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(1981)

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This was the first movie to use go-motion, a variant of stop-motion animation, in which parts of the model (in this case, the dragon) were mechanized and the movement programmed by computer. During shooting, the computer moves the model while the camera is shooting, resulting in motion blur, which makes the animation more convincing.
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George R.R. Martin, author of the "A Song Of Ice And Fire" novels, upon which Game of Thrones (2011) is based, has said that Vermithrax Pejorative is "the best dragon ever shown on film." One of the deceased dragons mentioned in the 1st season of the series, by Viserys Targaryen, was named "Vermithrax".
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To create the dragon fire, the special effects team used a pair of military-style flamethrowers.
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"Vermithrax Pejorative" roughly translates as "The Worm of Thrace Which Makes Things Worse".
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This movie was a co-production between Walt Disney Pictures and Paramount Pictures.
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Some of the score by Alex North was music he'd originally composed for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) that went unused.
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Including the hydraulic forty-foot model, sixteen dragon puppets were used for the role of Vermithrax. Each was capable of flying, crawling, and breathing fire.
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The story has many familiar dragon motifs found throughout Western culture, in particular, "St. George and the Dragon", in which maiden sacrifices were made to appease a harassing dragon. St. George's tale also includes a sacrificial lottery resulting in the surprise condemnation of a Princess. St. George is also frequently depicted with a magic (blessed) lance or a sword.
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Theatrical movie debut of Peter MacNicol (Galen).
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Many locals were employed as village extras.
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This movie was mostly shot on-location in Wales. The final scene was shot in Skye, Scotland.
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Peter MacNicol (Galen) is said to be embarrassed by this movie, and does not list it on his CV.
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This is the only movie released under the Disney name with frontal male nudity. When Peter MacNicol jumps into the water, his legs swing wide, providing a quick shot of his genitals.
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Ian McDiarmid (Brother Jacopus) achieved fame as Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine in the "Star Wars" film franchise. Peter MacNicol voiced Tseebo in Star Wars Rebels (2014).
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Albert Salmi's voice was dubbed by Norman Rodway.
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Eric Roberts was considered to play Galen.
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