Flight Of Dragons
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this movie as a child! My husband had never seen it so we purchased. IT was just as amusing as I remembered.Published 15 days ago by brandon brown
Its been over thirty years since I have seen this movie. It's still as good now. I hope kids of today can enjoy it.Published 24 days ago by Daniel
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