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Don Bluth and Gary Goldman may well have got another movie off the ground, with the news that their Indiegogo appeal to bring videogame Dragon's Lair to the big screen has hit its funding target. That said, it's still the first step in a fairly lengthy adventure.
The crowdfunding appeal launched just over two weeks ago, and still has over a month left. However, over $260,000 is in the pot already, and that's going to be spent to put together a teaser presentation. Said presentation will then be used to pitch the film to investors, as the pair need $70m to actually get the film made. Which is a little beyond the reach of a crowdfunding campaign.
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.
Hoping to fetch some viewers who are sitting and staying on their couches this summer, Discovery Family has announced plans for Pawgust, a month-long event of animal-themed series, specials and movies.
The programming will be hosted by noted animal lover, Betty White. She and her friends — including, fittingly, a golden retriever named Auggie — will be featured in various promos airing throughout the month of August.
“August traditionally finds the country embroiled in the Dog Days of Summer, so we’re bringing the pawsitively best in programming about pets—and of course, man’s best friend — to help audiences beat the heat,” said Tom Cosgrove, general manager, Discovery Family Channel. “With her devoted advocacy and genuine affection for creatures of all kinds, Betty White is truly the best friend an animal can have — and the perfect person to host Pawgust.”
The programming is anchored by the premiere of “From Wags to Riches With Bill Berloni, »
- Whitney Friedlander
7 items from 2015