At GDC this week, we sat down with animation legend Don Bluth, the genius behind features The Land Before Time, An American Tail, and video games Space Ace and Dragon’s Lair, to get the story on his newest project, Tapper World Tour, an iPhone/iPad re-imagining of classic arcade title Tapper.
According to Bluth, part of the motivation for Dragon’s Lair back in the 1980s was monetary. He had run out of funding for animated film The Secret of NIMH, and hoped that Dragon’s Lair would provide some much needed capital. The game was, of course, incredibly successful, and The Secret of NIMH was completed to nearly universal critical acclaim. Bluth said he’d love to something similar happen with Tapper World Tour.
In spite of a career in film that began in the 1950s with Walt Disney animation studio, Bluth said Dragon’s Lair may end up as his more lasting work in the public’s imagination.
“We’ll be remembered for that stupid 20 minutes of animation in Dragon’s Lair,” Bluth said, “While our 12 animated features will go who-knows-where.”
We’ll have a full video interview with Bluth up on the site soon, so keep checking back. Oh, and don’t miss my preview of Tapper World Tour!