: A terrible dragon is terrorizing the medieval land of Urland in the 6th century. "[15], Alex Keneas of Newsday criticized the film for being too focused on superstition, and for being "bereft of any sense of medieval time, place and society". Dragonslayer is a 1981 live-action fantasy film co-produced by Disney and Paramount studios. Princess Elspeth MacNicol had to learn horse riding, both English style and bareback for the role. [2] Dragonslayer also marks the first time ILM's services were used for a film other than a Lucasfilm Ltd. production. Valerian gathers some molted dragon scales to create a shield for Galen. Two months later, Lee's team finished building a sixteen-foot head and neck assembly, a twenty-foot tail, thighs and legs, claws capable of grabbing a man, and a 30-foot-wide (9.1 m) wing section. The wizard's body explodes and kills the dragon, whose corpse falls out of the sky. Her agent insisted, though, and after doing an audition tape, was called back for more tests. Expansions upon the film's plot include details such as these: Marvel Comics published a comic book adaptation of the film by writer Dennis O'Neil and artists Marie Severin and John Tartaglione in Marvel Super Special #20. [17] He further stated that: .mw-parser-output .templatequote{overflow:hidden;margin:1em 0;padding:0 40px}.mw-parser-output .templatequote .templatequotecite{line-height:1.5em;text-align:left;padding-left:1.6em;margin-top:0}, One of the best and one of the strongest landmarks [of dragon movies] that almost nobody can overcome is Dragonslayer. Go motion is a variation on stop motion animation, and its use in Dragonslayer led to the film's nomination for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects; it lost to Raiders of the Lost Ark, the only other Visual Effects nominee that year, whose special effects were also provided by ILM. Princess Elspeth When the lottery begins anew, Elspeth rigs the draw so that only her name can be chosen. Meanwhile, the dragon frees itself from its prison and causes an earthquake. In October 2003, Dragonslayer was released on DVD in the U.S. by Paramount Home Video. After the completion of principal shooting, a special effects team of eighty people at ILM studios in northern California worked eight months in producing 160 composite shots of the dragon. Am I not exposed to the same risk as every other man's daughter? Casiodorus Rex [3], Twenty-five percent of the film's budget went into the special effects to bring the dragon to life. The special effects were created at Industrial Light and Magic, where Phil Tippett had co-developed an animation technique called go motion for The Empire Strikes Back (1980). [sullen]  The site's critics consensus reads, "An atypically dark Disney adventure, Dragonslayer puts a realistic spin — and some impressive special effects — on a familiar tale. Swanscombe's neighbor-villages of Nudd, Turnratchit, and Veryemere are mentioned. [3], Ken Ralston was assigned to the flying scenes. It stars Peter MacNicol, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam and Caitlin Clarke. After a brief battle, the monster snatches the old man and flies away with him. Did you know that some families have paid bribes to stay out of the lottery? Princess Elspeth is by far the most selfless person in this story, and more people in real life could learn from her example. During pre-production, the film was referred to as Dragon Slayer and The Dragon Slayer. [12][13] Siskel praised the "dazzling special effects" and the "convincing portrait by Ralph Richardson of the aged magician Ulrich",[12] and Ebert called the scenes involving the dragon "first-rate". Ulrich is revealed to have extensive research and history of dragons. Horrified that his daughter is on the chopping block, the King gives Galen the amulet so he can slay the dragon and save the princess, and is as shamelessly hypocritical about his sudden change of heart as possible. Scene extrated from the movie "Dragonslayer" from 1981 - In the kongdom of Urland, a dragon called Vermithrax Pejorative terrorises the inhabitants. [3], Brian Johnson was hired to supervise the special effects, and began planning both on and off-set effects with various special effects specialists. MacNicol found this difficult, saying that "They took away my stirrups, they took away my reins and whipped the horse, and then they told me to windmill my arms and turn a complete circle in the saddle. Tyrian apprehends Galen and takes him to Castle Morgenthorme, from which King Casiodorus governs Urland. Instead we set out to create a very strange world with a lot of weird values and customs, steeped in superstition, where the clothes and manners of the people were rough, their homes and villages primitive and their countryside almost primeval, so that the idea of magic would be a natural part of their existence." Galen is selected by the wizard's magical amulet as its next owner; encouraged, he journeys to Urland. Directed by Matthew Robbins. Royal S. Brown of Fanfare Magazine praised the soundtrack as "one of the best scores of 1981".[7]. Valerian gives a (brief) update of Prospero's fate which corresponds to the Shakespearean storyline. Quotes [Galen has interrupted the sacrifice of Princess Elspeth to the dragon, scaring everyone away except for Tyrian] Tyrian : I knew I'd find you here. : A young wizarding apprentice is sent to kill a … [15] Nonetheless, he warned: "In movie theaters, that came across wonderfully; on a little TV screen, this may be strictly for specialized tastes. : The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score; Chariots of Fire took the award. The costumes of Casiodorus and his court were designed of fine silk, as opposed to the coarsely woven clothes of the Urlanders.[3]. The procession scenes in which victims are transported to the Dragon's lair were shot on Gelli behind the main shop in Capel Curig. It was decided early on in production that as the film's most important sequence would have been the final battle, it was deemed necessary to design a dragon with an emphasis on its flying abilities. It stars Peter MacNicol, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam and Caitlin Clarke. : Consequently, King Casiodorus returns the amulet to Galen so that he might save Elspeth. For this reason, they chose to set the film after the Roman departure from Britain, prior to the arrival of Christianity. The parts were flown to Pinewood Studios outside London in the cargo hold of a Boeing 747. Urland's neighbor-kingdoms of Anwick, Cantware, and Heronsford are mentioned. Suddenly, a white horse appears, and the couple use the horse to ride away. The dragon had to be presented in a way that the audience would be absolutely stunned."[3]. 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The camera was programmed to tilt and move at various angles in order to convey the sensation of flight. Phil Tippett built a model for the scenes in which the dragon would be required to walk. : The film grossed just over $14 million in the US[8] with an estimated budget of $18 million. He says, "I just wish we had a horse." Tippett did not want to use standard stop motion animation techniques, and had his team build a dragon model which would move during each exposure rather than in between as was once the standard. As both prepare to depart, the amulet gives Galen a vision which explains his teacher's final wishes: He used Galen to deliver him to Urland. He built a model with an articulated aluminum skeleton in order to give it a wide range of motion. Nothing. Horsrik: Now be it known throughout the kingdom that this maiden, having lawfully been chosen by a deed of fortune and destiny, shall hereby give up her life for the greater good of Urland!By this act shall be satisfied the powers that dwell underground! : | | A deconstruction of many Sword And Sorcery tropes, the film was considerably darker than the typical Disney movie, which may have caused its commercial failure despite having very good production values for its time.. The score's linear conception was developed through transparently layered, polyphonic orchestral texture dominated by a medieval-style modal harmony. It stars Peter MacNicol, Ralph Richardson, John Hallam and Caitlin Clarke. A sixth-century post-Roman kingdom called Urland (named after the River Ur, which runs through it) is being terrorized by a 400-year-old dragon named "Vermithrax Pejorative". [20] Fantasy author Alex Bledsoe stated that: ...everyone has a 'first dragon', the one that awoke their sense of wonder about the creatures. DRAGONSLAYER follows the quest of sorcerer's apprentice, Galen (Peter MacNichol), who sets out to kill a dragon and stop a cycle in which virginal girls are sacrificed in order to keep the beast from destroying an entire kingdom. ''DRAGONSLAYER,'' which opens today at the Baronet and other theaters, is a movie that makes you believe what you're seeing is real. He manages to wound the dragon, but the spear is broken. [like a robot]  : Princess Elspeth Horsrik However, by the time of principal photography, the title was modified to Dragonslayer. A sixth-century post-Roman kingdom called Urland (named after the River Ur, which runs through it)[3] is being terrorized by a 400-year-old dragon named "Vermithrax Pejorative". It was the toll of seeing so many use his arms and armor only to be killed by the dragon that convinced him to stop forging arms and armor. Dennis Muren, the effects cameraman, stated, "We knew the dragon had a lot more importance to this film than some of the incidental things that appeared in only a few shots in Star Wars or The Empire Strikes Back. The Princess, however, is determined to make amends for all the girls whose names have been chosen in the past; she descends into the dragon's cave and to her death. [3], After Bunnett handed his storyboard panels to the film crew, it was decided that the dragon would have to be realized with a wide variety of techniques: the resulting dragon on film is a composite of several different models. : Answer my question. [3] To appease the dragon, King Casiodorus offers it virgin girls selected by lottery twice a year. Dragonslayer is an interesting film in Disney ridiculously large catalogue of family films. Dragonslayer Theatrical Release: June 26, 1981 / Running Time: 109 Minutes / Rating: PG. Galen narrowly escapes from his prison, but without the amulet. Ulrich invites Tyrian to stab him to prove his magical powers. Dragonslayer (1981) Chloe Salaman as Princess Elspeth. Valerian assumes Elspeth is the one Galen loves. : A creature based on the appearance of this dragon appears in one of Jabba the Hutt's creature pens in Inside the Worlds of Star Wars Trilogy. The picture was included in the book Star Wars: Chronicles. This article is for the Herald-Mage. Casiodorus guesses that Galen is not a real wizard and complains that his attack may have angered the dragon instead of killing it, as his own brother and predecessor once did. You're lying to me. Valerian then remarks that noble families, paying enough in bribes, are never entered into the lottery-- to say nothing of the king's own daughter, Princess Elspeth (Chloe Salaman). As Galen and Valerian leave Urland together, he confesses that he misses both Ulrich and the amulet. Princess Elspeth The score was largely based on five major thematic concepts: North had six weeks to compose the score,[5] which featured music rejected from his score for Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. 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