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Flight Of Dragons

4.6 out of 5 stars 430 customer reviews

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Ever wish you could see a dragon? Or wonder how they fly or why they breathe fire? Journey back to a magical time when the skies were filled with these amazing creatures in The Flight of Dragons, a dazzling, feature-length animated version of Peter Dickinson's acclaimed book from Rankin/Bass Studios.

Victor Buono, James Gregory, James Earl Jones, Harry Morgan, John Ritter and Larry Storch provide voices for this wondrous tale set in the Dark Ages. The sinister Red Wizard Ommadon (Jones) threatens to destroy nature. The world's hope is a man of science and magic from the future. That man is Peter (Ritter), snatched from the 20th century by the Green Wizard Carolinus (Morgan) to capture
Ommadon's empowering Red Crown. With a fire-breathing dragon, an outlaw elf and a noble knight as comrades-in-arms, Peter applies modern-day logic to battling ages-old evil.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Victor Buono, James Gregory, James Earl Jones, John Ritter
  • Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: November 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (430 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VA5A0C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flight Of Dragons" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
I have loved this movie since I was five and my father first taped it off TV for me. I watched that tape until it broke, sometime around when I was 14. I waited years without seeing it again. Figuring that I would never find such an obscure film online, I half-heartedly searched amazon.com for it, and voila! I was ecstatic! If you are looking for a fantastic movie for your children, I highly recommend this. It has a magical quality that I haven't seen duplicated in more than two or three films since (The Last Unicorn, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, maybe a few others). I can also guarantee that this movie will remain interesting even when you're a 19 year-old college student. :) PS. The cover art for this video is misleading - the real animation is stunning and lovely. If someone you know owns the movie, look at the still shots on the back for a more accurate representation.
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First of all, don't judge this film by its cover. I have no idea why the cover art on this looks so goofy when the animation is nothing like it. The cover might also give the impression that this is a cartoon for kids, but it's much deeper and more meaningful than that.
The story can be enjoyed on many levels. It's certainly entertaining enough to enchant any child who appreciates a good adventure/ fantasy story, but it also has some pretty profound thoughts about the presence and importance of magic and imagination in a world dominated by science and logic. Whoever wrote the dialogue on this is certainly very talented: Watch out for Carolinus' speeches in particular. It can raise goosebumps, it's so beautiful.
Like many other people who've sought out this VHS release, I first saw this years ago, when I was around nine or ten years old. This is my third copy, after wearing out the tape I made off've TV, and later lending out my second copy (a gift to me which I was overjoyed to receive) which never returned to me. I like it enough to purchase yet another copy for my permanent video collection. It has lost none of its appeal over the years.
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Flight of Dragons was on my list of favorite movies during my childhood, and it remained so throughout my teenage years. Such an absolutely delightful film, I just had the pleasure of experiencing it again as an adult (with an adult perspective this time). This film contains such fine characterization, intelligent and thoughtful storyline, and beautiful animation that one can't help but be captivated from beginning to end. It appeals to the child within us all without neglecting the adult part as well. It helps us to nurture our love for fantasy while reminding us to never forget the importance of science and reason. It reminds us that our dreams and fantasies have always served to inspire us in the real world. From dreams come reality...
In the film, a modern day man is drawn into a world he could only have imagined in his wildest dreams when he is suddenly spirited away into the service of a kindly Wizard, to help defeat the forces of darkness in a realm of fantasy. Although not exactly a new concept, it has a unique twist, for this is no ordinary man, he is a man of science and reason with a unique connection to this realm....
Visually the film was a feast for the eyes - filled with exquisitely designed characters - fearsome creatures, colorful wizards, dashing heroes, and beautiful ethereal maidens (and best of all, no cutesy Disney-ish characters for comedy relief). Although the animation lacked the type of enhanced visuals, hyperkinetic action, and 3-D realism of later works of animation, I think that was not such a bad thing in this case. Although the animation looked a bit flat, such careful use of elegant simplicity actually enhanced this film - like a beautifully illustrated fairy tale book brought to life.
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...and it's almost inevitable that you'll enjoy this film.
Ignore the cutesy picture on the front of the box - the animation in this movie is actually done in a darkly excellent not-quite-anime style that fits perfectly with the outstanding voice acting (especially from James Earl Jones, who could write the book on "deliciously evil laughter"). The plot is a quirky variation on the usual quest-against-an-evil-wizard story, but the most striking feature about it is its intelligence. One reviewer felt that kids would find the plot hard to follow, but like all good children's tales, "Flight of Dragons" operates on multiple levels. I didn't appreciate the scientific description of how dragons fly until I was in high school, I *definitely* didn't pick up on the one or two sly flashes of sexual innuendo until then, and it's only now that I've come to see it as a powerful parable about science, magic and religion. Still, when my parents taped it off the TV back in the mid-80s, I watched it until the tape broke.
A final side note: I'm also convinced (based largely on the ending, which is NOT to be missed) that "Flight of Dragons" played a small but significant role in convincing me to become a scientist. It really is that good.
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Along with The Dark Crystal and The Last Unicorn, Flight of Dragon completes my childhood fantasy movie triumverate. I just wanted to add my voice to the clamoring throng -- realease this gem on DVD ASAP!
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