Dragons Lair

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Don Bluth launches Dragon's Lair movie Kickstarter

Don Bluth launches Dragon's Lair movie Kickstarter

Needs $550k to make a pitch video for a $70m film.

Legendary animator Don Bluth (The Secret of NIMH, An American Tale, Anastasia) and his long-term collaborator and Gary Goldman (All Dogs to to Heaven, Titan A.E.) have launched a Kickstarter campaign for a feature film based on their 1983 cult classic video game Dragon's Lair.

Dragon's Lair is often credited as being the game that introduced quick-time events (though that term wasn't coined until Shenmue in 1999). Originally released on LaserDisc and arcades, Dragon's Lair offered limited character interaction, but remained a known quantity for its high production values and experimental merging of a movie and a game. It starred a knight named Dirk the Daring as he stormed the evil wizard Mordroc's castle to rescue Princess Daphne from the fierce dragon Singe.

A hand-drawn animated Dragon's Lair movie would cost a fortune to produce. "These films, traditional hand-drawn or computer generated can cost anywhere from $55m to $240m, some even more - just on the production," the filmmakers explained on the Kickstarter page. "Promoting an animated film could cost an additional $100m to market the film worldwide."

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Dragon's Lair XBLA release date revealed

Dragon's Lair launches on Xbox Live Arcade on 18th May, Microsoft has confirmed.

Dragon's Lair on XBLA features Kinect support, handled by developer Digital Leisure. There's offline co-op for up to two players, and online leaderboards.

Dragon's Lair was a cult classic laserdisc adventure game published by Cinematronics in 1983. Microsoft describes the port as a "fully arcade authentic". It includes bonus Avatar items, Gamerpics and a full watch feature, which lets you simply watch by ex-Disney animator Don Bluth's animation.

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