A lot of great animation came out in the 1980s. Sadly just as quickly as most of it came out, it went away. When the home video revolution rolled on I kept expecting them to come out, but years passed and nothing. Well thanks to places like The Warner Archive, history is starting to get unlocked. Just a few weeks ago they made my month by unleashing the Cartoon Series based on Dragon’s Lair. If you did not know, I am a fan.
You are only familiar with the video game and not the cartoon?
The legendary videogame Dragon’s Lair was a blockbuster (and quarter guzzling) sensation when it first debuted, spawning sequels, imitators, and a beloved Saturday morning cartoon series. Developed by the powerhouse animation crew put together by Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, the Dragon’s Lair cartoon made many contributions to the Dragon’s Lair saga, from naming the Dragon “Singe” to rounding out the cast with such memorable supporting players as Bertram the horse (voiced by animation legend Peter Cullen) and Timothy the squire (voiced by Michael Mish). Mimicking the action of a videogame, Dragon’s Lair pauses the action and asks the audience which action Dirk should take next in his never-ending quest to protect the kingdom of King Ethelred and his beloved Princess Daphne. But enough talk! Dirk the Daring faces doom throughout this 13 episode, 2-disc set and he needs YOU to help him decide what to do next!
The show is available online exclusively from the Warner Archive, but I am sure it has already started creeping into other outlets, so pick up your copy today.