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The Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon Finally Gets an Ending (in a Car Ad)

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As Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame have proven, it's difficult to bring long-running stories in fan-favorite franchises to satisfying conclusion. However, Dungeons & Dragons, the animated series based on the iconic role-playing game, never got a proper ending at all..

Dungeons & Dragons, which was produced by TSR, Marvel Productions and Toei Animation, ran for 27 episodes over three seasons from 1983 to 1985. It followed six young friends who were sent to in "the realm of Dungeons & Dragons" and used their magical items and abilities to try to find a way back to Earth. While the series was popular and relatively mature for the time, it was canceled before the kids ever traveled home.

Over 30 years after their journey began, the Dungeons & Dragons cast finally returned home in a new live-action Brazilian car commercial from French automaker Renault.

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As SyFy Wire notes, Dungeons & Dragons is still remarkably popular in Brazil, where characters like Hank the Ranger, Presto the Magician and Diana the Acrobat are still well-known.

The Portugese-language short shows the kids battling the evil wizard Venger and his five-headed pet dragon Tiamat. However, their mentor and benefactor, the Dungeon Master, pulls up in a Kwid Outsider, which then transports the kids and their pet unicorn Uni back to Earth.

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While an unfinished episode of the series was included on a DVD set as an extra, that radio play didn't have the same production value or special effects budget that this commercial did.

While it's not clear if the Dungeons & Dragons crew will continue to play a role in Renault's advertising campaign, the automaker also released posters and a behind-the-scenes featurette, in Portugese, about the commercial.

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