History WesternAnimation / TheFlightOfDragons

22nd Nov '16 5:54:46 PM PaulA
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''The Flight of Dragons'' is a Creator/RankinBassProductions animated film, produced in 1982, but not aired until 1986. It is loosely adapted from Creator/GordonRDickson's fantasy novel ''[[Literature/TheDragonKnight The Dragon and the George]]''. However, it replaces the main character with Creator/PeterDickinson, the real life author who wrote ''[[Literature/TheFlightOfDragons The Flight of Dragons]]'', an art book that proposes scientific reasons for the [[HereThereWereDragons prior existence of dragons]]. Got all that?

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''The Flight of Dragons'' is a Creator/RankinBassProductions animated film, produced in 1982, but not aired until 1986. It is loosely adapted from Creator/GordonRDickson's fantasy novel ''[[Literature/TheDragonKnight The Dragon and the George]]''. ''Literature/TheDragonAndTheGeorge''. However, it replaces the main character with Creator/PeterDickinson, the real life author who wrote ''[[Literature/TheFlightOfDragons The Flight of Dragons]]'', ''Literature/TheFlightOfDragons'', an art book that proposes scientific reasons for the [[HereThereWereDragons prior existence of dragons]]. Got all that?
19th Nov '16 9:47:52 AM Mario500
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The film features a remarkably effective voice cast: the late John Ritter is highly sympathetic as Peter, Harry Morgan an amusingly eccentric Carolinus, Victor Buono (in his last role before his untimely death) a convincingly growly Aragh, James Gregory surprisingly lovable as the elderly dragon Smrgol (while also being chillingly menacing as the evil dragon Bryagh) -- and Creator/JamesEarlJones sonorous and magisterially evil as the Red Wizard Ommadon.

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The film features a remarkably effective voice cast: the late John Ritter is highly sympathetic as Peter, Harry Morgan an amusingly eccentric Carolinus, Victor Buono (in his last role before his untimely death) a convincingly growly Aragh, James Gregory surprisingly lovable as the elderly dragon Smrgol (while also being chillingly menacing as the evil dragon Bryagh) -- and Creator/JamesEarlJones sonorous and magisterially evil as the Red Wizard Ommadon.
7th Oct '16 11:47:58 PM Saveelich
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* NaiveNewcomer: Peter, in Gorbash's body, must learn how to live as a dragon and fight as a dragon.



* NoSell: Peter charging the Ogre of Gormley Keep and using his fire breath. None of these work, and it's up to the Smrgol to defeat the ogre the only way that works: making him fall from his ramparts.

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* NoSell: Peter charging the Ogre of Gormley Keep and using his fire breath. None of these work, and it's up to the old Smrgol to defeat the ogre the only way that works: making him fall from his ramparts.
7th Oct '16 11:46:34 PM Saveelich
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* NoSell: Peter charging the Ogre of Gormley Keep and using his fire breath. None of these work, and it's up to the Smrgol to defeat the ogre the only way that works: making him fall from his ramparts.



* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Dragon biology is discussed rather in depth, including their need to eat limestone to generate hydrogen gas, which enables them to fly and breathe fire, as well as their use of soft metal for bedding, as it will not catch fire. This is actually in reference to the Real Life book ''The Flight of Dragons'' by Peter Dickinson. In it the author hypothesizes that dragons evolved from dinosaurs, survived extinction by pure luck, and evolved to fly and breathe fire using the aforementioned gas.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Dragon biology is discussed rather in depth, in-depth, including their need to eat limestone to generate hydrogen gas, which enables them to fly and breathe fire, as well as their use of soft metal for bedding, as it will not catch fire. This is actually in reference to the Real Life book ''The Flight of Dragons'' by Peter Dickinson. In it the author hypothesizes that dragons evolved from dinosaurs, survived extinction by pure luck, and evolved to fly and breathe fire using the aforementioned gas.
5th Oct '16 2:35:06 AM Saveelich
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* BrownNote: The Sandmirks cricket-like sound is very painful to hear. Even worse if there's a lot of them nearby.
4th Oct '16 3:15:00 AM Saveelich
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* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Sir Orrin dies by the fire of Bryagh but manages to kill him, after a BadassCreed.
2nd Oct '16 6:19:55 AM Saveelich
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* {{Cyclops}}: The giant [[OurOgresAreHungrier ogre]] whose castle is the gate to Ommadon's kingdom.
** He has two eyes, but he used to have three.


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* ExtraEyes: The giant [[OurOgresAreHungrier Ogre]] of Gormley Keep, whose castle is the gate to Ommadon's kingdom, used to have three eyes (with one on his forehead) and lost one prior to the film.
2nd Oct '16 6:08:34 AM Saveelich
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Smrgol.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Smrgol.[[spoiler:Smrgol dies after making the Ogre of Gormely Keep fall from his rampart, as the fight was too much strain for his old heart.]]
15th Aug '16 6:50:57 PM creader
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* AGodAmI: Ommadon has a fairly [[EvilIsHammy spectacular]] rant on this topic upon going OneWingedAngel. [[DefiedTrope Peter has none of it]].
--> '''Ommadon:''' I am the ''world'', and the world... is Ommadon. I can do ''anything''. Test me. Ask me to reach up and pluck down the Sun... what magic but mine, could move the Sun?



* EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped / {{Mondegreen}}: The closed captioning regularly confuses a dragon's ''hoard'' for a dragon's ''horn''.

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* EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped / {{Mondegreen}}: EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped: The closed captioning regularly confuses a dragon's ''hoard'' for a dragon's ''horn''.



* AGodAmI: Ommadon has a fairly [[EvilIsHammy spectacular]] rant on this topic upon going OneWingedAngel. [[DefiedTrope Peter has none of it]].
--> '''Ommadon:''' I am the ''world'', and the world... is Ommadon. I can do ''anything''. Test me. Ask me to reach up and pluck down the Sun... what magic but mine, could move the Sun?



* MissingMom[=/=]DisappearedDad: Princess Melisande's parents were killed by "the night demons" when she was a small child, resulting in her being HappilyAdopted by Carolinus. No explanation is ever offered for what became of the kingdom of which she is a princess.


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* ParentalAbandonment: Princess Melisande's parents were killed by "the night demons" when she was a small child, resulting in her being HappilyAdopted by Carolinus. No explanation is ever offered for what became of the kingdom of which she is a princess.
27th Jul '16 1:03:37 PM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: While initially amused at Carolinus' choice to lead the quest to capture his crown, Ommadon realizes Antiquity must have had a reason and sends Bryagh to deal with Peter.
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