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Encyclopedia > The Flight of Dragons
The Flight of Dragons
Directed by Jules Bass
Arthur Rankin
Fumihiko Takayama
Katsuhisa Yamada
Produced by Rankin/Bass
Written by Peter Dickinson
Starring John Ritter
Bob McFadden
Don Messick
James Earl Jones
Music by Maury Laws
Don McLean
Distributed by ABC
Warner Bros
Release date(s) 1983 Video Release (UK)
August 3, 1986 (USA)
Running time 92 min.
Language English
IMDb profile

The Flight of Dragons is a 1982 animated movie produced by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. and very loosely based on the speculative natural history book of the same name by Peter Dickinson and the novel The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson. Released direct to video in 1982, it was finally aired as an ABC 'Movie of the Week' in 1986. Image File history File links Flight_of_Dragons. ... Jules Bass (born 16 September 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American director, producer, composer, and author. ... Katsuhisa Yamada was born in Japan on August 28, 1948. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Peter Dickinson is a British author who has written a wide variety of books over a long and distinguished career. ... John Southworth Ritter (September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor best known for his role of Jack Tripper in the sitcom Threes Company. ... Robert McFadden, billed as Bob McFadden (January 19, 1923-January 7, 2000) was a singer and voiceover actor best known for his many contributions to animated cartoons. ... Autographed photo of Don Messick. ... James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla Township, Mississippi in Tate County) is among Americas best known African American film and stage actors. ... Don McLean is an American singer-songwriter, most famous for his 1971 ballad American Pie. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The WB Shield, used from 2001 to late 2003. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 3 is the 215th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (216th in leap years), with 150 days remaining. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Animation is the technique of filming a sequence of drawings or positions of models to create an illusion of movement. ... Jules Bass (born 16 September 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American director, producer, composer, and author. ... Peter Dickinson is a British author who has written a wide variety of books over a long and distinguished career. ... The Dragon Knight is a series of fantasy novels by Gordon R. Dickson. ... Gordon Rupert Dickson (November 1, 1923 - January 31, 2001) was a Canadian science fiction author. ...

Contents

Plot

Peter Dickinson (voiced by John Ritter) is a poor, dreaming scientist/inventor who is transported into the failing world of magic. He meets three wizards, two dragons, and the beautiful Princess Melisande, who is a Wizard's foster-daughter. The green wizard Carolinus (voiced by Harry Morgan), his brother Lo Tae Shao (voiced by Don Messick), and the blue wizard Solarius explain that the world of magic is dying. To save it, they must join together to create the 'Last Realm of Magic' -- a protected place where magic will live on after humans stop believing. The red wizard Ommadon (voiced by James Earl Jones) has refused to aid his brothers, and vows to dominate humanity, in an attempt to stop magic's death by force. The only way to stop him is to take his Red Crown, which holds his power. Twentieth Century Peter, being descended from an ancient hero, is asked to begin a quest. John Southworth Ritter (September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor best known for his role of Jack Tripper in the sitcom Threes Company. ... Harry Morgan as Colonel Sherman T. Potter Harry Morgan (born Henry Bratsburg on April 10, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American television actor of Norwegian extraction. ... Autographed photo of Don Messick. ... Magic/magick and sorcery are the influencing of events, objects, people and physical phenomena by mystical or paranormal means. ... James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla Township, Mississippi in Tate County) is among Americas best known African American film and stage actors. ...


But before the journey begins, a magical mishap leaves Peter in the body of the house-dragon Gorbash. Knowing nothing about being a dragon or about magic, Peter travels with two other companions, a knight called Sir Orin Neville Smythe, (voiced by Bob McFadden) and the dragon Smrgol (voiced by James Gregory). During the journey, it is Smrgol who teaches Peter the finer points of being a dragon. Saint George versus the dragon, Gustave Moreau, c. ... Robert McFadden, billed as Bob McFadden (January 19, 1923-January 7, 2000) was a singer and voiceover actor best known for his many contributions to animated cartoons. ... James Gregory (December 23, 1911 - September 16, 2002) was a great American character actor noted for playing brash roles such as McCarthy-like Senator Joseph Iselin in the Manchurian Candidate (1962) and loudmouthed Inspector Luger in Barney Miller (TV-Series 1975 - 1982). ...


At their campsite, Ommadon sends the Sand Merks to attack the party with their insanity-inducing cries. The blue wizard Solarius persuades the undead wolf, Arak, to kill the Sand Merk queen in exchange for another chance at life. He agrees to join the quest. Princess Melisande is put into a deep sleep by the cries while using her magical abilities to see the party. The group presses on, and they are attacked by Giles of the Treetops and his elves because they are mistakenly suspicious of the dragons. The archer Danielle saves the group because she recognizes Sir Orin. Learning the truth, Giles agrees join the quest along with Danielle. Wolf Wolf Man Mount Wolf Wolf Prizes Wolf Spider Wolf 424 Wolf 359 Wolf Point Wolf-herring Frank Wolf Friedrich Wolf Friedrich August Wolf Hugo Wolf Johannes Wolf Julius Wolf Max Franz Joseph Cornelius Wolf Maximilian Wolf Rudolf Wolf Thomas Wolf As Name Wolf Breidenbach Wolf Hirshorn Other The call...


They rest at an inn, but in the night, an ogre attacks destroying the inn, murdering the innkeeper, and kidnapping some of the party. Peter and Smrgol must rescue Sir Orin and Danielle from the ogre's castle. Peter takes some lessons in fighting as a dragon, but ultimately, Smrgol must defeat the ogre. Unfortunately, Smrgol's heart gives out. The Ogre from Hop o My Thumb illustrated by Gustave Doré An ogre (feminine: ogress) is a large and hideous humanoid monster. ...


They move on to Ommadon's Red Realm and defeat a gigantic worm. They use magic gifts, a shield and a flute, to defeat Ommadon's spell of despair and to put a flight of dragons to sleep (including Peter occupying the body of Gorbash). The magic flute does not defeat Ommadon's dragon Bryaugh who kills Danielle, Arak, and Giles. Sir Orin slays Bryaugh with his sword while being burned alive with his dragon fire. He dies. Ommadon magically appears claiming victory. Peter reappears when he realizes that two things cannot exist in the same place at the same time. He uses his scientific knowledge to deny all magic; Ommadon, whose teachings and power is based on superstition and the ignorance of others, cannot withstand this and dies in agony.


The death of Ommadon allows the party to return to life. Carolinus arrives along with the remaining two magic brothers and concludes that Peter is gone from the realm of magic. Princess Melisande awakens from her slumber and informs them Peter appeared, gave her a kiss, and woke her. Perhaps he is not completely lost to the world of magic, concludes Carolinus. She asks to join him in 20th century Boston, and Carolinus reluctantly agrees.


Peter, free of the debts he had incurred in his own time, marries Melisande and goes to live in a house much like the one wherein Carolinus raised her.


Memorable Quotes

  • "Yes Byraugh, it's your turn now! You and your legions, attack, demolish, devour, burn, grind them to dust... Go forth and death be thy destination! Doom. Doom. A Flight of Dragons! I COMMAND IT... A FLIGHT OF DRAGONS!! Doom. Doom..." --Ommadon to Bryaugh
  • "Magic he calls it? Moi little boy could do better than that!" -- onlookers.
  • "Man hears of the dragons invulnerable skin and lo, he makes armour, battleships, tanks! A fairy flies and, furiously jealous, man himself defies gravity with machines he will call airplanes. A magician looks into his crystal and sees and hears halfway across the world. "Ah," says man, "if only it could be so." And centuries from now he conjures up miracles, but call them radio and television. If man is to surmount the insurmountable, there must always be magic to inspire him. The world needs magic! Magic cannot die..." --Carolinus to his brothers
  • "I'll teach man to use his machines! I'll show him what distorted science can give birth to. I'll teach him to "fly like a fairy". And I'll give the ultimate answer to all his science can ask... And the world will be free for my magic again!" --Ommadon accompanied by visions of bulldozers destroying forests and the atomic bomb.
  • "Man will never inherit my domain, because I'm making man mine." --Ommadon to the other Magic Brothers.
  • "A mating dance perhaps?" -- Smrgol giving a reason why his dragon comrades are calling.
  • "No offense, but I suddenly hunger for dragon!" --Arak to Peter/Gorbash.
  • "Is the dragon not a wonderful creature?" -- Smrgol, said when Peter/Gorbash starts to recover after Carolinus has merged the two.
  • "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." --Sir Orin's prayer as he faces Bryaugh.
  • "The irony of all existence is that good would be completely impotent without the contrast of evil." -- Carolinus to Melisande
  • "NOOOOOO, I have gathered the sum total of the world's evil in one place... And that place is me! I am invincible! No magic STRONGER! I... am the world. And the world... is Ommadon." --Ommadon to Peter when tranforming.

Availability

Various VHS editions of the film have been released since its debut in 1982. To date, the film has not been released to DVD. Some online auction sites claim to have DVD copies available; these are likely illegal copies of the VHS edition. Top view of VHS cassette with U.S. 25c coin for scale Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard for video cassette recorders... This article is becoming very long. ...


See also

This is a list of animated feature-length films from around the world organised chronologically by year; theatrical releases as well as made-for-TV and direct-to-video movies. ...

External links

  • Watch 'The Flight Of Dragons' at Youtube.
  • The Wonderful World of Rankin-Bass

  Results from FactBites:
 
The Flight of Dragons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (828 words)
The Flight of Dragons is a 1982 animated movie produced by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.
The green wizard Carolinus (voiced by Harry Morgan), his brother Lo Tae Shao (voiced by Don Messick), and the blue wizard Solarius explain that the world of magic is dying.
The group presses on, and they are attacked by Giles of the Treetops and his elves because they are mistakenly suspicious of the dragons.
Discovery Channel - Dragons (291 words)
The huge, leathery wings usually imagined for a Western dragon are similar to those of a bat, which are supported in four places to the body as opposed to being supported in only two places like those of a bird.
Mythical dragons are also helped by their buoyancy – dragons are hypothesised to have bladders which can contain hydrogen that help to reduce the weight of a dragon in order for it to fly.
Dragons employ a catalytic spark from powdered platinum from ingested sediment rock, which reacted with the stored hydrogen to produce fire.
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