Dragonlance - Dragons Of The Autumn Twilight
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The animation is about on par with late 80s/early 90s Marvel Saturday morning stuff and at times, the original D&D cartoon. It does not work well for the story being told, IMO.
The movie is PG-13, likely due to some of the violence/blood which is not always at the same level for every fight scene. One fight they show people that were impaled on stakes, people being cooked by fire breathing dragons and blood when creatures are killed. Another fight there's no blood and the creatures are kind of just conked around.
Another thing is the too many seconds spent on Tika's bouncy lady lumps. I get that Caremon is checking her out but it just doesn't work, it feels wrong. Maybe I'm too stuck relating the animation to the cartoons of my youth, where this would be way out of place.
And then there are the dragons and draconians which are all done in CGI. I don't know if you've ever seen CGI characters and traditionally animated characters intergrated in the same scene successfully, but here they aren't. It looks like a bad special effect from a live action movie. The CGI is of the kind you'd find in a Hot Wheels commercial.
The voice acting is not too bad. At first I didn't like Keifer Sutherland as Raistlin, but it grew on me as it went on. He really gets the right attitude down.
For 'extras' you get some character designs and a preliminary animation test. Oh, and some trailers!
If you're familiar with the story and you like it, I'd say rent it...and even then get it from Redbox for $1.Read more ›
Putting aside the fact, major points of the book are removed, edited, and such, as with most book to movie translations. That in reality this should be two movies and not one, just to do the story justice. This is a review on the actual product that was released.
1. The animation is inconsistent, you will see nicely rendered 3D effects and scenes, and you will see lazy standard animation. When I say lazy, I am talking poor quality. And there is clumsy bouncing from scene to scene.
2. For a large number of the 2D animations, to me it seemed like a pane was out of focus. In my opinion the product never should have been ok'd to release, and the editor should be fired for his or her poor job in quality assurance of the animation process.
3. The story is on fast forward, like I said before, this should have been broken into two movies, 90 minutes does not do the story justice.
4. The voice acting is well done and is a positive aspect of the movie, at first I was not too wild over Kiefer Sutherland's voice of Raistlin, however he did grow on me, and he did a great job. As well as the other cast members.
If you are a fan of the series, rent it before you buy it, and see if this is something you want in your collection. I am more disappointed in the quality that Paramount Pictures released.
Dragons of Autumn Twilight was and remains a first in so many ways: it was the first novel together for Margaret and me, it was the first attempt at doing a classic fantasy story for a game setting, and the first book publication for TSR. Looking back on it now, after twenty years of polishing our writing, that first book looks rough and imperfect ... but it was the first step down a road that lead us to great wonders. Flawed as it appears now ... it is deservedly beloved.
Since before the publication of Dragons of Autumn Twilight, we have seen Dragonlance in cinematic terms. We wrote the books visualizing them as movies and dreamed that one day, our visions would be realized on film.
Now, thanks to Paramount Pictures and Epic Entertainment, that dream has been realized and with it, we take our first step down the new road of Dragonlance films.
Recently, Paramount sent to Margaret and me a copy of the film on DVD so that we could preview the final cut. It is quite a thrill watching our characters come to life and hearing the familiar story begin anew. Michael Rosenbaum and Fred Tataciore bring life to the opening scene on their way to meet their friends in Solace. The voice casting in this film is phenomenal. Lucy Lawless gives Goldmoon wonderful depth and even newcomer Caroline Gelbert brings a freshness to Laurana that is breathtaking. The heart of Dragonlance has always been its characters, and the movie shines especially in two of the stories most intriguing personalities, Tasslehoff and Raistlin ... each brought vividly alive by the incredible talents of Jason Marsden and Keiffer Sutherland.Read more ›
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One of my favorite movies. It seemed like they had plenty of funding for voice actors, but lacked any for production. Read morePublished 2 months ago by D. Friedland
It's pretty good; some people complained, but for a cartoon, it's not bad and has a lot of pretty good actors doing the voices. Story was interesting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by AP
NOT WHAT I EXPECTED, BUT I DID ENJOY THE MOVIE. STILL TRYING TO GET MY 10 YEAR OLD TO WATCH IT.Published 2 months ago by Kevin Saunders
After reading these books, I expected more than Jackson's Hobbit and got 1980s Justice L? Think why the 3 stars from hundreds of fans? Read morePublished 3 months ago by KingsOfEverythings
You look at the cast and think it will be good. If you're 10 or getting it for a 10 year old, go for it, adults should avoid.Published 6 months ago by Michael Paulus
Decent movie. It would have been better without the Draconians being cg instead of appearing hand drawn as the humanoids.Published 11 months ago by Russell Singleton
If you like Dragonlance: DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE! It was horrible.
I've read Chronicles, Legends, and many other Dragonlance novels. Read more
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They paid ONE AND A HALF MILLION for this pathetic excuse of a film?!
(My bet was on $0.02 for the script, $0.08 for the animation, and a box of donuts for the voice talent.)
Mar 22, 2008 by Kate | See all 9 posts
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While I can sort of forgive the inevitable shortcuts in story that compressing the Novel into a Movie comes with (although Jackson proved that long is fine if the story is good!!) I feel sorely let down by the animation as rendered in this hodgepodge mix of animation and CGI. I'd have rather... Read More
Jan 31, 2008 by Amazon Customer | See all 2 posts
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