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Flight of the Dragons, The

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.



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Genre:   Cult
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Director:   Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Cast:   Victor Buono, James Earl Jones
Theatrical Release Date:   08/03/1986
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Flight of the Dragons, The
 
4.7

(based on 24 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

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100%

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Pros

  • Entertaining (17)
  • Good for all ages (17)
  • Holds kids attention (11)
  • Teaches good values (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At home (17)
    • Younger viewers (17)
    • Adult viewers (10)
    • Perfect gift (10)
    • In the car (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Movie buff (13), Parent (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A Forgotten Jewel

    From the same production and design team that brought the animated versions of 'The Hobbit', 'Return of the King', and later, 'Thundercats' comes this imaginative tale based on the book by...Read complete review

    From the same production and design team that brought the animated versions of 'The Hobbit', 'Return of the King', and later, 'Thundercats' comes this imaginative tale based on the book by Peter Dickinson. As Dickinson's book is mainly a thesis about how dragons could have existed, the film takes those ideas and gives them voice through the protagonist, Peter (voiced by John Ritter), who is a man of 20th century science, plucked from his time and taken away to the far away time of magic and sorcery.

    The story features all of the simple elements of a fairy tale fantasy: a beautiful maiden, a heroic warrior, a kindly old wizard, an evil sorcerer (voiced by Darth Vader himself, James Earl Jones!), and some fantastically designed dragons with personalities all their own! It moves a bit slower compared to today's hyper-kinetic kids' anime programs, but it still enchants. If your kids enjoy the works of Miyazake, they will likely be entertained by this. There is also plenty here for adults, as the dialogue and voice acting are handled by some of the best of the time. It really does bring some compelling ideas as to the fine lines drawn between the oh-so-different worlds of magic and science, and your kids will have these theories ingrained in their heads for the rest of their lives, as it has been for me!

    As far as art design/direction, I can't say enough good things about Rankin-Bass' work during this time period. Like the aforementioned productions (as well as 'The Last Unicorn'), the character design is truly breath-taking, like storybook illustrations come to life. This was produced at a time when animation was going through a new Renaissance and expanding the boundaries outside of typical kiddie fare and striving for something more intelligent. It is something rarer today, as CG and video games have shortened attentions spans and the desire to dwell on finer detail.

    Kudos to Warner Archive for finally releasing this gem on DVD.

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    They NEED to remaster this!

    This movie is a favorite from my childhood! WB needs to remaster it or remake it! I love this movie!

    This movie is a favorite from my childhood! WB needs to remaster it or remake it! I love this movie!

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    4.0

    Memories

    By MikeD271828

    from FL

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    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Good For All Ages
    • Holds Kids Attention

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home
      • Younger Viewers

      Comments about Flight of the Dragons, The:

      I grew up around the time this movie came out and loved it. I also loved the hobbit movie (cartoon version) There is something about that style paired up with the music that gives me a sense of nostalagia

       
      5.0

      A childhood favorite

      By seascape195

      from Texas

      About Me Movie Buff, Parent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Entertaining
      • Fantasy Vs Modern Science
      • Good For All Ages
      • Good Vs Evil Theme
      • Holds Kids Attention

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • At Home
        • Travel
        • Younger Viewers

        Comments about Flight of the Dragons, The:

        Classic good vs evil with a modern twist, it uses fantasy as the backdrop, but uses it in a Magic (not real) vs Modern science and logic (real world) way.

         
        5.0

        The greatest movie!

        By The Bookaneer

        from Gainesville, FL

        About Me Animated Movie Lover, Movie Buff

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Entertaining
        • Good For All Ages
        • Nostalgic
        • Teaches Good Values

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home
          • In The Car
          • Perfect Gift
          • Travel
          • Younger Viewers

          Comments about Flight of the Dragons, The:

          This is such an awesome movie. I saw it on TV as a kid and found it again years later in a bootleg DVD copy as an adult (pre-2009). I was burglarized a couple years ago and all my DVDs were stolen, and I had to start my collection from scratch. Imagine my delight when I found out recently that WB offered this movie through their print-on-demand Archive Collection! I watched it with some friends at craft night and they all loved it. The movie has great voice talents (James Earl Jones and John Ritter as examples) and that classic 80s animation style that brings back all the nostalgia. A++!

           
          5.0

          Thought I would never find this one

          By Stew

          from Hot Springs, AR

          About Me Movie Buff

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          Pros

          • Educational
          • Entertaining
          • Good For All Ages
          • Holds Kids Attention
          • Teaches Good Values

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers
            • At Home
            • In The Car
            • Perfect Gift
            • Travel
            • Younger Viewers

            Comments about Flight of the Dragons, The:

            I remember watching this wonderful movie with my young son when it first came out. I have not seen my son for almost 20 years now. But when I caught the title in something I was reading I looked on line and found it.

            Thank You for the good memory.

             
            5.0

            Unique, fun and creative cartoon feature

            By Jonhayashi1

            from New York,Long Island

            About Me Hand drawn animater, Movie Buff

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Beautifully rendered
            • Educational
            • Entertaining
            • Excitinguniquefantasy
            • Good For All Ages
            • Teaches Good Values

            Cons

            • No scene selection
            • No special features

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers
            • At Home
            • For fantasy lovers
            • Perfect Gift
            • Younger Viewers

            Comments about Flight of the Dragons, The:

            I am really glad I ordered this dvd! I had watched this movie in the early 1990s on tv. I only recently saw scenes of it again which got me to order it! I think this was the last feature production from Rankin Bass and I would say it is one of the best! I remember the Dickenson book of the same title and this film does a great job of using the "scientific explanation of how a dragon's fire causes him to fly by inflating his body like a hot air balloon! The hydrogen is expelled from the mouth and becomes flame!! The hand drawn animation showed this beautifully and the hand painted cells made me nostalgic for hand crafted animation art! Peter Dickenson, the author, becomes the hero who uses his scientific knowledge to defeat the evil wizard Ommadon! The late Harry Morgan (M.A.S.H.,Col.Potter) voices Wizard Carolinus and is a good contrast to James Earl Jones(Ommadon)! There are lovely statements about the importance of fantasy(magic, dreams)in inspiring mankind to invent today's machines! This is SO MUCH BETTER then the tedious long "The Last Unicorn"! Sorry Last Unicorn fans but for me Last Unicorn was as entertaining as watching a slug crawl across a sidewalk for 2 hours! I should mention that this dvd is a DVD-R (MOD)format which plays back fine in my DVD-RAM/-R recorder. So if your recorder records and plays back DVD-R then the Warner Archive dvds will work on your recorder/player. I wish this had an art gallery feature to show Wayne Anderson's illustrations from the book to compare to the movie along with model sheets, etc. So I say try it and buy it if you are a fantasy enthusiast and dragon lover! Much better then the CGI animated movies of today!

             
            2.0

            They NEED to remaster this!

            By Audrey

            from Jacksonville, FL

            About Me Movie Buff, Parent

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • AWESOME story
            • Entertaining
            • Good For All Ages
            • Teaches Good Values

            Cons

            • Poor video quality

            Best Uses

            • Adult Viewers
            • At Home
            • Perfect Gift
            • Younger Viewers

            Comments about Flight of the Dragons, The:

            This movie is a favorite from my childhood! WB needs to remaster it or remake it! I love this movie!

             
            5.0

            Flight of Dragons is a must see

            By Lorna

            from Alaska

            About Me Educator, Movie Buff, Parent

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Entertaining
            • Good For All Ages
            • Holds Kids Attention

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Home
              • In The Car
              • Perfect Gift

              Comments about Flight of the Dragons, The:

              Fun to watch.

               
              5.0

              A welcome addition to my collection

              By Unidyne

              from Henderson, NV

              About Me Movie Buff

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Entertaining
              • Escapist fantasy
              • Good For All Ages

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • At Home

                Comments about Flight of the Dragons, The:

                After watching a worn VHS copy of this film, this DVD looks and sounds fresh. The soundtrack is clear and the visuals are very clean. I've been a fan of this film for some time (I guess I have a soft spot for dragons) and to have it finally on DVD is such a relief. My only complaint is that the cover art seems to imply that this is strictly a kids' film. It isn't. It's for the whole family, but is cleverly written so it will entertain adults.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nostalgic and Disappointed

                By Chris

                from UK

                About Me Caregiver, Casual Viewer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Entertaining
                • Holds Kids Attention

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • At Home
                  • Younger Viewers

                  Comments about Flight of the Dragons, The:

                  Love this film, I watched it first when i was a child over my grandfathers and it brings back wonderful memories as well as being enjoyable to watch in itself. However, I am disappionted that i can't seem to find it anywhere available in region 2 or 0.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Pls bring to Europe!

                  By Edwina

                  from UK

                  Comments about Flight of the Dragons, The:

                  Loved this movie as a kid and really want a DVD copy for my collection but can't find Region 2/ european DVD copies anywhere (legit ones anyway!) :(
                  Pls pls bring out some Region 2 DVD copies of this and ship to UK? Europe sometime soon... please!
                  :)

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