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Dragon's Lair (TV series)

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Dragon's Lair
Dragon's Lair TV series.jpg
GenreFantasy
Animation
Action
Adventure
Sword and sorcery
Based on
Dragon's Lair
by
Developed byRuby-Spears Productions
Written byMichael Charles Hill
Voices ofBob Sarlatte
Ellen Gerstell
Fred Travalena
Michael Mish
Arthur Burghardt
Peter Cullen
Narrated byClive Revill
ComposerJohn Debney
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Running time30 minutes (including commercials)
Production companyRuby-Spears Productions
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises
Release
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Original releaseSeptember 8 (1984-09-08) –
December 1, 1984 (1984-12-01)
Chronology
Preceded byDragon's Lair
Followed byDragon's Lair II: Time Warp

Dragon's Lair is a television animated series by Ruby-Spears Productions based on the 1983 video game of the same name.[1] Thirteen half-hour episodes were produced and aired from September 8, 1984, to April 27, 1985, on ABC.[2]

Synopsis

The series chronicles the adventures of Dirk the Daring, who is the best knight in the kingdom of King Ethelred. Dirk performs all sorts of great deeds while protecting the kingdom and his love Princess Daphne from the forces of the evil dragon Singe. In his adventures there are several original characters like his stallion Bertram, his squire Timothy, and arrogant knight Sir Hubert Blunt who is Dirk the Daring's rival.

Before each commercial break, Dirk the Daring faces a cliffhanger situation. In keeping with the spirit of the game, the storyteller narrates Dirk's options and asks the viewer "What would you do?" After the commercial break, the outcomes of the various choices were shown before Dirk acts on the correct idea (with the occasional exception) to advance the story.

Several enemies from the original game also make their appearance as adversaries: the Lizard King, the Phantom Knight, the Smithee, the Giddy Goons, and the Mudmen. In the episode "The Legend of the Giant's Name", an Ardu giant awakened by Singe forces Dirk to find his way out of an enchanted cave, which gradually transforms him into a skeleton, much like the death animations of the game.

Episodes

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"The Tale of the Enchanted Gift"September 8, 1984 (1984-09-08)
In an effort to outdo his competition, Dirk the Daring gives Princess Daphne a golden bird for her birthday. The bird, however, is enchanted and kidnaps the princess, delivering her to Singe the Dragon so that he can get King Ethelred to surrender his kingdom.
2"Sir Timothy's Quest"September 15, 1984 (1984-09-15)
Timothy is in training to be a knight. His fellow squire is on duty when the King's map to his gold is stolen. Timothy sets out in search of the map which leads him to the kingdom of the Lizard King.
3"The Tournament of the Phantom Knight"September 22, 1984 (1984-09-22)
The Phantom Knight invades a tournament and kidnaps the King. Dirk the Daring must battle the Phantom Knight, rescues the King, and restores him to the castle.
4"The Smithee's Haunted Armor"September 29, 1984 (1984-09-29)
Long ago, two sorcerers gave a smithee a magic hammer. The smithee used this hammer for evil so they turned him into bronze. When the King needs a suit of armor, Dirk finds the magic armor created by the evil smithee and must fight the sorcerers and the reanimated smithee to get it.
5"The Pool of Youth"October 6, 1984 (1984-10-06)
Dirk, Daphne, and Timothy travel to Avalon to stop the ancient evil witch Biralla from drinking from the waters of the "Pool of Youth" which will give her the power to rule the world.
6"The Story of Old Alf"October 13, 1984 (1984-10-13)
Old Alf the magician chooses Daphne as his new apprentice, but her impetuous use of magic brings the wrath of Singe down on Ethelred and his kingdom. Dirk must battle Singe to restore order to the kingdom.
7"The Song of the Chimes"October 20, 1984 (1984-10-20)
The evil Urisk wants to employ magical wind chimes to turn the world into a hot desert that he can rule with his lava men and other fire creatures.
8"The Girl from Crow's Wood"October 27, 1984 (1984-10-27)
Princess Daphne and the pauper girl Bronwen trade places when they discover their uncanny likeness. Bronwen uses Dirk to free the evil Sybilla.
9"Mirror, Mirror"November 3, 1984 (1984-11-03)
In a plan to fool King Ethelred and his people into believing Dirk is a villain, Singe uses a magical mirror to masquerade as Dirk while attacking the village.
10"The Snow Witch"November 10, 1984 (1984-11-10)
Dirk is confronted by a snow witch when he discovers a potion that turns fire to ice. Dirk is coerced into giving the snow witch a vial of the substance so that she can free the world enabling the snow witch and her arctic creatures to rule it.
11"The Tale of Dirk's New Sword"November 17, 1984 (1984-11-17)
Dirk and his friends meet Shortbread, the sole defender of the town of Havenwood against the Trolls. The Trolls steal the town's enchanted timber from which they build an invincible war machine and Dirk must help get it back.
12"The Legend of the Giant's Name"November 24, 1984 (1984-11-24)
Singe awakens the last remaining Arddu Giant to wreak havoc on the kingdom. Dirk bargains with Singe that if he survives a night alone in the magical Black Hill of Arddu, the Giant will be banished and the safety of the kingdom guaranteed.
13"The Mist of Wishes"December 1, 1984 (1984-12-01)
Dirk and Sir Blunt sneak into the dragon's lair to steal the one weapon that will destroy Singe. However, Singe has captured Puck the Elf to extort the secret of the Mist of Wishes. Sir Blunt ends up with the Mist and turns into a bigger threat than Singe when he wishes to be king and successful in entrapping Singe.

Cast

Principal voice actors

Additional voices

Crew

Home media

On September 20, 2011, Warner Bros. released Dragon's Lair: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and only in the US.[3]

References

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 165. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. p. 287. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ Wbshop.com

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