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Dragonlance (2007)

Cast: Michael Rosenbaum, Kiefer Sutherland, Lucy Lawless, more...
Director: Will Meugniot
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Animation, Fantasy
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
In this animated film based on the popular series of fantasy books, six friends - a dwarf, a warrior, a half-elf, a mage, a knight and a kinder - have come together once again after spending five years searching for proof that the gods do in fact exist. Sadly, they reunite amidst rumors of a growing evil and an impending war - but now, with horror and chaos looming on the horizon, the goal of their searches may finally be within their grasp in the form of mysterious warrior princess bearing a crystal blue staff. A threat like none of them have seen is poised to overtake their homeland, but if these heroes can stand against it, they will become legends. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide

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Poor translation of fantasy pulp, but still... by shiftless February 28, 2008 - 4:31 PM PST
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The Dragonlance series of books began with a wildly popular trilogy of novels which then expanded into a brand name for a line of fantasy novels. Almost every idea is begged and borrowed from Tolkein so don't come expecting any new takes on fantasy here. The writing of the books never rose above pulp quality in my opinion. What made the first Dragonlance trilogy so special were the characters and their relationships to one another. The books, you should also know, are also based on an actual Dungeons & Dragons campaign played by a group of people who fleshed the characters out, and then the campaign was translated into the novels.

The animated film encompasses the entire first book, Dragons of Autumn Twilight, all smooshed into 75 minutes. As such, the pace is breakneck speed, don't get up to use the bathroom or you'll be completely lost. The very thing that made the book interesting, the characters, are flat and not given a chance to develop at all because the pace of the plot demands it. The few scenes that try and deliver on that side are superficial and over with in the first 10 minutes. The animation is also divided up into traditional cell animation (all heroes, backgrounds and extra characters) and CGI (bad guys). They are not integrated well at all and the CGI looks especially cheap. Having criticized all that, I loved the novels as a 14 year old, when they came out, and it's somewhat fun and gratifying to see it as an animated movie. There are no 'comic relief" characters (yay!) and the assembled big-name voice cast does a GREAT job with a script that has well written dialog.

If you read the books you're gonna watch this anyway, just don't come with high expectations. I'll be seeing the sequels as they come out, I just can't stop myself, but I'm still missing those beloved characters from my youth.




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