The Legend of Spyro 3D (cancelled CGI animated film based on video game series; late 2000s)
The Legend of Spyro 3D was a CGI animated film adaptation of the Spyro the Dragon video game franchise, based on the game trilogy The Legend of Spyro. It was produced by Universal Animation Studios, and had a set release date for December of 2009. It was later pushed back to April 10th, 2010, before being cancelled completely in favor of Activison's new direction for the series, which was later revealed to be Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure in 2011. Information on the plot of the film has surfaced online, along with a mock-up poster, however no footage from the film has ever made its way to the public.
In October of 2007, The Animation Picture Company obtained the film rights for the Spyro series from Activision, with Daniel and Steven Altiere to write the script. John Davis, Dan Chuba, Brain Manis, and Ash Shah were to produce the film, with Mark A.Z. Dippe set as both director as producer. Velvet Octopus would’ve done advertising for the film and distribute it alongside Universal Pictures.
The film would’ve opened with The Dark Master, the villain of the film, using his forces to destroy a temple housing a dragon egg. The egg is prophesied to stop him from conquering the world, and is an extremely rare purple type born every ten generations. Ignitus, an egg guardian, saves the egg of the unborn dragon, and lets it drift downriver, hoping for its survival. This egg is Spyro, who's discovered by a family of dragonflies. One day, following the aftermath of an attack by unknown forces, Spyro finds out he is adopted. He leaves his home, in search of his true origins. Accompanying him is his friend Sparx, a young dragonfly. Throughout their journey, the duo rescues other dragons and tries their best to defeat the deadly Dark Master. They also meet Cynder, a powerful black dragon with a red crystal around her neck that enslaves her to do the Dark Masters' bidding. After acquiring new skills, Spyro finally learns the real identity behind Cynder. He destroys the red crystal, freeing Cynder and releasing the dead from their enslavement of the Dark Master. Thus, restoring order to the world without the cost of his spirit.
Though it was scheduled for a Christmas 2009 release for the U.S and Canada, the film was later delayed to April of 2010. During that period, no news of the film surfaced, and when April of 2010 came, there was still no sign of the film. It was later revealed that same month that the film was scrapped due to Activision planning to take Spyro into another direction, which came in the form of Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure, later released in 2011 Other than a teaser poster, nothing else from the film has yet to surface.
- A brief synopsis from Wikipedia detailing the film. Retrieved 19 July '20
- A plot synopsis on the film from the Legend of Spyro 3D page on the Spyro Wiki. Retrieved 19 Jul '20
- A news article on the films announcement. Retrieved 19 Jul '20
- A lineup of films Velvet Octopus developed on 2008, with The Legend of Spyro 3D being included. Retrieved 19 Jul '20
- A plot synopsis of the film from the fansite darkSpyro. Retrieved 19 Jul '20
- News of the films cancellation from the fansite darkSpyro. Retrieved 19 Jul '20