By Bryan Smith on December 1, 2015 at 7:45pm
Posting on Indiegogo, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman (i.e. the guys who were behind "The Secret of N.I.M.H., "The Land Before Time," "An American Tail," "All Dogs Go to Heaven," and more) are using crowd funding for a "Dragon's Lair" movie.
The original "Dragon's Lair" was a video game in fact that appeared in arcades a lot time ago, which was notoriously hard despite it's simple button/control layout. Don Bluth and Gary Goldman want to bring the game, which looked like a movie to begin with, to the bring screen and make "Dragon's Lair: The Movie." This project will use crowd funding to help bring a pitch presentation to investors so they can encourage them to make full budgeted movie.
Here's the movie story synopsis, which seems to be a little different than the game:
Long ago in the kingdom of Winterholler, there lived a young prince, named DIRK. He was the joy and hope for the future of the entire realm, but did not grow up to become the king. The court wizard, MORDROC created a formidable dragon to destroy the royal family to establish himself as the supreme ruler of the land.
On the eve of Dirk's betrothal to the Princess DAPHNE, the dragon crashes through the roof of the palace killing the King and Queen and sinking the entire royal court into the mote. The royal children, DIRK and DAPHNE, are saved from a certain death by royal nurse, HILDE, who spirits them away to a secret cottage in "The Swamps of Despair."
HILDE, with magic of her own, protects the children from that traumatic night by clouding their memories. She knows that Mordroc will not rest until they are dead. A prophecy is rumored that when the boy reaches sixteen years of age, he will return, kill MORDROC, and take back the throne.
On his sixteenth birthday, Dirk learns the truth, but rejects the idea of becoming the King. He wants to be a Knight and vows to avenge his parents deaths. MORDROC discovers DIRK and DAPHNE'S whereabouts, and sends a bigger dragon after them. HILDE, arms DIRK with the Sword of Truth, and gives DAPHNE the Bow and Arrow of Virtue. Neither sword nor bow are magic. They must use their wits to fight their way to a happier day. The fate of the kingdom is at stake. MORDROC is what stands in the way of a happy ending.
Note that Daphne isn't in danger with this synopsis (or yet anyways). Perhaps Bluth and Goldman, along with the other team members, have new ideas for "Dragon's Lair" that involves Daphne in a more fleshed out role than the stereotypical damsel-in-distress? We'll see if/when the project gets lifted off the ground in the near future. The project to start the pitch presentation asks for $250,000, where an original Kickstarter run that has been since cancelled asked for $550,000.