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The movie based on the arcade classic “Dragon’s Lair” is dropping its Kickstarter campaign and moving to a different crowdfunding site, Indiegogo.
Animation veterans Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, creators of “Dragon’s Lair” and movies including “The Land Before Time,” “All Dogs Go To Heaven,” “An American Tail,” and “The Secret of Nimh,” announced the move to Indiegogo, which launched today.
The original Kickstarter, launched in October, asked for $550,000, which would be used to make a 10-minute teaser to pitch the movie to studios. At the time of cancellation, nearly 3,000 had raised more than $240,000. The new campaign looks to raise $250,000 to fund the sizzle reel.
“Dragon’s Lair” was released in arcades in the 1980s and became beloved–and despised–for its full-motion cartoon animation and difficult gameplay.
Both Bluth and Goldman said last month that out of all the animated films they have made, it’s “Dragon »
- Jacob Bryant
For those of us that haunted the Arcade Rooms of the 1980’s there was one particular arcade machine that stood-out amongst the rest due to it unbelievable animation and graphics, that game was Dragon’s Lair by the great animator Don Bluth. Unlike a normal arcade machine which relied computer generated images, Dragon’s Lair was the first game to incorporate a Laser Disc to hold pure hand-painted animation. Adored by everyone that played it and brought back on numerous formats across the ages it has never however been become a fully fledge movie, that is until – hopefully – now.
Both Don Bluth and Gary Goldman have reunited – on Kickstarter – and have set the goal of $550,000 to create a short animated film, to give the world a small taste of what they could give us if they had access to a feature-film budget. They’ll be taking this short on the »
The budget for a modern animated movie starts in the neighborhood of $75 million, so the crowdfunding campaign for a movie version of video arcade game Dragon's Lair is not intended to raise that kind of money. No, the intention here is to create a pitch video first in order to secure funding for the complete movie, which would revolve around a knight seeking to rescue a princess. Filmmakers Don Bluth and Gary Goldman enjoyed good success in the 1980s and 1990s (The Secret of Nimh, An American Tail, All Dogs Go to Heaven) but before the former Disney animators got their movies going, they created Dragon's Lair, which become available in arcades in 1983. As an occasional player, I can testify that it looked...
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Dragons Lair movie: Kickstarter campaign shows promise of a potential future film, based on the 1983 video game. A Dragons Lair movie is potentially on the way if a Kickstarter campaign is successful
A Kickstarter campaign for a Dragons Lair movie has just been launched by the legendary animation guru Don Bluth. He and fellow animation legend Gary Goldman are collaborating on a sequel to the 1983 video game, owned by Digital Leisure, and are seeking $550,000 on the crowd-funding website to start their project.
Don Bluth and Gary Goldman are coming together once again to bring the classic arcade game Dragon’s Lair to the big screen. We are seeking your help to create a pitch to make Dragon’s Lair, the Movie through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. Dragon’s Lair continues to be loved by millions around the world since 1983, and fans have been waiting patiently to see Dirk and Daphne at it again. »
- Paul Heath
The title was one of the first games to blend the lines between movies and games, introducing quick-time events before the term had even been coined.
For many fans though, it felt like it would have worked better as a movie, and if it reaches its $550,000 Kickstarter goal, we could finally see if that's the case.
Obviously this modest target is nowhere near enough to make a fully animated movie, with the best animated films costing anywhere from $55 million to $240 million to produce - and that's without taking marketing costs into account.
Following the success of his galvanizingly uncomfortable 2012 film Compliance, director Craig Zobel teases his way into genre with subtle sci-fi in Z for Zachariah, based on the novel from Robert C. O’Brien, author of the text that provided the basis for the children’s classic The Secret of Nimh (1982). Zobel’s third film, his meditative take on an oft explored scenario is an intriguing change of pace, and along with screenwriter Nissar Modi, the film retains a low-key, vintage flavor that belies the origins of the source material. Racial identity and issues of science vs. faith break the peaceful lulls of three individuals warped into the death throes of a dying species, but despite the allegorical possibilities, Zobel prefers a slow burn of tenuous desire to simmer into a sometimes underwhelming broth. And yet, it’s exactly the type »
- Nicholas Bell
Walking along Ventry beach in south west island, it's easy to see how a filmmaker might be inspired by the spectacular landscape: the rolling hills and craggy rocks, the overwhelming air of tranquillity. But the inspiration for animator Tomm Moore's new film, the Oscar-nominated Song Of The Sea, was inspired by a less than tranquil experience.
About a decade ago, Moore was staying on holiday in the nearby town of Dingle, and visited Ventry beach with his 10-year-old son. To their horror, they found the beach littered with the bodies of dead grey seals. Reports at the time suggested that local fishermen, who blamed the seals for dwindling fish stocks, were responsible for the cull.
"I was talking to a local lady, and we were disturbed by »
Based on the novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Robbie is Ann, a young woman who has been surviving in a hidden valley, miraculously untouched by apocalypse-causing radiation that has wiped out most of civilization. Her world is changed when a scientist named Loomis (Chiwetel Ejiofor) wanders into her miraculous utopia, shattering her assumed status as the last person on earth. After a fragile trust is established between the two, mysterious stranger Caleb (Chris Pine) enters the picture, setting up not just an imbalance of power, but a survivor love triangle.
The movie bowed to much hype at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and had us buzzing, even landing on our list of the top 10 films to come out of the 2015 festival. The »
- Rachel West
We previously told you which new films and TV shows are coming to Netflix streaming next month, but now it’s time for the bad news: what’s leaving. Quite a few titles are due to expire next month, including Skyfall, The Brothers Bloom, Valkyrie, RoboCop, Life Is Beautiful, BASEketball, the underrated Along Came Polly and more. And if you’ve been putting off watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, time to get crackin’. Here’s a full list of titles that are leaving Netflix next month, via THR: Expiring May 1 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue (2012) 6 Bullets (2012) A Knight's Tale (2001) Airplane! (1980) Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) All I Want for Christmas (1991) Along Came Polly (2004) An American Haunting (2006) Baby Genius: The Four Seasons Baby Genius: Underwater Adventures BASEketball (1998) Bitter Moon (1992) Boys Don't Cry (1999) Bratz: Babyz: The Movie (2005) Call Me Claus (2001) Call Me Crazy: A Five Film (2013) Cecil B. »
- Adam Chitwood
Want to watch that amazing train chase sequence from "Skyfall" one more time? Get to streaming the 2012 James Bond film before May 5, because it's one of the many films leaving Netflix's queue. How about the original "RoboCop"? You have until May 1 to comply, er, stream it. And if you want to catch up on Audrey Hepburn classics "Funny Face" and "Sabrina," those will also be leaving soon, as well as "Romancing the Stone" and its sequel, "The Jewel of the Nile."
Here's a complete list of the movies that Netflix is pulling from your streaming list. And, just so you're not left empty-handed, here's a list of what's new on Netflix in May 2015. (All titles and dates provided by Netflix and subject to change.)
Leaving May 1
"6 Bullets" (2012)
"12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue" (2012)
"A Knight's Tale" (2001)
"The Accused" (1988)
"Airplane II: The Sequel" (1982)
"All I Want for Christmas" (1991)
- Sharon Knolle
MGM, who released 1982's 'The Secret of Nimh,' has again optioned the children's book "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh" for a new live-action franchise featuring computer-animated characters.
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- Christopher Campbell
Robert C. O’Brien’s award-winning children’s novel Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of Nimh, which previously birthed two animated adaptations, has found new life at MGM, which just acquired rights and set Ice Age 5 scribe Michael Berg to write the screenplay.
This new take on the property, to be rendered as a live-action/CGI hybrid, will be an origin story centering a trapped lab rat who befriends a comical crew of lab rats as human experimentation turns them hyper-intelligent. If they can escape the lab and outwit their human pursuers, these vermin will become the great minds of their species..
O’Brien’s Newbery Award-winning, original novel had two sequels penned by his daughter Jane Leslie Conly, titled Rasco and the Rats of Nimh and R-t, Margaret, and the Rats of Nimh, so the groundwork for a series has already been laid. It’s assumed that MGM will take »
- Isaac Feldberg
MGM has acquired the screen rights to Robert C. O'Brien children's book "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh".
Michael Berg ("Ice Age 5") is attached to pen the screenplay for this adaptation which will be a combination of live-action and CG animation ala "The Smurfs," along with being the first of a potential franchise.
The film will be something of a prequel to the original story and follows an imperiled mouse who befriends a comical crew of lab rats as they turn hyper-intelligent. They escape a secret laboratory and become the great minds of vermin civilization, forced to outwit the humans hot on their tails.
Source: IGN »
- Garth Franklin
Throughout the 1980's, in an era where even Disney films skewed a little bit darker, Don Bluth was the king of animated epics that gave his former employer a run for their money. The film that started it all, and arguably one of his most successful films period, was the 1982 classic The Secret of Nimh. And now, in line with MGM's recent business strategy of rebooting their most classic franchises, the mouse-driven fantasy epic is about to get an overhaul. Deadline broke the scoop that MGM had recently re-acquired the rights to the hit, as it was previously set up to be developed at Paramount. This would make the second franchise that MGM has scored away from the studio, the first being the brand new reboot of the Tomb Raider saga. In case you need a little bit of a refresher, you can start with the original 1982 trailer for The »
The children’s book Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh has been adapted to film once before. When Don Bluth and his compatriots broke away from Disney to form their own animation studio in the late ’70s their first feature effort was The Secret of Nimh, which adapted the book. (And did so pretty liberally […]
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- Russ Fischer
MGM has acquired the rights to Robert C. O'Brien's children's novel Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of Nimh for a live action/CGI animation hybrid adaptation. Michael Berg (Ice Age 5) has been hired to write the screenplay, which will focus on an origin story involving an "imperiled mouse protagonist" who befriends a group of lab rats as they become "hyper-intelligent." The story will follow these rats as they escape a secret laboratory and become great minds in their civilization, as they try to outwit the humans who have been chasing them.
The novel, which was first published in 1971 and won the Newberry Medal a year later, was adapted into the 1982 animated feature The Secret of Nimh, with a voice cast that included Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Shannen Doherty and Wil Wheaton. The animated adaptation spawned the 1998 sequel The Secret of Nimh 2: Timmy to the Rescue. MGM hopes to start »
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