yet, and Midnight seems to be a panther instead of a unicorn. More evidence of the many incarnations the show went through.

    And boy, their fashion sense was so much better in that early incarnation!

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