A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine received a package from a fellow we had both known and hung out with last summer. It contained a DVD – Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, an animated feature length version of the book by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.
I will admit to emitting a squeal of delight when he showed it to me. Into my mind flashed memories of backyard epics in Kennebunk, the neighborhood kids and my sisters and I acting out dramas filled with fairies and dwarfs, sword fights and ship wreaks.
My memory focused a bit and I could see the face of Ryan, the 15 year old kid who lent me Drangonlance books and orchestrated our reenactments of them. (He and a buddy of his could also do a word-for-word, motion-for-motion reenactment of the sword fight between Westley and Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride – my sisters and I were in awe.)
When we watched Dragons of Autumn Twilight a couple of days ago, my friend and I couldn’t keep from getting excited as we pieced together our memories of the book, accurately predicting what would happen next, and picked out characters we hadn’t given a thought to in years. With Kiefer Sutherland and Lucy Lawless lending their voices, and several different animation styles gracing the screen, we couldn’t help but be pleased with the silliness of the whole thing.
The film was released last year – when are they making another one? At least we can re-read the books while we wait!