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FAQs: The Dragonlance Movie FAQ

by Tavin Springfingers


"Hello fellow fans. If you're like me, you have a ton of questions about the Dragonlance movie. You've come to the right place. Like many of you, I jumped into this forum with questions gunning. This only resulted in my looking like a fool in front of Ms. Weis (An eloquently worded fool, I'd like to think, but a fool none the less). I decided that perhaps it would be in the best interest of all if there were some sort of FAQ that we could all skim over to see if our questions might already have standing answers.

Here is how the FAQ will be set up. First is the preface, which I'm writing at this moment to satisfy my ego. Next is the questions list, all numbered, for quick and easy reference. Next is the Q&A, complete with IMDB or company website links for those involved. Ms. Weis and Mr. Hickman, I apologize, but I did omit links for you as I figured that we all know who you are and are likely fairly well acquainted with your works. Finally, I'll thank people. Contributers and whatnot. It's just the right thing to do."

**FINAL UPDATE**
Everyone, it's been a real trip doing this FAQ for you fine fandom folk! As the movie has been released and the details out, there is not much reason to continue updating this thread. For that reason, this shall be the final revision, done to make it as complete as possible. After this revision is made, our happy-go-lucky mod team here at the Nexus will lock it once more, storing it for the informational use of all who may have questions still. The final unresolved issue in this FAQ, the release for Region 2+ fans, will unfortunately have to remain unresolved here. My personal thanks will be at the final post at the bottom, so feel free to skip that if you like :)

So without any further ado, here's Tavin's Nugget of... wait..

  1. Here's Tavin's Dragonlance Movie FAQ of Joy!
    1. What is the Dragonlance movie?
    2. Is there an official website for the movie?
    3. Who is producing the movie?
    4. Who is writing/directing?
    5. Who is in the cast?
    6. Will the Voice Actors use accents?
    7. What will the animation style be like?
    8. Where can I see samples of the artwork?
    9. What will the music be like?
    10. When will the movie be coming out?
    11. Will the movie be a theatrical release or direct to video?
    12. Will there be an international release?
    13. What will the rating be?
    14. How long will the movie be?
    15. What languages will the movie be released in?
    16. Will the DVD have subtitles?
    17. Will there be DVD extras?
    18. Will the movie be released on Blu-Ray/HD-DVD?
    19. Are there sequels planned?
    20. When will the trailer be released?
    21. Where will we be able to find the trailer when it is released?
    22. Wasn't the trailer already shown at GenCon?
    23. How closely have Ms. Weis and Mr. Hickman been involved in the project?
    24. How much of the movie have Ms. Weis and Mr. Hickman seen?
    25. Will certain parts of the book be cut out of the movie?
    26. Will classic Dragonlance artwork be integrated into the film?
    27. Will the movie open with an expositional monologue?
    28. Does the movie stick to the chronological order of events presented by the book?
    29. Is this going to be more like a kid's movie?
    30. Will there be blood?
    31. Is the first Draconian attack on the Heroes in the movie?
    32. Will there be other tie in products for the movie (Posters, action figures, etc.)?
    33. Will there also be a new Dragonlance video game coming soon?

Hither Lies Yon Q&A

1.1) What is the Dragonlance movie?

The Dragonlance movie is an animated feature length production based off of the first novel in the Chronicles trilogy, Dragons of Autumn Twilight.

1.2) Is there an official website for the movie?

There is. Dragonlance-Movie.com is where you will find it.

1.3) Who is producing the movie?

The movie is produced by Toonz Animation, Commotion Pictures, and Epic Level Entertainment, with conceptual art contributed by Kunoichi amongst others. Paramount is handling the distribution.

1.4) Who is writing/directing?

Will Meugniot directed the screenplay adaptation done by George StraytonCindi Rice, a longtime employee of TSR/WotC/Hasbro, and hailing from a background working with AD&D settings, acted as the Executive Co-Producer.

1.5) Who is in the cast?

The cast is as follows:
Michael Rosenbaum as Tanis Half-Elven
Kiefer Sutherland as Raistlin Majere
Lucy Lawless as Goldmoon
Fred Tatasciore as Flint Fireforge and Fewmaster Toede
Michelle Trachtenberg as Tika Majere
Rino Romano as Caramon Majere
Jason Marsden as Tasslehoff Burrfoot
Neil Ross as Fizban the Fabulous
Marc Worden as Sturm Brightblade
Phil LaMarr as Riverwind and Gilthanas
Jentle Phoenix as Bupu
Caroline Gelabert as Laurana
Nika Futterman as Takhisis
Mari Weiss as The Forestmaster
Ben McCain as Elistan
Dee Bradley Baker as Pyros
Susan Silo as Flamestrike
Juliette Cohen as Onyx

1.6) Will the Voice Actors use accents?

Voice actors largely maintain a fairly neutral American accent, though in the elves you may sense a slightly noticeable trans-atlantic accent.

1.7) What will the animation style be like?

The style is a 2D/3D hybridization with "softer" 3D elements such as CG fog during many scenes, with a "harder" punch up of 3D visual effects during action sequences. The animation studio used the works from Devil's Due Publishing's line of Dragonlance comics as a "jumping off point" for character design.

1.8) Where can I see samples of the artwork?

Samples and screenshots from production can be seen at the Official Movie Site.

1.9) What will the music be like?

Karl Preusser is composing the music, which is described as "period music", meaning that it is largely based on medieval themes, using instruments from that period and incorporating a live choir.

1.10) When will the movie be coming out?

The movie was released January 15, 2008 in the United States.

1.11 Will the movie be a theatrical release or direct to video?

The movie was released direct to DVD.

1.12) Will there be an international release?

There is no hard date set for an international release as of this time, however one is planned as Paramount is pleased with the sales Stateside. I have been informed by bigmac that Region 2 folks may be in luck. UK Amazon has a page up for a Region 2 release, though at the moment, no preorders are available and no release date is confirmed. Check it out here.

1.13) What will the rating be?

PG-13 (U.S.) / PG (U.K.)

1.14) How long will the movie be?

90 minutes.

1.15) What languages will the movie be released in?

English.

1.16) Will the DVD have subtitles?

Yes. English.

1.17) Will there be DVD extras?

The extras include Original Test Animation as well as Initial Character Designs.

1.18) Will the movie be released on Blu-Ray/HD-DVD?

Paramount has not divulged whether or not it plans to put the movie on either high definition format for a later release, but initially the movie was released only for standard DVD format.

1.19) Are there sequels planned?

The movie was created with the Chronicles trilogy clearly in mind, but the true viability of making consequent sequels is largely dependent on the success of the first movie. Paramount is said to be happy with it though.

1.20) When will the trailer be released?

You can find the trailer here.

1.21) Where will we be able to find the trailer when it is released?

See above.

1.22) Wasn't the trailer already shown at GenCon?

What was shown was more of a promotional "first look" if you will. It showed animatics, art stills, and other such things. It was NOT the finished movie trailer that Paramount used to promote the film.

1.23) How closely have Ms. Weis and Mr. Hickman been involved in the project?

Quite closely. They were given approval over the script adaptation as well as the artwork used. They were consulted on such things as proper name pronunciation by the voice actors. The goodbye scene between Raistlin and Bupu was added back into the movie at Ms. Weis's request and Mr. Hickman has even penned original lyrics sung in elven for one of the songs.

1.24) How much of the movie have Ms. Weis and Mr. Hickman seen?

At this time, all of it, like the rest of us Mr. Hickman received a prerelease full copy of the movie, which he not only watched but also podcasted a review for. You can find said review at the Dragonhearth.

1.25) Will certain parts of the book be cut out of the movie?

As with any adaptation of a novel into a movie, certain cuts do have to be made. For example, the Wicker Dragon sequence was cut because, although it was quite funny, it did nothing to further the plot of the story. George Strayton was quite adamant in his interview that he kept as much as he possibly could.

1.26) Will classic Dragonlance artwork be integrated into the film?

No. The production teams are usied different artists and based artwork off of Devil's Due Publishing's Dragonlance comic work.

1.27) Will the movie open with an expositional monologue?

Yuppers. From the great Fizbu... err.. Fuzzba.. From Paladine!

1.28) Does the movie stick to the chronological order of events presented by the book?

Yes, though a few scenes have been added to the beginning to portray the Gods and such.

1.29) Is this going to be more like a kid's movie?

The movie is not shying away from any of the more "adult" elements of the original story such as violence. The audience being targeted is a more mature group, mostly represented as teens through college aged fans.

1.30) Will there be blood?

Yes. People die too. (And they scream "AAAARRRGGHHHHH!!!!" -Tav).

1.31) Is the roadside Draconian attack on the Heroes in the movie?

It is. Ms. Weis saw an early version of it and was very impressed.

1.32) Will there be other tie in products for the movie (Posters, action figures, etc.)?

That's up to Hasbro / Wizards of the Coast and Paramount. Karl Preusser mentioned in his interview that there are plans to release the soundtrack on CD the same day as the DVD release. Promotional cards for the movie were also handed out at GenCon as well as San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and Dragon*Con.

1.33) Will there also be a new Dragonlance video game coming soon?

The rights are currently owned by Atari, but neither they nor Hasbro are talking.

-------- Thus Ends the Q&A -------

Thanks to all of you! I love all you guys, and if we ever meet in real life, I'll buy all of ya a sammich! Promise!

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