Dragon Hunters (film)
French theatrical poster
|Directed by||Guillaume Ivernel
|Produced by||Philippe Delarue
|Written by||Frédéric Engel-Lenoir
|Music by||Klaus Badelt|
|Editing by||Soline Guyonneau|
|Running time||80 minutes|
Dragon Hunters (French: Chasseurs de dragons) is a 2008 French computer-animated fantasy film, directed by creator Arthur Qwak and Guillaume Ivernel. It stars the voices of Vincent Lindon, Patrick Timsit and Marie Drion. The film was produced by Futurikon, and co-produced by LuxAnimation, Mac Guff Ligne and Trixter. It is based on the Dragon Hunters TV series.
Lord Arnold wants to find knights to destroy the World Gobbler, a powerful dragon which awakens every 20 years and causes great destruction. His grandniece, Zoe, is a child passionate with the fairy tale knights, especially Silver Knight Gothik, and upon hearing her uncle's distress, flees the castle in search of him. Eventually Zoe is attacked by a pair of dragons, and Lian-Chu, a roving dragon hunter, rescues her, leading Zoe to think that Lian-Chu is a knight. Gwizdo, the leader of the group convinces Lian-Chu to pretend to be a knight when they hear that Zoe's uncle is rich, thus enabling them to fulfill their dream of someday owning a farm. They decide to go to the castle, whereupon the blind Lord approves Lian-Chu's bid as a knight, and briefs him on the World Gobbler. Their mission is to stop the World Gobbler from destroying their world.
Gwizdo and his friends set off to the end of the world where the dragon`s ancient lair is, among the ruins of already dead cities. They find that the "World Gobbler" is a skeletal dragon in which Zoe had seen in her nightmares. Lian-Chu battles with the dragon and hides when he knows he is no match. The dragon in turn tries to eat Gwizdo, Zoe, and Hector. Just when the dragon is about to eat his friends and they desperately call him, Lian-Chu has a flashback of him making a childhood promise to slay the dragon. Lian-Chu regains his courage and throws his two knitting needles into the only vulnerable part of the dragon, the eyes. The World Gobbler agonizes and dies, and with a blinding flash the world of ruins and the growing darkness is transformed into a world of green fields. The Lord is also cured, but turned back on his promise to reward Gwizdo and Lian-Chu. Zoe leaves her uncle to live with her heroes. She takes some of her uncle's money and gives it to Gwizdo and Lian-Chu for their future journeys and their home.
|Character||French Voice Actor||English Voice Actor|
|Gwizdo||Patrick Timsit||Rob Paulsen|
|Lian-Chu||Vincent Lindon||Forest Whitaker|
|Zoé||Marie Drion||Mary Mouser|
|Lord Arnold||Philippe Nahon||Nick Jameson|
|Gildas||Amanda Lear||Jess Harnell|
|Hector||Jeremy Prevost||Dave Wittenberg|