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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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