If you think back to the early ’80s, you may remember a popular arcade game by the name of “Dragon’s Lair.” In 1983, Cinematronics published “Dragon’s Lair” and overcame the limitations of the era by utilizing the vast storage potential of the LaserDisc. Due to the game’s staggering popularity, fans wondered why there was not an animated film based on it and have been requesting to see it featured on the big screen.
During the month of December 2015, Gary Goldman, Lavalle Lee, and the creators of “Dragon’s Lair,” Rick Dyer and Don Bluth, turned to Indiegogo for help to create a movie based on the game. Gary Goldman and Don Bluth, highly acclaimed artists and writers, are famed for their work on iconic films, such as “The Secret of Nimh,” “An American Tail,” “The Land Before Time,” “Anastasia,” “All Dogs Go to Heaven,” and “Thumbelina.” Their loyal fan base has expanded with each generation; however, the most internationally recognized project that these legends have collaborated on is undoubtedly the “Dragon’s Lair” arcade game.
“Dragon’s Lair” is about Dirk the Daring, a brave knight who is trying to save Princess Daphne from the clutches of Singe, the evil dragon, by overcoming the obstacles and challenges that the castle has to offer. This game was unlike any other game at the time and defied all limitations of that era’s standard hardware. Most other games characterized a sprite with a series of pixels; however, “Dragon’s Lair” features fully-animated segments, which were hand-drawn by professional animators. As a result of the game’s success, it has sparked numerous sequels, dozens of gaming platforms, and related games, as well as inspired a new style of gaming.
When the Indiegogo campaign to bring “Dragon’s Lair” to the big screen launched, Gary Goldman and Don Bluth announced the variety of perks available for participants who donated specific amounts of money. Perks include exclusive copies of books, magazines, postcards, film updates, signed prints, original drawings, apparel, and even live mentoring with Don Bluth himself.
As of Dec 26, 2015, the campaign has succeeded in reaching the initial goal of $250,000 and has accumulated over $350,000 in donations. The contributions made on the Indiegogo campaign will be spent to produce a four to six-minute video presentation in order to acquire the appropriate funding to create the full-length movie. The “Pitch Presentations,” as they call it, will include outline storyboarding and a full minute of hand-drawn animation in full color. Don Bluth and Gary Goldman are committed to seeing Dragon’s Lair: The Movie become a reality and are willing to share the experience of this harrowing endeavor with its loyal fans. The creators of ‘Dragon’s Lair’ are extremely dedicated to revive hand-drawn animation with the creation of this film.
If you are interested in supporting this campaign, please visit their Indiegogo page for more information.