Dragon's Lair: The Complete Series (2 Discs)
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While the series tries its best to emulate the games it falls short in many places. The animation is well done but nowhere near the detail and luster of the Don Bluth game animation.
The action in the series is nearly constant as well as the slap-stick humor which is mostly provided by the hapless Dirk the Daring and his squire Timothy as well as the Giddy Goons employed by Singe the Dragon.
While the show's death scene aspect isn't nearly as violent or graphic as the games it still manages to make you feel bad or horrified if you chose the wrong course of action in the "What should Dirk do?" segments. Basically before each commercial break when the series originally aired on Saturday morning cartoons Dirk would find himself in a life or death situation and the narrator would ask you the viewer "What should Dirk do?"
Most times the wrong choice leads to a horrific death or some sort of injury for Dirk. Many happen off screen so it's not too violent for younger kids.
Also there are some "What should Dirk Do?" segments where they don't give you the full choices of what he can do so no matter what you pick you lose which seems vindictive or at the very least poor planning by the creators.
As is typical with many cartoons of the 80s the show usually tries to teach a moral like lying is bad or stealing is wrong so it does try to balance out the violence with a moral.
Still despite its few shortcomings its a fun show full of quests, knights, magic and damsels in distress. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of sword and sorcery tales.
The show has good animation, voices and interesting stories for an 80's cartoon, and is remastered for this series on two discs. Disc two has a lot more episodes for some reason, but very welcome and it's an enjoyable extension of Dirk's adventures, even if this has been tamed down for kid's TV; so don't expect the violent sword slicing of the video game Dragon's Lair that sliced a Goon in two. Recommended for Dragon's Lair fans.
The latter made the most sense of all the games to adapt into a cartoon, since "Dragon's Lair" was no ordinary video game: it was one of several laser-disc games, fully animated by Don Bluth and an absolute pain in the behind to play (most of us kids would insert 50 cents and last about 5 seconds in a game that was all about memorizing moves as opposed to hand/eye coordination). Still, it looked cool with Dirk the Daring out to save Princess Daphne from the Dragon "Singe" in a colorful medieval castle - elements which animators Ruby-Spears wisely opted to retain in their brief Saturday morning adaptation, which the Warner Archive has brought to DVD this month.
The two-disc set includes all 13 episodes of the short-lived series in acceptable full-screen transfers with mono audio. John Debney scored the series, doing a nice job infusing the limited animation pallet with majestic orchestral tones.
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I could have swore Dirk was more if a pud. When I was young I just remember him being a doofus. Regardless, much appreciated and thank you all for collecting these and selling it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by someone
It took me back, i liked it, i forgot out old the animation is, but it was great.Published 12 months ago by Mercedes McReynolds
Very smooth transition. DVD's were brand new and exactly as advertised.Published 23 months ago by William C.
An Old classic tv series based on the classic video game,they don't make them like that anymore.
fun for all ages.
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