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The Flight of Dragons (1982)

A young Boston writer goes back in time into an era where wizards and dragon reign and science is just barely known.

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Romeo Muller (screenplay by), Peter Dickinson (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview:
Victor Buono ... Aragh (voice)
James Gregory ... Bryagh / Smrgol (voice)
James Earl Jones ... Ommadon (voice)
Harry Morgan ... Carolinus (voice)
John Ritter ... Peter Dickenson (voice)
Larry Storch ... Pawnbroker (voice)
Don Messick ... Giles of the Treetops / Lo Tae Zhao (voice)
Bob McFadden Bob McFadden ... Sir Orrin Neville-Smythe (voice) (as Robert McFadden)
Ed Peck ... (voice)
Jack Lester Jack Lester ... (voice)
Alexandra Stoddart Alexandra Stoddart ... Princess Melisande (voice)
Nellie Bellflower ... Danielle (voice)
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Storyline

This is an animated movie based on the book by Peter Dickinson. In this movie the realm of magic is being threatened by the realm of logic, so Carolinus, the green wizard decides to shield it for all time. Ommedon, the evil red wizard, stands in his way. Carolinus then calls for a quest that is to be led by a man named Peter Dickinson, who is the first man of both the realms of science and magic. It is Peter's job to defeat Ommedon. Written by <ivenho@pacific.net>

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All mankind is facing and epic choice. A world of magic or a world of science. Which will it be? See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1984 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Flight of Dragons See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The theories Peter recites are:
  • "A body in motion tends to stay in motion." - Newton's First Law of Motion
  • "Protons have 1832 times the mass of electrons." - 30 years later, more precise measurements say 1836
  • "All light is bent or refracted as it goes from one medium to another, save in a direction perpendicular to the interface between the two mediums."
  • "...new species may result from the selective action of external conditions upon the variations from their specific type which individuals present...." - T. H. Huxley, to Darwin on Origin of Species
  • "Gravity varies as to the inverse square of the distance."
  • "The velocity of light is equal to the wavelength times the frequency of vibration." - This is actually true of anything that propagates as a wave as it's the definition of the phase velocity of the wave.
  • "The geometrical properties of the space-time continuum are determined by the masses present in space and time."


Also Peter's naming of the different sciences was done in alphabetical order: algebra, anatomy, astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, geometry, mathematics, meteorology, mineralogy, oceanography, paleontology, physics, psychology, sociology, trigonometry and zoology. See more »

Quotes

Peter Dickenson: [holding up a pocket watch] This is an heirloom. It must be worth something.
Pawnbroker: Your heir didn't loom too big. If I gave you 50, I'd be fired.
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Featured in AniMat's Classic Reviews: The Flight of Dragons (2015) See more »

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The Flight of Dragons
Written by Jules Bass and Maury Laws
Performed by Don McLean
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Absolutely Dragontastic!!!
12 January 2006 | by LovefilmsALOTSee all my reviews

Not much for animation usually but this film changed all that. I first watched it when I was younger and until recently hadn't watched it for a while. But after seeing it again it gave me a hunger again and again. If you're into the mystical, fantasy escapism in films and if you love dragons and wizards then this is a definite must see. It has beautifully designed beasts (dragons, ogres, worms etc) not just in design but in naming and essence which is definitely worthy of the book by Peter Dickinson. I'm a complete dragon lover now and love nothing more than watching a film that drops you into a fantasy pool through narrative and colour. And if you're the kind of person who likes a good musical soundtrack to go with, then this is a definite yes. This should be seen by children and adults alike. It's definitely one of my favourites and after you've seen it I'm sure it'll be yours too!


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