Western Animation: Sky Dancers
Everyone remembers the dolls...but the TV show is worth a trip down memory lane too.
"If it is to be, it's up to me!"
was an animated cartoon series, based on a series of toys of the same name, featuring five students
studying at Dame Skyla's High Hope Dance Academy. Jade, Camille, Breeze, Angelica and Slam are called upon by Dame Skyla, who is secretly Queen of the Wingdom, to protect her territory from her evil brother-in-law, Skyclone, who terrorizes the kingdom of her deceased husband, Skyler, with his Horroricanes, Terrornadoes and a trio of imps named Mumbo, Jumbo, and Snarl in attempts to capture The Skyswirl Stone
A France-U.S. co-production between Gaumont Multimédia (now Xilam Animation), and Abrams / Gentile Entertainment (the original creators), the series was launched in 1996. A total of 28 episodes were produced. Apparently, the reason behind the show not getting anymore episode after that was the new E/I rules having just taken into effect, preventing its continuation.
- Ad Bumpers: At least two of them reference the show's general catchphrase:
"If it is to be, just wait and see."
"If it is to be, come back and see!"
- Big Bad: Skyclone.
- Broken Bird: Skyla used to be a happy-go-lucky girl who didn't involve herself in the Wingdoms's affairs. After Skyler's death, she took an active role as the Wingdom's ruler and became a strong, and sometimes stoic, monarch.
- Can Not Spit It Out: Neither Breeze nor Slam can just tell their love interests (Angelica and Jade respectively) how they really feel. Belligerent Sexual Tension results.
- Chaos Architecture: The Netherworld.
- Crusading Widow: Skyla.
- Dead Person Impersonation: One episode had Skyclone impersonate Skyler.
- Disposable Love Interest: Camille's love interest Gorp is never seen or mentioned again after the end of his episode, despite Camille's promise never to forget him.
- Distaff Counterpart: This show, and the toy line it was based off of, are a "Girl Counterpart" to Dragon Flyz and its toy line, Sky Dancers having actually been made first.
- Doppelgänger Attack/Me's a Crowd: Skyclone can clone himself and split into ten miniature hims.
- Elemental Powers: Breeze has control over wind, rain, and nature.
- Enemy Mine: "The Alliance" has Skyclone helping the heroes against evil winged gargoyles, who are eventually crushed by giant rocks.
- Enhanced on DVD: Some animation was improved on the DVDs, though it used all-new music and altered some lines.
- Five-Man Band
- Green-Eyed Monster: Angelica becomes one when high school reporter Caroline starts to flirt with Breeze. Villains Skyclone and Skyvia also count, as does Rudolph Fareev for an episode.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Skyler used a Death Spin against Skyclone, robbing the latter of his wings and banishing him to the Netherworld, but dying in the process. Or so Skyla thinks .
- The High Queen: Queen Skyla.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: When transformed, the Sky Dancers are the same size as the toys.
- Imagination-Based Superpower: Camille can make anything she imagines out of clouds, and imbue it with a life of its own.
- Invisibility: Jade's power.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Slam's competitive and brash nature and tendency to trend towards rather unsportsmanlike behavior often makes him come off as this.
- Jerk Jock: Though he has nothing on Brandon, who exemplifies all of Slam's negative traits with none of his positive ones.
- Jumped at the Call: The five teenagers have very few questions about being shrunk down and thrust into a different dimension where flying is basically required.
- Large Ham: Skyclone.
- Mad Scientist: The Tinker. He is also a Mad Inventor.
- Magical Native American: While on Earth, not so much, but while Breeze is in the Wingdom, his Sky Dancer costume and power-set are very much evocative of this.
- Merchandise-Driven: The show was created to sell the toys.
- Missing Mom: Jade's mother was absent for several years due to leaving Jade and her father to pursue her ballet career.
- My Little Panzer: The Sky Dancer toys are basically flying, spinning, helicopter-dolls that leave their base at high speed when a string is pulled. Guess what happens when they hit people.note
- Posthumous Character: Skyler's death is shown in the first episode via flashback Averted, because he is MIA but not really dead.
- Power Floats: Skyclone, as opposed to straight-up flying.
- Replaced the Theme Tune: The cartoon had a different opening and entirely new background music when it was released in volumes on DVD. All in all, there have been three different theme songs.
- Revenge by Proxy: Skyclone cannot get revenge for Skyler taking his right of flight away, so he decides to take his anger out on the Wingdom and on his sister-in-law.
- Rhymes on a Dime: You can count on one hand the number of the Tinker's lines that don't rhyme. The Sky Dancers also fall victim to it from time to time.
- Shapeshifting: Gorp, a one-episode villain.
- Sibling Rivalry: Skyclone, the king's eldest son, attempts to kill his younger brother Skyler who was named the Wingdom's king.
- Spear Counterpart: Dragon Flyz took the same concept as the Sky Dancers toys and turned them into an action figure line (and cartoon) marketed to boys.
- Stripperiffic: Of the 5 kids' "stage show costume"-like Sky Dancer outfits, the girls' are all around pretty tame and tasteful, while still being fascinating and imaginative. Rather, it's the two boys' outfits that seem to trend toward this, what with both of them emphasizing their muscular physiques, Slam's half-shirt thing going on, and Breeze's showing more skin than any of the girls.
- Super Strength: Slam, sometimes to the point of him not knowing his own strength.
- Taken for Granite: One episode has Skyclone turning the citizens of the Wingdom into statues with a poisoned lemonade.
- Taking You with Me: Skyler tried to do this with Skyclone, but it ended up taking away Skyclone's wings and trapping Skyler in another dimension.
- Terrible Trio: The imps.
- Theme Tune Roll Call
- The Mourning After: Skyla still mourns for her lost husband Skyler, and this tragic romance plays a pivotal part in many of the episodes.
- The Rival: Skyvia sees Skyla as this, though Skyla just wants to make peace with her.
- Time Master: Angelica.
- The Mentor: Queen Skyla is this to the Sky Dancers.
- The Spock: Jade. Slam even lampshades her as this trope.
- Two Girls to a Team: Inverted and Gender Flipped.
- Villain Team-Up: Skyclone and Gorp the shapeshifter team up in one episode, before The Power of Love breaks them up.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Angelica can stop time, Breeze can create wind, Slam can control gravity, Jade can turn invisible...and Camille can make shapes out of clouds. That disappear after awhile.
- Winged Humanoid: The Sky Dancers, and other winged beings in the Wingdom.
- You Meddling Kids: Skyclone uses a variation of this "insult" at least once.
- You Monster!: Skyla calls out Skyclone for using the anniversary of Skyler's death to trap her. Sadly, the comment was taken as a compliment.