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Friday, September 30, 2011

Dragon's Lair: The Complete Series DVD Review

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Dragon's Lair: The Complete Series DVD Review

Synopsis: The legendary videogame Dragon’s Lair was a blockbuster (and quarter guzzling) sensation when it first debuted, spawning sequels, imitators, and a beloved Saturday morning cartoon series. Developed by the powerhouse animation crew put together by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, the Dragon’s Lair cartoon made many contributions to the Dragon’s Lair saga, from naming the Dragon “Singe” to rounding out the cast with such memorable supporting players as Bertram the horse (voiced by animation legend Peter Cullen) and Timothy the squire (voiced by Michael Mish). Mimicking the action of a videogame, Dragon’s Lair pauses the action and asks the audience which action Dirk should take next in his never-ending quest to protect the kingdom of King Ethelred and his beloved Princess Daphne. But enough talk! Dirk the Daring faces doom throughout this 13 episode, 2-disc set and he needs YOU to help him decide what to do next!

Review: Dragon's Lair was a very popular video game back in the 1980s.  I used to play this on the original Nintendo back in the day and it was a fantastic game.  The cartoon spawned from the game and sported a nearly identical animation.  The show even played out like the game, which was an absolute blast.  Although it was short lived, only 13 episodes in all, it was a really well done and fun show.  This Ruby-Spears classic is available for the first time on DVD through the Warner Archive on only.  This cannot be found in-stores!  This one was overshadowed by other video game cartoons like Captain N and Mario Bros./Zelda, but it was a great show and definately deserves some due attention!

Interest Range: Vintage Animation