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Dragon Hunters
French theatrical release film poster
Directed byGuillaume Ivernel
Arthur Qwak
Written byFrédéric Engel-Lenoir
Arthur Qwak
Based onDragon Hunters
by Arthur Qwak
Produced byPhilippe Delarue
Tilo Seiffert
StarringFrench version:
Vincent Lindon
Patrick Timsit
Marie Drion
English version:
Forest Whitaker
Rob Paulsen
Mary Mouser
CinematographyArthur Qwak
Edited bySoline Guyonneau
Music byKlaus Badelt
Distributed byFuturikon
BAC Films (France)
Universum Film (UFA) (Germany)
Release date
  • 20 March 2008 (2008-03-20) (Russia and New Zealand)
  • 26 March 2008 (2008-03-26) (France)
  • 5 April 2008 (2008-04-05) (United States)
Running time
82 minutes
Budget€12,000,000 ($14,107,778)
Box office$12,235,843 (€10,406,585) [1]

Dragon Hunters (French: Chasseurs de dragons) is a 2008 French-German-Luxembourgish 3D computer-animated adventure action fantasy comedy-drama family film and fantastic tale telling the adventures of two dragon hunters, written by Frédéric Engel-Lenoir, directed by creator Arthur Qwak and Guillaume Ivernel with music by Klaus Badelt and produced by Philippe Delarue and Tilo Seiffert. It features the voices of Vincent Lindon, Patrick Timsit, Marie Drion in the French version and Forest Whitaker, Rob Paulsen and Mary Mouser in the English version. The film was produced by Futurikon, and co-produced by LuxAnimation, Mac Guff Ligne and Trixter. It shares the same creative universe as the Dragon Hunters TV series. It was released on March 26, 2008 in France and on March 20, 2008 in Russia and New Zealand. It was also distributed by Icon Productions and Bac Films. The film received a Cristal Award nomination for Best Feature and it earned $12,235,843 on a €12,000,000 budget. Dragon Hunters was released on DVD on April 5, 2008 in the United States by Bridge Arch Entertainment, and on November 5, 2008 in France by Warner Home Video.


The world has become a vast arrangement of floating islands of varying sizes and shapes. This dizzy universe is populated with rogues, peasants, and petty lords. Their main concerns are for survival, for this world has become plagued with hungry creatures, who are wreaking havoc, known as dragons.

Lian-Chu and Gwizdo are two dragon hunters, but they are a long way from being among the best. Lian Chu is a hulking brute with the heart of gold, and Gwizdo is an avaricious, high-strung young man with a talent for scams. Their private dream is to own a farm where they can relax and raise sheep.

A few floating islands away, there is a fortress owned by Lord Arnold. The lord has a problem. He has been living in fear of the return of World Eater, a monstrous dragon that rises every twenty years to spread terror and destruction. Nobody has been able to conquer him. And nobody has ever returned alive or sane enough to tell the tale. Lord Arnold's niece Zoe has decided to take matters into her own hands, and she finds Lian-Chu and Gwizdo to help her. She is convinced that they are the heroes of her dreams, and she goes with them to the end of the earth for a fantastic and dangerous adventure.


French cast
Hungarian cast
English cast


On 14 October 2007, it was announced that Arthur Qwak and Guillaume Ivernel were hired and set to direct Dragon Hunters based on the TV series of the same name by Arthur Qwak. Frédéric Engel-Lenoir and Qwak wrote the script for the film. Philippe Delarue and Tilo Seiffert produced the film with the budget of €12,000,000 for release in 2008. On 19 October, it was announced that Rob Paulsen, Forest Whitaker, Mary Mouser, Nick Jameson, Jess Harnell and Dave Wittenberg from the English dubbed version joined the film. On 10 December 2007, it was announced that Klaus Badelt would compose the music for the film. Development and storyboarding of the film was completed in Paris, France. Production then moved to Berlin, Germany and Luxembourg City, Luxembourg for the final phases of animation, lighting, color and production in order to maximize tax credits offered to foreign film projects in Germany and Luxembourg. On 12 December, Futurikon, Bac Films, Icon Productions and Universum Film (UFA) acquired distribution rights to the film. Dragon Hunters was filmed at France, Germany and Luxembourg in January 2008. Jalan Jalan's single, "Lotus", from his 1999 album Bali, was featured in the film.


An English dubbed version starring the voices of Forest Whitaker, Rob Paulsen and Mary Mouser was released in the United States on 5 April 2008.

Home media

Dragon Hunters was released on DVD on November 5, 2008 in France by Warner Home Video. About 1 Million DVDs (French and English version) were sold in the US.


Box office

Dragon Hunters grossed €34,068 in France for a worldwide total of $12,235,843. In Brazil, the film opened to number four in its first weekend, behind Horton Hears a Who!, Doomsday and Never Back Down. In its second weekend, the film moved up to number three. In its third weekend, the film dropped to number four. In its fourth weekend, the film dropped to number five, grossing $61,167.

Critical reception

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes surveyed 9 reviews and found 67% of them to be positive, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "Like the television series that spawned it, Dragon Hunters is a solidly made thrill fest whose poignant themes of teamwork and friendship will linger long after the end credits."[2]


Award Category Nominee Result
Cristal Best Feature Guillaume Ivernel and Arthur Qwak Nominated


Dragon Hunters: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album / Film score by
ReleasedApril 5, 2008
GenreMovie Soundtrack, Film Score
LabelSkylark Sound Studios
ProducerKlaus Badelt
Klaus Badelt film scores chronology
Anything for Her
Dragon Hunters: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Little Nicholas

Dragon Hunters: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the film's soundtrack album and film score made by Klaus Badelt and released on April 5, 2008 by Skylark Sound Studios. Klaus Badelt scored the music for the film and on its soundtrack. The soundtrack also contains "Lotus" performed by Jalan Jalan.

Songs and music

See also


  1. ^, as of 6/20/10
  2. ^ Dragon Hunters, retrieved 2021-08-20