Trivia / Dragon's Lair


  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": At least in Latin America, as the animated adaptation was the only part of the franchise who was brought out in Spanish, as only Time Warp was somewhat known there, but not the first one.

Dragon's Lair

  • Money, Dear Boy: Don Bluth only agreed to make the game because he needed extra money to pay off the animators for The Secret of NIMH.
  • No Budget: Initially, this game was produced on a shoestring budget of $1 million. Only one professional actor was invited (and only the attract mode gives him showtime as a narrator), while the others have been voiced by the animators themselves; Dirk, for instance, was voiced by Dan Molina, the film editor, who in turn would later do the sounds for Fish Out of Water, and Daphne's voice originally belonged to Vera Lanpher, who was the head of the clean-up department. All the soul the staff had put into the development, however, paid off magnificently.
  • No Export for You: In Latin America, partly due to the cost of both the machine and the pricing for games, as the game required 50 cents (two quarters) to play in the United States, while the sequel (the only game who was brought in that region) required at least in some Latin American arcade centers a whooping amount of four tokensnote  to play, and the fact the game was in English without any kind of subtitles, in either English or Spanish.
  • Port Overdosed: Almost every console and computer in the 1980s got some version of Dragon's Lair, and the Laserdisc version has been ported many times, too, to Windows, early CD consoles, DVD players, and even the Game Boy Color (!). It is one of the most ubiquitous video games in history.
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  • Word of God: The designers went through Playboy magazines for the inspiration of Daphne.

Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp

  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Daphne's mother is voiced by Hal Smith, the same voice actor as the villain of the picture!
  • Development Hell: Production on Dragon's Lair II started in 1983, but The Great Video Game Crash of 1983 caused Cinematronics to freeze royalties to Don Bluth's animation studio, driving them into bankruptcy and shelving the project for years before its eventual completion and release in 1991.
  • Talking to Himself: Mordroc, Daphne's mother, the Time Machine, the Cheshire Cat and the Card Soliders are voiced by Hal Smith.
  • What Could Have Been: The prototype version of Dragon's Lair II, despite not having deleted scenes like its predecessor, actually had an entirely different soundtrack.
    • There was originally going to be a level set on a pirate ship, but the model for the ship was lost when production resumed, and the level had to be scrapped.
  • The Wiki Rule: See that above.