Dragon's Lair - Animation of Dirk Swinging to Ropes.
Bluth, Don--1937 -
Dragon's Lair, originally released in 1983, was a video game created for laserdisc. It featured Dirk the Daring on a quest to rescue Princess Daphne from the evil dragon Singe, who had locked her in a wizard's castle. The game was developed by Rick Dyer of Advanced Microcomputer Systems. He had created storyboards to map out the game play, but realized quality animation was needed to complete the project and brought the plans to Don Bluth and his new studio. The budget was so small that the studio animators used their own voices instead of voice actors and each other as models. Princess Daphne was based on Playboy Magazine photos and Marilyn Monroe’s face. The game was an immediate success, but the laserdisc format was not long-lived due to the high cost of production.
If the player was not quick enough Dirk would fall down a deep chasm, one of the many ways to die in Dragon's Lair.
Animation drawings of Dirk, presented as an MOV animated clip and also as a PDF of individual drawings. This will help the viewer understand how the action appeared in the scene and allows examination frame by frame of how the animation was executed. This animated clip approximates the animator’s original intent and is meant for purposes of demonstration, only.
Sequence 001, Scene C1, Drawings 1 through 45
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Original materials house in box DL 12-1
10 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches
Pencil on paper
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