Saturday, November 24, 2007

DragonLance Movie!

I read the original Dragonlance trilogy years ago (the series is 20 years old!) - and I've been hearing about a possible movie adaptation since then. Now it's happening. In fact, the DVD is supposed to be out this month (so... next Tuesday).

The original authors of the trilogy, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, were deeply involved in the production of this movie (an adaptation of the first book in the trilogy). There are some great actors doing the voices (Keifer Sutherland, Lucy Lawless, Jason Marsden).

The animation style (a mix of 2D traditional cel animation and 3D CG) looks a little dated to me - in fact, it looks like the old Dungeons & Dragon cartoon! The authors said they chose this style because in the tests a straight 3D film just didn't look right, and they wanted the battles and dragons to stand out so they used 3D for those. The authors also said they wanted the animation to feel like a fantasy movie and reflect the period when the books came out. In my opinion, based on the trailer, they've accomplished that. The animation looks like it came from the 80's and resembles other animated fantasy movies.

If you're a fan of Dragonlance, be sure to buy this movie on DVD. If you've wondered what Dragonlance is about, this will be a good introduction for you!

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