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Ronnie Was Thinking of Doing An Animated Musical w/ David Lee Roth Voice as Main Character-Wendy Dio

Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice recently spoke to Wendy Dio for the upcoming Deluxe DVD, Blu-Ray release of 'Dreamers never Die' the Dio documentary.

She also spoke about upcoming Dio's, box set, his legacy and about Ronnie thinking of doing an animation movie in the 80's using David lee Roth as main character

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In the interview The Metal Voice asked Wendy Dio to confirm whether it was true or not that Ronnie James Dio in the 80's was thinking about doing an animated musical using David Lee Roth's voice as the main character she said, "yeah, (laughs), it was true. It was very true. We wanted a cartoon, (laughs) the story of Murray (bands mascot). Then the Metal Voice asked if it was middle-earth themed and how far did Ronnie get she said, "yep it was middle earth, it was a musical. I don't think it got to paper (to be written down). Ronnie was very much doing one thing at a time. If he was home writing songs he was only doing that. So he did not multi-task very well. It was going to be (animated movie) the story of Murray. Murray is the name Ronnie gave to that monster (album of Holy Diver).

“A good documentary keeps the viewer locked into every moment, and leaves them disappointed when it finally ends. Dio: Dreamers Never Die is not a good documentary. It is a great one.” So begins the recently-posted review from of “DIO: Dreamers Never Die,” the first-ever, career-spanning documentary on the life and times of the late legendary metal icon Ronnie James Dio.

The acclaimed film, which world premiered at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, enjoyed a special event theatrical release in more than 600 cinemas worldwide last fall and is streaming on SHOWTIME, will be released worldwide by Mercury Studios on September 29, 2023 on DVD and Blu-Ray+4K and as a special Deluxe Edition featuring the DVD and Blu-Ray packaged with exclusive merchandise.

All of these configurations of the film include a 20-minute selection of deleted and extended scenes restored from the cutting room floor to create a special fan experience, and all are available for pre-order now at

The limited Deluxe Edition is packaged in a two-piece lift-off lid box containing both the DVD and Blu-Ray versions of the film plus branded DIO merchandise that includes logoed trading cards, guitar picks, lapel pin, coasters and a fold out poster from the film.

Additionally, fans are able to purchase the film along with bundles of exclusive Dreamers Never Die merchandise, including a Limited Edition Screen Print Movie Poster, Dreamers Never Die T-Shirts, Hoodies, Trucker Hats and Beanies, Etched Beer Stein, Mousepad, Tote Bag, Replica of “Dio Way” Street Sign, and Word Magnet set as well as a Raglan Shirt and Dome Pin celebrating Dio’s first band, Elf.

Photo by Gene Kirkland

Dio’s widow and longtime manager, Wendy Dio, who executive produced the film, commented: “I wanted this documentary to be authentic, for the fans to see the roller coaster ride that was Ronnie's life—the good times, the bad times and everything in between, especially including events that even the most diehard fans would not have known about. It’s all in there, right up to the very end.”

Fully authorized by the artist’s estate, “DIO: Dreamers Never Die” was directed by Don Argott and Demian Fenton (Framing John DeLorean, Believer, Last Days Here), produced by Don Argott and Sheena Joyce for 9.14 Pictures, and executive produced by Wendy Dio for Niji Productions and Kathy Rivkin Daum for BMG.

BMG and Niji Entertainment Group Inc. have partnered to issue Limited Edition Deluxe CD & LP boxsets of Ronnie James Dio’s final 4 studio albums on September 22nd. Titled The Studio Albums: 1996-2004, the set will include Angry Machines (1996), Magica (2000), Killing the Dragon (2002), and Master of the Moon (2004). The LP Set is housed in a sideloading box with newly created art on five 180g color LP’s (Angry Machines on Halloween Orange w/ Black Marble LP, Killing the Dragon on transparent yellow w/ black marble LP, Master of the Moon on electric blue w/ milky clear marble LP & Magica on transparent blood red & black smoke 2LP plus the rare single “Electra” on a cobalt blue 7”.)

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