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A valiant knight, Dirk the Daring is on a quest to rescue the fair princess from the clutches of an evil dragon.

Director:

Don Bluth

Writer:

Rick Dyer (concept)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dan Molina Dan Molina ... Dirk the Daring (voice)
Vera Pacheco Vera Pacheco ... Princess Daphne (voice) (as Vera Lanpher)
Michael Rye Michael Rye ... Narrator (voice)
Dave Spafford Dave Spafford ... Lizard King (voice)
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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doragonzurea See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although the audio was recorded in mono, 'Dragon's Lair' was the first video game with stereo sound. In the arcades, the sound effects from user input would alternate speakers. See more »

Goofs

When Dirk chases the floating pot of gold with his sword attached to it, you can see his holster still has a sword in it. See more »

Quotes

Princess Daphne: Please save me. The cage is locked, with a key. The dragon keeps it around his neck. To slay the dragon, use the magic sword.
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Alternate Versions

A version was released on home CD-based consoles (ie Sega CD, 3DO) that included an extra scene/stage. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005) See more »

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Credit where credit is due
25 January 2006 | by DruffSee 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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