Character designs by the incomparable Yutaka Minowa, character designer/Chief animator of the bonafide animated classic, “The WInd NInja Chronicles” aka “Jubei” aka "Ninja Scroll."
Most other games of the era represented the character as a sprite, which consisted of a series of pixels displayed in succession. Due to hardware limitations of the era, artists were greatly restricted in the detail they could achieve using that technique; the resolution, framerate and number of frames were severely constrained. Dragon’s Lair overcame those limitations by tapping into the vast storage potential of the LaserDisc, but imposed other limitations on the actual gameplay. By following indicators on the screen during sequences ( either a glowing object which could mean moving in that direction, or tapping your button to use your sword) you could advance to the next scene, drawing you closer to the princess (and increasing the difficulty of directions/ speeding up timing indicators to advance) in the gold-filled lair when the dragon awaits to thwart your chances of saving her. I’m sure they were inspired by Smaug’s character back then.
I spent all my allowance on this game in the 80s. It cost 50 cents per game play (a FORTUNE for me at just 9 years old), but left a long-standing imprint on me and my love of animation. Still a joy to look at! Don Bluth was brilliant!
“The result of all of this isn’t that games are going away — it’s just that the industry may look very different a few years from now. That might not be a bad thing.”
Easily one of the best songs to an anime i’ve listened to in a bit. Funky retro R&B from episode 6 of Space Dandy: War of the Vests. I wanna surf on star dust clouds in space now! S/O to Junk Fujiyama!
Cop the album here: https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/id793560321&u1=date20140307it2793560321
The wildly inappropriate shenanigans of late-night, adult animated TV courtesy of Black Dynamite: The Animated Series. Season 2 coming 2014!!!! *NSFW*
Original 3 minute Afro Samurai Pilot (2003) animated by Takeshi Koike (redline), featuring Cyne & Guru (RIP). Ending music by Neptunes. Here are some of the original storyboards by Koike himself: