‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Animated Characters Return for Live-Action Car Commercials!

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The cast of the 1980’s Dungeons & Dragons animated series return in live-action… for a series of Brazilian car commercials?!

No, I’m not making this up. The cast of Marvel Production’s classic animated DnD series is perfectly cast for a new series of car commercials for Renault. But there’s one catch — it’s only being aired in Brazil. Thankfully you can catch the preview trailer on YouTube below.

And before that, the teaser…

The casting is brilliant. These kids are dead ringers for their animated counterparts of Hank the Ranger, Eric the Cavalier, Diana the Acrobat, Presto the Magician, Shiela the Thief, and Bobby the Barbarian. Even Dungeon Master makes a cameo in the beginning!

For those of you who haven’t seen the 1980s Dungeons & Dragons animated series, check out the intro below. It’s a classic!

The original series aired for three seasons in the early to mid 1980s, and featured a group of teenagers who were transported from a carnival into the DnD world. The series was produced by Marvel Productions, who also oversaw Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem, My Little Pony, Muppet Babies and a host of other beloved 1980s cartoons.

According to this article, there will be a series of commercials featuring the DnD characters, and accuracy was important to the crew behind it.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look (in Portugese)…

There have also been posters of each individual character released.

I’d be down with a live-action Dungeons & Dragons movie based on the animated series, provided they nailed the casting like they have here. Then again, current year Hollywood doesn’t seem to pay much attention to the source material these days.

Check out more of our thoughts in the video below!

[Hat tip: Hans]

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. We’re going to capture your attention by playing to nostalgia. We’re going to make something that actually LOOKS and FEELS as much like the original as we can, so the people that LIKED the original and made it so POPULAR in the first place will pay attention to our product!

      • Exactly!
        So much of what Hollywood does these days tries to profit off the name recognition of some classic IP without really trying to capture the essence of WHY the name has any recognition. They’re killing the goose trying to get golden eggs out of it.
        This ad company nailed the look and feel of the original D&D cartoon, nailed the one moment any fan of the original wanted to see, in a minute and forty second car commercial that Last Jedi, or Batman vs. Superman couldn’t dig up in a full length movie.

  2. “…current year Hollywood doesn’t seem to pay much attention to the source material these days.”

    I think the opposite is happening. We’ve seen a lot more faithful adaptations than we used to see.

    I mean, we laugh about how the Mario Brothers were father and son that were sucked into Cyberpunk Dinosaur Dystopia with Sting as Bowser, but that was the way adaptations were done back then. The source material was seen only as a launching point, and faithlessness of film adaptations was seen as “broadening the audience.”

    But in the post Lord of the Rings world, we squabble about minor points of divergence for Game of Thrones, or minor changes to character powers in the Avengers.

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