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''Dragon Tales'' was an animated Sesame Workshop and Columbia [=TriStar=]/Sony Pictures show on PBSKids. Its original run lasted from 1999 to 2005. Repeats were also seen on PBSKidsSprout, but are no longer being broadcast, though a number of DVD releases remain available. As of January 2013, it is now available on Netflix instant streaming.

Max and Emmy find a magical dragon scale upon moving into their new home. By reciting the rhyme, "I wish, I wish, with all my heart, to fly with dragons, in a land apart," the magic sends them to [[MagicalLand Dragonland]]. Once there, they meet and play with their new magical dragon friends: Cassie, Ord, Zak and Wheezie (the latter two are a [[PolarOppositeTwins two-headed dragon]]). They are also often accompanied by the CoolOldGuy dragon Quetzal, and in later seasons, they are joined by their friend Enrique.

The show has a considerable PeripheryDemographic, as it resembles an [[TheEighties 1980s]] cartoon that was trapped in a time warp. Well, it's colorful, fantasy themed, and is enjoyably trippy at times. [[MyLittlePony Sound familiar]]? (Note that {{Sugar Apocalypse}}s are not part of the package on this show - although, amusingly, this show [[HeyItsThatVoice shares some talent with]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the latest incarnation of that show]].)

Not to be confused with ''DragonTails''.

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbsenteeActor: Cassie is missing without any explanation in "Wheezie's Last Laugh".
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Zak in "Calling Dr. Zak" after stepping on the spinypine thorn, though it's Wheezie's foot that hops up and down while his foot, with the thorn in it, stays off the ground.
* AHeadAtEachEnd: Meow the [=CopyCat=].
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: The dragons come in all colors of the rainbow.
* AnimationBump: Some episodes such as "The Fury is Out on this One" and "Bully for You" have much more expressive and less stiff animation than most of the others, which makes it even more glaring when the StockFootage mentioned below is used.
* AnnoyingLaugh: Mr. Pop's laugh in "Wheezie's Last Laugh".
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: The Grudge in "The Grudge Won't Budge" and the Fury in "The Fury is Out on this One".
* ArgumentOfContradictions: In "Tails You Lose," Zak is conducting a game of freeze dance with the song "The Wings on the Dragon," a variation of "The Wheels on the Bus." He conducts and sings the song very slowly, leading Wheezie complain that fast music is better for the game. Zak responds "Is not," she says "Is too!" and they're off, until Wheezie snatches the baton and conducts the game to a fast version of the song.
* AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: "The Giant of Nod" centers around this. Then it turns out the giant is hardly giant to the main cast.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: Princess Kadoodle.
* BeYourself
* BigEater: Ord.
* BilingualBonus: Because everything is better bilingual.
* BreathWeapon: Subverted. Fire breath is rarely used as a weapon and more like a tool in the series.
* BrokenAesop: One episode features Cassie showing off her new anthropomorphic crayon that is capable of bringing anything you draw with it to life. She has to learn to share it with everyone else, even if it means she gets no time with it. The problem is that it ''never once occurs to her to draw more crayons.'' That's not what makes it this trope though; what does is that the episode ''very clearly demonstrates this'' as being a possible solution when the crayon draws clones of himself to help clean a mess.
* TheBully: Spike is one in "Bully for You," until the problem is solved. Also, "Teasing is Not Pleasing" is about a dragon-basketball team that teases Emmy.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: The kids use a rhyme to get to Dragonland and back, so yes, this counts.
* ButtMonkey: Zak. It's very subtle, but watch the series carefully and you'll catch all sorts of little abuses happening to him.
* CatchPhrase: "Definitely!" for Emmy, "[=LOoOoOoOve=] it!" for Wheezie, among others. The latter is often the [[BerserkButton tipping point]] for older viewers.
* CharacterDevelopment
* TheClan: Cassie. She's got a bigger family than me and you. Her brothers and sisters total seventy-two.
* CluelessAesop: Occasionally. See Inspirationally Disadvantaged immediately below. There was also a very odd episode where Wheezie must learn patience and to wait her turn for a roller coaster. Thing is, one of the reasons humans enjoy and built roller coasters is because they are lacking in the wings department.
* CompressedVice: Usually, the show can get away with averting this (generally the morals are assigned to characters it would fit the best on, and when it won't, they typically introduce a side character to take care of it), but when it happens, ''it shows''. Probably the worst example is "Tails You Lose" -- Emmy, clean out of nowhere, gains a SoreLoser trait with no buildup or explanation at the beginning of the episode. She had never shown any signs of this in any previous episode, even when she did lose a game.
* CuddleBug: Ord often tends to give Max and Emmy a big hug when they arrive in Dragon Land, much to their chagrin, as he's much bigger than them and tends to squish them a bit.
* DragonRider:
** Emmy and Max get to ride on the dragons at least OnceAnEpisode.
** Zak and Wheezie usually don't have anybody to ride them, at least until Enrique comes around. Played for laughs when he is introduced -- he thinks that he's about to ride Zak and Wheezie like a horse, not realizing they're about to get airborne.
* EfficientDisplacement: Ord likes to do this a lot in the show.
** In "Forest of Darkness" he leaves a nice clean outline in the ground when a gigantic gum bubble pops.
** Ord does this through several clouds in "Stormy Weather".
** "On Thin Ice" sends Ord sliding into a wall of snow when he slips.
** Max and Eunice the Unicorn do this with a tree in "A Tall Tale".
** Max does this a second time with Enrique when they crash their sled in "Super Snow Day".
** Mondo Mouse sees it fit to send the entire gang doing this through rainbow in "Max's Comic Adventure".
* EstablishingShot: Almost every episode begins with a street view of Max and Emmy's house. It appears to be in the southern United States, with a Mexican architectural design and palm trees. This outside view and the interior of the kids' playroom is all we ever see of the human world, save for a few small peeks of the hallway when somebody opens the door to the playroom.
* TheFaceless: The dragon parents, such as those of Ord and Cassie, make appearances in some episodes; however, their faces are never shown and they are only viewed from the neck down.
* FacePalm: Zak does this in "Knot a Problem" when Wheezie asks who she can be with when they go to search for the missing pony, Winnie, and Zak indicates himself, then Wheezie acts like she got a brainwave and says she can be with him.
* [[FaeriesDontBelieveInHumansEither Dragons Don't Believe in Humans Either]]: Before meeting Emmy and Max, Ord and Cassie had only seen kids in fairy tales. Later, Spike didn't know what Emmy and Max were until Cassie told him they're children.
* FantasticFlora: All of the characters loved the dragonberries, though Ord was definitely the biggest fan. Also, Dragon Land is loaded with unusual plants in general-- the third season story "A Small Victory" features all of the main characters (and guest Lorca) searching for unusual flowers.
* FearOfThunder: Poor Ord...
* FeudEpisode: Max and Ord begin fighting with each other about which color to use for the castles they were making whilst pretending to be kings. Eventually, they lament about how they're going to stop fighting. In the end, they solve the problem by combining their preferred colors to make one big castle.
** Also, in "Tails You Lose," Emmy actually wishes herself back home for a while after getting into an argument.
* FloatingInABubble: Ord in one episode, after he overshoots his use of bubble soap. The others have to freeze the bubble by heading the coldest part of Dragonland in order to get him out.
--> '''Ord:''' (shivering) It's freezing! \\
'''Everyone else:''' Good!
* ForgottenBirthday: "Ord's Unhappy Birthday". JawDrop when his friends surprise him.
* {{Forgiveness}}
* FourFingeredHands on the dragons, five fingers for the humans.
* FreakinessShame: In one episode, where the gang meets Priscilla, a dragon who is embarrassed by her abnormally large wings.
* FreeRangeChildren: [[PlayingWithATrope Subverted, averted, and played straight, with even frequency.]]
* GenderBender: Zak and Wheezie. If they have ''two heads'', and only ''one body''...'''[[FridgeHorror how can they possibly be of two separate genders?]]'''
** Perhaps by having male "equipment" on Zak's half of the body, and female "equipment" on Wheezie's half of the body? [[FridgeBrilliance The only biological distinction between male and female is that equipment, after all, or we wouldn't bother with calling some people "boys" and some people "girls".]]
* GentleGiant: Mungus, fortunately for the TrueCompanions.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Priscilla, the manager at the lost-and-found, who during her first appearance, was feeling embarrassed because her wings (often called "feathers") were bigger than other dragons'. She eventually realized that ''boy dragons like girl dragons with big wings'' and raises her self-esteem.
** Also, the show got away with "stupid," which is normally taboo on shows like this.
** A subtle example: Cassie has a massive number of siblings--''72 siblings'', actually! Exactly how often were Cassie's parents, um, madly in love with each other that they had ''that'' many babies?
** Don't forget one of Max's first lines in the show.
-->'''Max''': I don't like our new house! It's dumb!
* GratuitousSpanish: Quetzal and Enrique. And sometimes, the original kids too.
** At one point they decided to sing "Are You Sleeping?" in Spanish, despite it being a French song.
* GreenEyedMonster: In "Cassie the Green-Eyed Dragon," Cassie takes her cute little baby brother Finn to school and gets jealous when everyone pays him attention and doesn't notice her achievements. As this is one of those shows that teaches kids how to handle their emotions, Quetzal helps her by explaining how we all feel jealous sometimes and gives her some help to feel better.
* GrowlingGut: Happens to some characters like Zak, Wheezie or Cassie, but mostly Ord as he is gifted with a stomach bigger than himself!
* GrumpyBear: Zak, to a certain extent.
* HarmlessVillain: Cyrus the [[SmugSnake Slinky Serpent]], included to function as a "bad guy". The worst things he does are done almost exclusively to find food. For example, he takes Emmy's detective kit to find Dragongull eggs to eat, which is seen by the cast as more of an immoral act than the actual theft itself.
** Not only that, he gives up ''very easily'', mostly stalking off in a huff.
* HeyThatsMyLine: The Grudge in "The Grudge Won't Budge" when Wheezie says that she and Zak are pals forever.
* HoldingHands: Max and Emmy do this to go home together.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: "More fun than a barrel full of dragonmonkeys." Probably plenty of other instances as well.
* IHaveThisFriend: Used in one episode by Emmy when she breaks Wheezie's trumpet.
* InspirationallyDisadvantaged: Lorca. We get what they were trying to do with him, but it's still [[IneptAesop a little jarring]] to see a dragon in a wheelchair.
* InevitableWaterfall: Subverted, Ord is upset when the group's boat has to be refitted for him. He gets a chance to shine when the waterfall comes, [[ChekhovsGunman blocking the water long enough for the others to fly away.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: The Grudge in "The Grudge Won't Budge" has one that plays each time he speaks to Zak, wheedling him to hang on to him, along with his feelings of anger and resentment towards Wheezie.
* {{Licensed Game}}s: Two for the GameBoyColor, one for the GameBoyAdvance, one for the {{Playstation}}...
** {{Edutainment Game}}s: ... and three edutainment titles for PC/Macs.
* LimitedWardrobe: Like ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', this show makes a direct connection between wardrobe and setting. The kids each have helmets, pajamas, winter clothes, and swimsuits.
* MagicCarpet: "Max and the Magic Carpet", natch.
* MakeAWish
* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Cassie's family.
* MobySchtick
* MultipleHeadCase: But they're two entirely different individuals.
** [[FridgeLogic Of two entirely different sexes...]]
* MundaneUtility: Fire breath is often used as a substitute oven or microwave.
* NarniaTime: Can get confusing at times. It may be sunny outside when they leave for Dragon Land, and then when they get back, it'll be pouring rain. Also, it seems possible that the reason their parents don't notice they're missing is that the magic of Dragon Land / the dragon scale has a sort of InvisibleToNormals effect, so that any time anyone starts to wonder where they are, they find themselves thinking about something else instead.
* TheNicknamer: The Grudge in "The Grudge Won't Budge." "Zackarooni, Zackmeister," pretty much a different one each time it addresses him.
* NoMeansYes: The Grudge in "The Grudge Won't Budge" to Zak, the first time he tries to tell him to leave. "Your lips say 'Yes, yes,' but there's a 'No, no' in your eyes."
** A rare [[JustifiedTrope justified]] variation of this trope, however: the Grudge is a magical creature and ''will not'' leave unless Zak actually loses his grudge against Wheezie. The first time Zak tells the Grudge to leave, he's only doing it because he's told to, and the Grudge senses Zak's insincerity since Zak is still mad at Wheezie.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Only Zak can choose to get rid of the Grudge in "The Grudge Won't Budge." If anyone else tries to remove it by force, it just clings on all the tighter.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
--> '''Ord''': Can we eat later? *friends gasp* What. What?
* [[CityOfAdventure Other World of Adventure]]: Dragonland itself, of course.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: One with the stomach of a bottomless pit, a little shy one from a extremely reproductive family, a two headed one, one in a wheelchair, a few Hispanic ones, one that is essentially an organic ''roller coaster''... enough variety for you?
* PajamaCladHero: One episode starts at dawn, and another starts at sunset.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Cassie and Ord, respectively. Zak and Wheezie sort of count too as a green boy/purple girl.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: The Giant of Nod, who is only giant to the nodlings but miniature to the dragons and humans. Despite this, he's capable all of the three main dragons and the siblings up at the same time and chucking them into a tree off in the distance.
* PrimalFear: Ord and his fear of darkness
* PungeonMaster: Sid Sycamore. His schtick is very specific-- all of his puns use terms related to trees-- i.e. "leaf / leave," "bark," etc.
* RememberedICouldFly: In "A Liking to Biking," Ord bicycles off the edge of a cliff and is left dangling from a tire swing, scared out of his mind that he's going to fall, until Cassie reminds him, "Ord! You're a dragon! Use your wings!"
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent:
** Mostly averted in the show itself, for obvious reasons. But Cyrus, arguably the most reptilian character in the series, is portrayed as a thief and a liar.
** There's a child psychologist who warns parents against letting young children watch ''Dragon Tales'' because "they may get the idea that reptiles are okay to play with." Never mind that the series is set in a Magical Land and the dragons don't even look particularly reptilian.
* RiddleMeThis: One of the trolls.
* RummageFail: This happened with Ord when reaching for items in his tummy pouch.
* RunningGag:
** Max and Emmy return home, and Max promptly falls asleep.
** Max and Emmy come home full, and immediately are told to come into the kitchen and eat.
* ScoutOut: Cassie invites Emmy to her Dragon Scouts meeting as a guest.
* ShamefulShrinking: Cassie had a tendency to shrink when she felt upset or ashamed about something.
* ShapedLikeItself: Wheezie's standard "I just love X. It's so... X-ing!"
* ShorterMeansSmarter: Cassie is the [[TheSmartGuy Smart Girl]], and she becomes even smaller when frightened.
* SiblingSenioritySquabble:
--> '''Wheezie:''' I'm older! My head hatched out of the egg first!\\
'''Zak:''' Only by three little seconds!
* SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Despite being added on equal status with Max and Emmy, Enrique wasn't put in the show intro.
* SlumberParty: Max and Emmy need to get home, and Cassie is nervous about her first one. [[SubvertedTrope They agree to leave together at bedtime.]]
* SoreLoser: The theme of "Tails You Lose," which centers around Emmy's inability to tolerate losing.
* TheSpeechless: The doodle fairies can only communicate by drawing.
* StartMyOwn: ''Boy, oh boy.'' Fun house, puppet show, [[TreehouseOfFun treehouse]]...
* StockAudioClip: Max and Emmy reciting the rhymes to go to and leave Dragon Land almost never changes, in fact the only times it really does are when it needs to be subverted, such as when they interrupt it.
* StockFootage: The dragons flying off the wall and circling around Max and Emmy has the same animation in almost every episode, especially the early ones. Some later episodes did change it up a bit though.
* SugarBowl: Dragon Land fits this trope perfectly.
** The number one rule in Dragon Land is: "You can never ''hit anyone''." This makes it possible for Dragon Land to be a place with ''no violence''. (We first learn about the rule in "No Hitter" when Max hits Ord out of frustration: Dragon Land is enough of a sugar bowl that this is treated in-universe as something heinous.)
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Personified by characters such as the Grudge in "The Grudge Won't Budge." Used frequently in other instances as well.
* Literature/ThreeLittlePigs: The characters perform this in "Four Little Pigs," though as the title indicates, with their own special twist.
* ThreeShorts: Dragon Tunes is the B in an ABA format.
* TitleDrop: Emmy with the title of the episode in "The Grudge Won't Budge."
** [[spoiler: At the end of the last episode: A Storybook Ending.]]
* TitleThemeTune: "Dragon Tales, Dragon Tales! / It's almost time for Dragon Tales...!"
** ThemeTuneRollCall: For the first two seasons. Max and Emmy are mentioned first, then each of the main dragon Characters (Ord, Cassie, Zak and Wheezie)
* ToiletHumor: Not even this show was immune; in "Snow Dragons", there was the Burping Rock.
* TokenMinority: Lorca, the dragon in the wheelchair.
* {{Uncanceled}}: Sort of. There was a four year gap between the second and third seasons. Many people thought the show was gone for good, until Sesame Workshop announced the third season as a sort of ReTool, featuring Enrique and an emphasis on Hispanic culture and folk songs.
* TheVoice: Max and Emmy's parents always call to them from elsewhere in the house (downstairs?) but we never see them, or the rest of the house besides the playroom. (This includes their bedrooms.) Their mom is heard more often.
* WalkIntoCameraObstruction:
** "Not Separated At Birth" with Zak and Wheezie as they're flying around after being back together again then fades to Max and Emmy's room.
** "The Talent Pool" with Ord as he runs over to Max and Emmy to hug them.
* WaterIsDry: Whenever Max or Emmy fall in water.
* WidelySpacedJailBars: In "Max's Comic Adventure," the gaps between the bars of Mondo Mouse's cage are clearly big enough for him to just walk through, but nevertheless, Max, Emmy and the dragons have to rescue him by figuring out a code to raise up the bars, making it a serious example.
* WildCardExcuse: Several occur in "Ord's Unhappy Birthday", such as this one:
--> '''Max''': We can't, we have to go meet Cassie to set up for the par-
--> '''Emmy''': Picnic! (Beat) Uhh...Max and I are having a picnic with Cassie, so uhh... Happy Birthday Ord...bye!
* WingedUnicorn: Eunice in ''A Tall Tale''. She even has a golden horn. And, [[HeyItsThatVoice was voiced by]] [[MyLittlePonyG3 G3 Pinkie Pie]]. There's also a bunch of young unicorns in "Making it Fun" and they're all winged too, so maybe all unicorns in Dragon Land have wings.
* WorthlessTreasureTwist: Captain Scaliwag's treasure in "Sky Pirates" turns out to be pictures he drew as a little boy.
* WrittenInAbsence: Emmy, Cassie, Zak and Wheezie are each absent for at least one episode.

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