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It's probably impossible to overstate the sensation that was Dragon's Lair, the 1983 video game that combined classic animation with laser disk technology to create a "choose-your-own-ending"-type arcade game. Using animation by The Secret of Nimh's Don Bluth, Dragon's Lair told the story of Dirk the Daring's rescue of the Princess Daphne from a dragon and the castle of an evil wizard. It was one of the first video games to cost fifty cents rather than a quarter -- but people willingly lined up to play regardless, because it was so completely different from anything that had come before. Now Digital Leisure is releasing an iPhone app version of the game before the end of the year. No word on whether or not Bluth is involved with this project, although he was part of the team that released Banjo the Woodpile Cat, "the first animated feature movie game," earlier this year. »
Neil Burger, who wrote The Illusionist and is currently working on The Bride of Frankenstein for Universal, may next turn his attention to The Secret of Nimh, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rodents being all the rage in Hollywood at the moment (G Force, and, er, Alvin and the Chipmunks), Nimh (it stands for National Institute of Mental Health, you know), a story of super-intelligent lab rats on the run from human exterminators, has the potential to be a great animated family adventure. Although, of course, it already was one in 1982.But the source novel, Robert C O'Brien's Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, is a perennial children's bestseller, and is ripe for the re-adapting. Don Bluth's film wasn't entirely faithful to the book, adding a bit of mysticism and changing Mrs Frisby's name to Brisby, in fear of being sued by the makers of the flying plastic discs. »
27 July 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Paramount smells a rat.
As rodents prove surprisingly likable on the big screen, the studio is developing a feature version of the award-winning children's tale "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH."
Robert C. O'Brien's "Rats of Nimh" won the Newbery Medal in 1972 and has been a staple in children's bookstores and libraries since. The story centers on a mouse -- the titular Mrs. Frisby, re-named Mrs. Brisby in the MGM movie -- faced with a crisis when her son falls ill and she must move her family to escape a farmer's plow.
Mrs. Frisby enlists a group of former lab rats, »
- By Steven Zeitchik and Jay A. Fernandez
There is something insanely romantic about a movie on a city rooftop. And I’m not just talking taking a hold of your girl’s hand. It’s the night air, the hint nostalgia for drive-in movies, and hopefully stars in the sky as well as the screen.
Here is Portland’s schedule thanks to the Northwest Film Center …
The Northwest Film Center presents: Top Down: Rooftop Films July 16-August 27 This summer the Northwest Film Center’s Top Down rooftop cinema event is back for a fifth season. Warm starry nights in downtown Portland are filled with entertaining films, culinary treats, live music and spectacular city views, all atop the panoramic parking rooftop at the Hotel deLuxe (Sw 15th at Yamhill). The evenings begin at 8pm with local music and refreshments. Gracie’s Restaurant will offer easy-to-juggle meals, snacks and cocktails, and additional beverages will be available from Tazo and BridgePort Brewing. »
- Jeff Bayer
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