Based on the first in a series of countless fantasy books by bestselling authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight
is the first animated feature-length film spun from the venerable Dungeons and Dragons
role-playing game. The 90-minute feature hews as closely to the 400-plus-page source material as possible--in a nutshell, a group of adventurers seek to head off the evil plans of a multi-headed dragon goddess and her army with the help of a crystal staff--and there is plentiful swordplay and spellcasting to keep younger viewers entranced. And the voice talent, which includes Kiefer Sutherland
, Xena's Lucy Lawless
, and Michael Rosenbaum
, does a respectable job of making the heavy-handed dialogue sound believable. However, the animation (a mix of 2D and CGI) is truly dreadful, and brings the epic scope of the story down to the level of Saturday morning cartoons. Supplemental material might've helped make this middling DVD more palatable, but sadly, there's only a few clips of original test animation (which looks slightly better than the finished product) and a gallery of early character designs. --Paul Gaita
Animated adventure based on the novel by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. After three centuries of peace, the world of Krynn has plummetted into darkness as the evil goddess, Takhisis (Nika Futterman), and her army of dragons threaten to conquer the planet. A small group of heroes, including the wizard, Raistlin (Kiefer Sutherland), priestess Goldmoon (Lucy Lawless), and half elven warrior, Tanis (Michael Rosenbaum), set out to save the world before it's too late.