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  • The game's animation sequences took six years to complete.

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  • In light of Dragon's Lair's development, an invention called "the fantasy machine" went through many incarnations from a rudimentary computer using paper tape (with illustrations and text) to a system that manipulated a videodisc containing mostly still images and narration. The game it played was a graphic adventure called The Secrets of the Lost Woods. Marketing this device had failed repeatedly and allegedly, an Ideal Toy Company representative walked out in the middle of one presentation.

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  • Professional voice actor Michael Rye is the narrator of Dragon's Lair's attract mode sequence.

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  • Film editor Dan Molina is the voice of Dirk the Daring and Vera Lanpher, head of the animation clean-up department is the voice of Princess Daphne.

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  • The animation sequences for Dragon's Lair were initially concieved by Rick Dyer, gaining inspiration for the animation after viewing Don Bluth's The Secret of NIMH.

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  • All of the game's music and sound effects were recorded at EFX Systems in Burbank, California. Chris Stone composed and performed the music and Bryan Rusenko and Glen Berkovitz were the recording engineers. The game's attract mode sequence was also recorded during these sessions over an 18-hour work marathon. The E-mu Emulator and Moog synthesizer keyboards were used during these recordings.

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  • The game was first conceived by Rick Dyer, president of Advanced Microcomputer Systems (AMS) which later became RDI Video Systems. The text game Adventure was Dyer's main inspiration.

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  • Dragon's Lair is regarded as the first animated laserdisc video game and was only the second video game to utilize laserdisc technology.

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  • The animation staff used their own voices for their characters instead of hiring professional actors, in order to keep the costs down. The animation alone cost over $1,000,000 dollars.

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  • The animation staff used Playboy magazines as reference for drawing Princess Daphne.

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  • Dragon's Lair was animated by Don Bluth. The game was released just one year after Bluth's animated theatrical debut The Secret of NIMH released in 1982.

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