Famed animators Don Bluth and Gary Goldman have turned to Kickstarter to fund a pitch-video for a full-length, traditionally-animated feature film based on the classic ’80s video game Dragon’s Lair. The campaign seeks to raise $550,000, and will last until November 25.
Long-requested by fans, a Dragon’s Lair movie always seemed like a natural evolution of the hit FMV arcade game. Originally released in 1983, Dragon’s Lair featured hand-animated full-motion video running on cutting edge Laserdisc technology. The game followed brave knight Dirk the Daring in his quest to rescue his beloved Princess Daphne from Singe the Dragon. While the game has been criticized for having little actual interactivity, essentially being the original “QTE: The Game,” it dazzled players with “graphics” that far surpassed any other video game of the era.
Dragon’s Lair was followed up with two sequels, Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp in 1991, and Dragon’s Lair 3D: Return to the Lair in 2002. There was also a short-lived animated TV series in 1984, although Bluth and Goldman had no involvement with it.
As filmmakers, Bluth and Goldman have worked on several animated movies such as The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, and The Land Before Time. Dragon’s Lair: The Movie would be their first animated film since 2000’s Titan A.E.
If successful, money from the Kickstarter will fund a 10-minute teaser video that will be used for seeking further investment. It’s estimated the full-length film will require a budget of approximately $70 million.
For more info, visit the official Kickstarter campaign.