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YMMV: The Flight of Dragons
  • Animation Age Ghetto: Averted and asskicked; the film is dark, serious, violent, somewhat scary in places and unusually metaphysical, while still able to be watched and enjoyed by children.
  • Awesome Music: The title track, by Don McLean. Yes, that Don McLean.
  • Complete Monster: Bryagh is the literal Dragon to his dark master Ommedon and is the only wholly evil dragon in the setting. Seven years prior to the plot, Sir Orrin confronted Bryagh consuming the unborn eggs of his own kin, devouring all but one lone egg. After being defeated by Sir Orrin, he returns to aid Ommedon in his goal to destroy humanity. Later, Bryagh personally kills four of the main characters in the final battle, including Orrin's love interest and Orrin himself. He only stops to sadistically laugh about the whole ordeal in Sir Orrin's face.
  • Contemptible Cover: Unfortunately, the artist for the video cover apparently hasn't actually seen the movie, and thought the story was about a boy going on an adventure with a jolly wizard and a happy dragon...
    • Averted when the VHS video was originally released in the UK - the cover depicted a scene of Sir Orrin-Neville Smythe facing off against Bryagh (with other dragons in the background, presumably supposed to be their final climactic and mutually-destructive face-off), drawn in the same dark and more realistic art style of the film itself.
  • Cult Classic
  • Genius Bonus: If one listens closely, one can hear that the words of the song with which Sir Orrin is attempting to drown out the Sandmurks are those of "Sumer is icumen in" — the oldest secular song preserved in English. (If you listen closely, you also notice that instead of using the Middle Ages melody, he matches his singing with Peter's to add to the effect against the Sandmurks. Sadly, it doesn't work.)
  • Moment Of Awesome: With the party slain and the protagonist under a sleeping spell, Sir Orrin Neville-Smythe, the Knight In Shining Armour, is the last one standing at the end, facing down the The Dragon Bryagh. He holds his sword up and recites, "Blade with whom I have lived, blade with whom I now die, serve right and justice one last time, seek one last heart of evil, still one last life of pain, cut well old friend, and then farewell." He then gets set on FIRE, takes it like a badass and throws his now-flaming sword into the heart of the dragon, who burns to death in his own flames. Then Orrin dies alongside the rest of his slain party and newfound love.
    • Peter, at the end, has an amazing confrontation with Ommadon using only words. He literally talks him to death, bashing him with scientific equations which burn the magic right out of the old wizard.
    • Aragh, a talking wolf, takes on Bryagh and causes some pain after Giles and Danille' weapons could not hurt the dragon.
  • Narm: Sir Orrin's Heroic Sacrifice would have had more pathos if he hadn't effectively narrated that it cost him his life at the time.
    • Melisande's continual screaming is more annoying than either terrifying or piteous.
  • Spiritual Licensee: Argurably, it's a better Dungeons & Dragons movie than the actual Dungeons & Dragons movie.
  • Tear Jerker: Smrgol dies.

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