The Flight of Dragons (1982)

The Flight of Dragons is a movie by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr., based on the novel of the same name by Peter Dickinson and The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson. It stars the voices of John Ritter, Harry Morgan, Victor Buono, James Gregory and James Earl Jones.

Carolinus (Harry Morgan) is a wizard in a world where magic is slowly crowded out by technical advancement and science. He gets together with his three brothers to decide on a course to save the magical world, but one of them, Ommadon (James Earl Jones), wants to see humanity enslaved by its machinery and with that, he starts a war. Carolinus calls on Peter (John Ritter), a young scientist and dragon-afficionado from the future to help them save the world by going on a quest.

The Flight of Dragons is not the subtlest of films. It has one question it asks and explores, that of science vs. magic and it’s quite relentless in the pursuit of an answer and pretty obvious in its imagery. With all the focus on this, other things are a bit lost, such as a decent voice-acting cast or character development. In short, I’ve heard good things about the film but I don’t see its appeal.

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