Anime: Serendipity the Pink Dragon

Serendipity the Pink Dragon is a 1983 anime (original title Serendipity Monogatari Pure to no Nakamatachi — "Serendipity Stories: Friends on Pure Island") that was adapted into a movie in 1989. The story follows Bobby, (or Kona in Japanese), a young boy who is shipwrecked in the Antarctic. He finds a pink egg and floats on it out to a magical island, where the pink plesiosaur Serendipity hatches. The island where she lives is endangered by the threat of humans coming when Captain Smudge realizes there is gold on the island.

The original anime, and the movie made from it, was based on a series of children's books called, oddly enough, Serendipity Books. Each book was designed to deliver An Aesop, such as "Enjoy being you," "Treat others the way you want to be treated," and "Not everyone enjoys the same things."


Tropes:

  • Adaptation Expansion: And how! The original Serendipity Books were mostly stand-alone stories with different characters and settings (with the exception of a few mini-series here and there). Serendipity herself only appeared in one or two books, the plot of which the anime and movie only follow quite vaguely.
  • Ambiguous Gender: A baffling example in the English dub, Peela-Peela is referred to as a female in the first half of the movie and a male in the second half.
  • Ascended Extra: Lord Winston manages to be both this and Demoted to Extra at once. He gets a lot more screen-time and characterization than in the original story (wherein he was only known as "the Dolphin"), and is a fairly important character, but he's no longer one of the rulers of the sea.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Often with Princess Laura
  • Carnivore Confusion: Bobby eats a coconut, but they talk and have feelings...
  • Demoted to Extra: The Walrus. He barely appears at all in the film when in the book he was the first character Serendipity met after hatching, helped her to make her journey across the ocean, and was the other ruler of the sea.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: The title calls Serendipity a dragon, but the theme song says she's a dinosaur.
  • Egg MacGuffin
  • Everything Talks: Rocks talk, the fruits on the trees talk, etc.
  • For the Evulz: Captain Smudge- "What's that bird doin'? Well, it's a shame I'm in such a foul mood-" *cocks gun to shoot Peela-Peela*
  • Humans Are Bastards: Humans are the main threat to the island.
  • Lull Destruction: The dub movie has several songs filling quiet moments and quite a bit of extra speech.
  • Seadog Beard: Captain Smudge has one
  • Sugar Bowl
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Captain Smudge
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The mermaid princess Laura has purple hair.