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The Flight of Dragons (1982)

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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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Peter Dickenson (voice)
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Bob McFadden ...
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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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The ultimate war between magic and science is about to begin. See more »


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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."




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Giles of the Treetops: [in the soup pot] I'm part boiled to a fethiwell, but i'd sooner be cooked than crushed by that thing!
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Referenced in The Dragon Prince 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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THIS is how to make an animated feature!
1 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

When I saw this film at a local cinema, I was expecting a simple child's fare. What I got was a most profound experience.

A land ruled by magic is brought to a perilous crossroads, and an evil wizard (voiced magnificently by James Earl Jones) seeks to bring about war and chaos. The good wizard Carolinus (voiced by Harry Morgan) seeks help and finds a most unusual ally...a young fantasy game designer in 20th century North America.

The diologue is intelligent, the action is well-paced, the plot is believable, and the ending will touch your heart. Kids will be drawn by the storyline and the animation. Adults will enjoy the jokes about science and aeronautics of dragons' wings.

Strongly recommended for the fact that it shows the link between science and spirit. That and the fact that you don't normally hear Larry Storch, Henry Morgan, John Ritter and Victor Buono doing voices for animated films.


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