Dragon's Lair (1983)

Video Game  -  Animation | Adventure | Comedy  -  19 June 1983 (USA)
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The first laserdisc game and the first to use regular cell animation for the graphics. In this game, you play Dirk the Daring, a knight who must rescue a princess by exploring a castle ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dan Molina ...
Dirk the Daring (voice)
Vera Pacheco ...
Princess Daphne (voice) (as Vera Lanpher)
Michael Rye ...
Narrator (voice)
Dave Spafford ...
Lizard King (voice)
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The first laserdisc game and the first to use regular cell animation for the graphics. In this game, you play Dirk the Daring, a knight who must rescue a princess by exploring a castle filled with deadly dangers which require quick wits and precise timing to overcome. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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castle | rescue | princess | knight | danger | See more »

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19 June 1983 (USA)  »

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$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Director Don Bluth would regularly view the in progress animation on it's original film format while editing on both a one inch display and in a full sized movie theater screen. Because of that, he was always disappointed with the picture quality of the subsequent versions of the game because the quality was never as good as it's film version until the HD version was made. See more »

Goofs

The background changes in the room with the "drink me" sign. If the player dies in the "drink me" room, the sign in the background of the room no longer says "drink me", it says "eat me" and there's a loaf of bread with a knife in it instead of the potion. See more »

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Dirk the Daring: [the floor is coming out from under Dirk] Uh oh.
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Credit where credit is due
25 January 2006 | by (earth) – See all my reviews

I see that Don Bluth is credited with directing Dragon's Lair, but the person who actually came up with the idea for the game gets no credit here. The man who was really behind Dragon's Lair was Rick Dyer. In the 70s he created a prototype for a game which used hand drawn artwork and text on an adding machine ribbon (rather than animation and sound on a laser disk.) The user would hit certain keys to make choices, and the machine would automatically roll the ribbon to the next appropriate scene. It was Dyer who pitched the idea for Dragon's Lair to several animation companies, and it happened to be Don Bluth's company who agreed to animate the game. While Don Bluth's animation in Dragon's Lair is excellent, he doesn't deserve the credit for creating the game itself.


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