Moondance is one of the main characters in Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders, voiced by Barbara Jean Kearney and by Jean Louisa Kelly. She is a mighty unicorn closely bonded through the Moon Stone with her rider and best friend Fallon.
Built for speed, Moondance is a thoroughbred princess of unicorns, daughter of Queen Sierra, always ready for exploring. The magical unicorn is very gentle and brings but these same qualities in her Jewel Rider partner Fallon, who often has a tough exterior. The two form a formidable pair and are practically inseparable.
In the show Edit
Besides Tamara and Princess Gwenevere, Fallon has another best friend, the mighty unicorn, Moondance, built for speed, aerodynamic, sleeks. They are more at home wandering the Great Forests than being cooped up in the Crystal Palace. Moondance has an aerodynamic saddle special and riding gear to increase speed. With her head and beautiful swirled horn lowered, she looks like a bullet, eating up the kilometers and practically flying through the woods.
Moondance is the princess of the unicorns and next in line to assume the position as queen, after her mother Queen Sierra. She has a unique color-swirl horn that sets her apart from the other unicorns. Her horn glows with power when Fallon's Moon Stone is activated.
Moondance pushes herself especially hard for Fallon because the unicorn knows Fallon must work particularly hard to show the Pack she is as competent as they to ride in the service of the Crystal Palace. Fallon gives the appearance of being very tough on the outside but Moondance brings out of her a loving, sensitive, responsible, and capable girl.
The two talk to one another all the time. Moondance understands the pressure that Fallon is under being the first girl to be accepted to run with the Pack. But Moondance is very patient and considerate of Fallon and loves her unconditionally.
Behind the scenes Edit
Moondance was voiced by Barbara Jean Kearney in the first season and by Jean Louisa Kelly in the second. She has been originally named Midnight and Moonglow and also Moondancer in the various early versions of the show (sometimes even written as just "Moonthing").
The character that eventually became Moondance was originally conceived as a lion and then as a horse. Art director Greg Autore said: "One of the images shows the original set of animals that were part of the first concept testing from Enchanted Camelot which became the Princess Gwenevere and Jewel Riders animated TV series. This is a purple lion in keeping with Fallon's color scheme in the show. So, about now you are thinking 'What lion? Fallon rides a blue unicorn!' Well, orginally she did not. Each of the characters had a different animal to ride. But after early concept testing it was decided to go with the unicorn for the girls and make Gwen’s unicorn into a pegasus since girls like horses more. (...) It was eventually decided that giving Fallon a horse was not magical enough so Fallon's horse became a unicorn and Gwen’s horse became a flying unicorn."