Animation / Dragon and Slipper

Dragon and Slipper (originally Sárkány és Papucs) is a Hungarian animated film from 1990, produced by Pannonia Film Studio. Created by Hernádi Tibor, Dargay Attila (Lúdas Matyi, Vuk the Little Fox, Treasure of Swamp Castle) and Nepp József (Cat City), the film is a parody of the Love Triangle stories between King Arthur, Queen Guinevra and Lancelot.

Arthur and Guinevra had been married for seven years, but throught out the years the king completely ignored his beautiful wife, favoring "sportmanship" over wedged life, throwing tourneys for his knights everyday, which are so loud, they're driving the already stressed out queen insane. To regain Arthur's love, she follows the advice of her servant Peggy, and asks for a Love Potion from Merlin, the Druid. He creates one, and gives her the instructions, to cook plum pie/pudding for Arthur, add one drop of the potion to it, and repeat this treatment everyday for one year. Guinevra however pours the entire bottle into the first pudding. To make things worse, Arthur refuses to eat it, because he can't stand plums, and offers it to his favorite knight Lancelot (who also happens to be Peggy's gallant), who becomes completely obsessesed with Guinevra from it.

Compare Süsü, a sárkány, a Lighter and Softer Puppet Show, also from Hungary, featuring kings, knights and a reluctant, one-headed dragon.

This film provides examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Matildka the witch becomes as madly attracted to Goliath the dragon, as Lancelot was to Guinevra.
  • The Ace: Lancelot is the best amongst the knights, winning practiacally every one of the tourneys.
  • Amusing Injuries: Mostly suffered by Guinevra.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall:
    • Near the end, as he's pestered by Matildka, Goliath looks straight at the viewers, and asks if there's an environmentalist among them.
    • One of the last lines in the outro song by the jester is "Here I am the fool, and so are you all, for watching the movie to the end!"
  • The Chew Toy: Poor Guinevra. First she's ignored by her husband for seven years (so much so, that she's not even surprised to find a gold horse-shoe between her Christmas presents, simply remarking that "Arthur has switched up my present with his horse's. Again."), then Lancelot becomes obsessesed with her, and puts her through hell with his advances, culminating in setting her room on fire at New Years Eve.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Oliver, Lancelot's horse, often snarks at his owner's idiocy.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: After Guinevra confessed the Love potion screw up to Arthur, they decided to send Lancelot to slay the dragon who attacked the queen, and stole one of her slippers. Subverted in that there was no dragon attack, nor slipper theft at all.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar:
    • The book Merlin looks up the recipe for the love potion from is Kama Sutra.
    • After Lancelot overdosed on the Love Potion, he spends a few seconds humping his bed and hugging his pillow, while continuously stuttering Guinevra's name, before starting to scream it to the sky.
    • When Lancelot accuses Goliath of stealing Guinevra's slipper, the dragon exclaims his confusion about why he would want a woman's slipper, since he's not a "fetishist".
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: In Lancelot's name, the "t" is silent.
  • King Arthur: Portrayed here as a middle-aged husband who is more interested in sports (jousting) than in romance.
  • Lethal Chef: According to Arthur, Guinevra's cooking is terrible, even if she doesn't add magic potions to it. He even claimed that when he first tasted Guinevra's pie, the world darkened before his eyes.
  • Merlin: Portrayed as an old, eccentric hermit rather than a Wizard Classic.
  • Love Potion: Guinevra asked one from Merlin. It didn't end well.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Guinevra is the only character not drawn in an obviously cartoonish way, and she spends most of the first act in her nightgown, baring her legs, neck and shoulders, and even a bit of cleavage for a few scenes.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: Goliath uses the "Dr." title, which stands not for "Doctor", but for "Dragon".
  • Only Sane Man: Two of them:
    • The jester, who's only role is to point out how wacky the entire cast is. He even Lampshades it in the movie's theme song:
    Jester:" I swear that in this giant castle,
    I am the sanest person."
    • Oliver, Lancelot's horse. When Lancelot is under the influence of the love potion, his eccentric behaviour makes Oliver constantly calling him a moron.
    Oliver: He's an idiot. But what can a horse do...
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Goliath is a retired dragon, who no longer kidnaps princesses, and just wants to be left alone fishing. However, he admitted that in his active years, he was just like the other dragons in folklore.
  • Pun-Based Title: The dragon and the slipper both became a plot point, but the title also refers to the relationship of Guinevra and Arthur, as in hungarian a headstrong/agressive wife is often called a "house dragon", while the equvivalent hungarian slang term for Henpecked Husband is "slipper husband". It also refers to Goliath, the actual dragon's personality, who's a pushover.
  • Reluctant Monster: Goliath the dragon.
  • Sapient Steed: Oliver, Lancelot's horse can talk, and he's quite a Deadpan Snarker.
  • Say My Name: After eating the pie, Lancelot spends the nigh shouting Guinevra's name to the sky, while crawling on the walls of the castle.
  • Serenade Your Lover: Parodied by Lancelot's first attempt to gain Guinevra's love. Not only he was singing a love poem, writtem by Oliver, his horse (which tus contained compliments like "your golden mane" and "I'd love to kiss your hooves") but he song it so terribly, even Oliver had to cover his ears!
  • Show With In A Show: Matildka the witch was shown watching a parody of the apple eating scene of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfsnote  through her Crystal Ball. When Snowwhite died, Matildka exclaimed her love of documentary movies.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: After Lancelot ate the pie, all of his advances ended up hurting Guinevra:
    • First, he tried to use Puddle-Covering Chivalry, as she was walking by in the garden. Unfortunately, it wasn't a mud puddle, but one of the water pools in the garden, so when Guinevra stepped on the cloak, she sank into it. Lancelot lifted her out of it by her hair, tearing out a good chunk of it.
    • He has hidden a ring inside a cookie, and Guinevra broke one of her teeth when she has bitten on it.
    • He gave her an 'I Love You" Jack-in-the-box for Christmas, which punched her in the face, giving her a blackeye.
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: Oliver the horse is this to the Idiot Hero Lancelot, often making sarcastic remarks on his master's tomfoolery.
  • Snipe Hunt: Parodied, Lancelot was forbidden to return without the half-pair slipper the dragon have stolen. Problem? There wasn't any dragon attack, nor slipper theft at all.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Lancelot from the overdosed Love Potion.
  • Stock Ness Monster: At the end of the film, Goliath hides in Loch Ness, and it's implied, that he becomes the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: Two instances:
    • First the Love Potion in the pie, meant for Arthur.
    • The ring in the cookie from Lancelot to Guinevra.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Discussed in the beginning of the film. When Guinevra complains about Arthur neglecting her, she says, that if she was smarter she'd cheat on him, but immediately rejects the idea, because regardless of how neglectful her husband is, she loves him...and because she finds all the other men in the castle unattractive.

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