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THE WAIT IS OVER. DRAGON'S LAIR IS BACK!!! 

Jump on-board for a unique and awesome experience!

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 Pledge $200 or more- *LIMITED 720 ANIMATION DRAWINGS* Get an original signed animation drawing by Don Bluth from Dragon’s Lair: The Movie final pitch presentation. (Reward also includes all "digital" tier rewards)

Pledge $5 or more - "Animation: One way to approach it." book in digital format. A 39 page animation manual hand-out for Don Bluth seminars. A simple start to learning the language of animation. (For those of you already contributed over $5 this will be added to your rewards!)

Don Bluth and Gary Goldman are coming together once again to bring the classic arcade game Dragon's Lair to the big screen. We are seeking your help to create a pitch to make Dragon’s Lair, the Movie through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. Dragon's Lair continues to be loved by millions around the world since 1983, and fans have been waiting patiently to see Dirk and Daphne at it again. Join us in this adventure as we prepare to bring Dragon's Lair to a new generation. 

We’ve worked on '20' successful animation motion pictures, some of them “iconic”, The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go To Heaven and Anastasia to name a few.'

It’s ironic that the project that has given us the greatest recognition is actually that video arcade game known as Dragon’s Lair, created back in the early 1980s. The game has an extremely loyal fan base - now estimated to be in the millions and with each generation it has picked up even more fans. And after 30 years, the game continues to sell as an app for smart phones, smart tablets and personal computers. Fans have been begging us to do a major motion picture. Just like Dirk the Daring, a character that just won’t die, the game marches on - it’s time to make the movie!"

We have many great rewards in store for you including, Digital Downloads, Blu-rays, DVDs, Original Signed books and Artwork, maquette's, Lapel Pins, signed posters, T-Shirts, Lanyards, and even a dinner with Don & Gary! Explore all our awards and perks and thank you for coming to our Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign. 

"Lead on, adventurer. Your quest awaits!"

 Animated motion pictures cost loads of money and time. If you have followed the latest publicity on animated films or checked out boxofficemojo.com you would know that these films, traditional hand-drawn or computer generated can cost anywhere from $55 million to $240 Million, some even more - just on the production. Promoting an animated film could cost an additional $100 Million to market the film worldwide. In order to finance the production, promotion and distribution, independent companies like Don Bluth Films must approach major film studios, private investors, or investment banks for loans and/or equity investment to finance their films. Though those entities may fulfill an important role in the process, their involvement also comes with serious strings attached, which can often push and/or pull the story and its design elements, in the wrong direction or even decide to cancel the production all together. Or, they may have no experience whatsoever with either the animation production process or the extraordinary marketing effort to create audience awareness and strong anticipation to see the final product. Thankfully alternatives have emerged and are gaining momentum over recent years.

 "Crowd-sourcing” or “Crowd-funding” sites like Kickstarter have been an incredible source of funding for independent filmmakers and game developers - by allowing consumers to support the products they would like to see developed and give the creative developers the freedom to experiment, design and take risks without others compromising the vision. 

Bluth Group Ltd was established in 1983 for the production of Dragon’s Lair, the arcade video game. It is the owner of the character copyrights, the Trademark for the title, and most importantly the film rights.

 Rewards

(This experience is being offered for all backers pledging $15 or more.) For those who pledge to contribute beyond the $15 tier level, we have a selection of premium rewards listed below:

Pledge $10 or more - The complete set of Don Bluth's TOON TALK magazines in digital format. (Set of 10) We added this reward at $10 for those of you who want to contribute but are on a tight budget. Get your TOON TALK magazines now! (For those of you already contributed over $10 this will be added to your rewards!)

Pledge $15 or more - Two digital post cards w/ images from the original Dragon’s Lair video game and a personal “Thank You” from Don Bluth and Gary Goldman.

Pledge $25 or more - An “EXCLUSIVE” PassWord-Protected Link to studio blog & video updates on progress and a thank you credit on our website. (Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards.)

Pledge $35 or more - The Art of Storyboarding and The Art of Animation Drawing in digital format. Currently out-of-print, but now you can have them digitally! (For those of you already contributed over $35 this will be added to your rewards!)

Pledge $50 or more - A signed 8X10 photo of Don Bluth & Gary Goldman, and a Dragon’s Lair: The Movie lanyard (Reward also includes previous tier reward.)

Pledge $75 or more - A Dirk the Daring lapel pin. A secure access to download the finished video pitch presentation. (Reward also includes previous tier rewards.)

Pledge $125 or more - A copy of Dragon's Lair Blu-ray original game with bonus features. (Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards.)

Pledge $175 or more - A Dragon’s Lair : The Movie baseball hat; two lapel pins to complete a set of three characters, Dirk the Daring, Princess Daphne, and Singe the Dragon. (Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards with the exception of the limited items.)

Pledge $300 or more - A “Dragon’s Lair : The Movie” donor T-shirt. Plus, Model Sheets of how to draw Dirk the Daring and Princess Daphne (Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards with the exception of the limited items.)

Pledge $350 or more - A signed Dragon’s Lair game poster. (Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards with the exception of the limited items.)

 Pledge $400 or more - (Limited 24) One hour online 1 on 1 animation lessons on the principles of animation with Don Bluth, including Q&A. Perfect for students that cannot attend the Masterclass who want to build their portfolio. (This is a standalone reward, no previous tier rewards included.)

Pledge $500 or more - A signed copy of the new "The Art of Dragon's Lair" softcover book. (Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards with the exception of the limited items.)

Pledge $750 or more - Don Bluth Animation Tutorial boxset of 9 DVDs. Including Drawing, Animation, and Storyboarding lessons. (Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards with the exception of the limited items.)

Pledge $1,000 or more - A “Kickstarter Donor Credit (in alphabetical order) in the final pitch presentation “End Credits” for Dragon’s Lair: The Movie & a signed Princess Daphne Drawing by Don Bluth. (Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards.)

Pledge $2,500 or more - A caricature image of the donor as a secondary character (non-speaking) in the final pitch presentation of Dragon’s Lair : The Movie. (Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards with the exception of the limited items.) requires a photo from the donor.

Pledge $3,500 or more - A set of 10 original story sketches from Dragon's Lair: The Movie pitch presentation. (Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards with the exception of the limited items.)

Pledge $5,000 or more - (Limited 16 seats available) Don Bluth Animation Masterclass (Limited Seating) Students and enthusiasts welcome for a 5 day masterclass on animation taught by Don Bluth. A well positioned special “Thank You” credit (in alphabetical order) in the end credits of the final movie, Dragon’s Lair : The Movie. (Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards with the exception of the limited items.)

Pledge $5,000 or more - Animator Maquette (statue) of Dirk the Daring.(Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards with the exception of the limited items.) There is no sample “maquette” of Dirk the Daring at this time.

Pledge $7,500 or more - Princess Daphne Animator Maquette (statue) of the main character from for the final motion picture Dragon’s Lair: The Movie. *Not this pose. (Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards.)

Pledge $10,000 - 10 signed Giclee’ full-size color backgrounds from the original Dragon’s Lair game, presented on gallery-quality watercolor paper. Dinner for (2) with Don Bluth & Gary Goldman. (Reward also includes ALL previous tier rewards with the exception of the limited items.)

We thank you for taking your valuable time to check out the Rewards we are offering for your donations to this presentation. We started this crowd funding campaign to create a great entertaining video-pitch to excite serious animation film investors and distributors to finance and bring Dragon’s Lair : The Movie to audiences around the world!

With great appreciation,

Don Bluth & Gary Goldman

Don Bluth Films, Inc.

Founded in 2000 by animation industry veterans Don Bluth & Gary Goldman (some of favorites are - The Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, The Land Before Time, All Dogs Go To Heaven, Anastasia and video arcade games - Dragon’s Lair and Space Ace) the Phoenix Arizona based company has been wrestling with creating Dragon’s Lair: The Movie based on their popular hit video game Dragon’s Lair (1983). It is to be a “prequel” to the game and the backstory story of Dirk the Daring, a knight, a bungling hero, an everyman - if you will, for a feature-length theatrical film. Constantly dodging promises of faulty finance approaches from various wannabes, and avoiding giving away ownership, we are considering what so many colleagues and fans have challenged us to do. So, after so many of you have screamed to us - “Go to Kickstarter and get this dream off the shelf!”. This time you who contribute will be allowed to observe the process as if you were there…’cause…well, you will be there - albeit digitally speaking.

Check out our latest interview on TraditionalAnimation.com talking about our careers in animation and Dragon's Lair: The Movie!

Schedule

Over a 21 week work schedule a small team of A-list script writers and artists, under Don & Gary’s supervision, Don Bluth Films will develop a unique teaser presentation incorporating a section of the script with recorded dialogues, storyboards, some animation and color art direction, giving the viewer a sample of the story, character personalities delivering an entertaining experience to create a “want to see” reaction. A presentation which will encourage investors to provide financing of our budgeted 70 million dollars for us to produce Dragon’s Lair : The Movie. Don Bluth Films, Inc. will be video-documenting the creative process and showing updates exclusively for the Kickstarter backers. Don & Gary are committed to sharing the experience in this endeavor.

http://www.dragonslairthemovie.com | http://www.facebook.com/donbluthfilms

"MAKE IT HAPPEN!"

Risks and challenges

Time, we planned how much time it will take and this is our best estimate. We will let our backers know of any changes right away. We have plenty of experience putting pitches together and this timeline gives us additional time it usually takes.

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