“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.” – Dr. Seuss
When you look at the world through the other side of the looking glass, you perhaps see a blurred picture infront of you, when you look closely, you see a world within a world. Just like Alice had found her Wonderland. A trend that started many years back, gave enough food for thought to those with a penchant for writing, or to put it in simple words, imagining. It is perhaps a lesser-known fact that whatever you conjure in your head can be made into reality. However, only a few own the power of speech, expression and imagination when it comes to thinking up wondrous characters, some animate, some inanimate. Ever wondered if one of the purest animals from fantasy-land, a unicorn, actually may exist somewhere? How about a fictional beast like a dragon – that terrifying, yet awe-inspiring, wing-flapping, fire-breathing dragon?
Dragons on film have come to life ’cause a filmmaker imagined it so. Straight out of a work of literature, onto the big screen… made even more breath-taking with the use of some fantastic technology. As far as I am concerned, blame it on the genius of J.R.R. Tolkien
, whose works has inspired many writers, filmmakers, and still gives some aspiring fiction authors a run for their money. What would have gone on in that brain, to churn out such magnificent thoughts… that can transport you from present-day to whichever chapter, whichever book you want to be in. Think of the Misty Mountain as I say this. This is a tribute to some of the best dragons that we remember from films, and yes, the inspiration was my dearest nightmarish creature, The King Under the Mountain, Smaug.
Read on below to find a complete list of some of my favorites:
Smaug – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013):
Peter Jackson’s films based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classics, have given us more than one reason to love everything about the films, a feeling that was revived long after the love affair with the books started. Smaug’s brief appearance in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, was reason enough to believe that the celebrated author’s dragon would live upto the many nomenclatures it earned – The Magnificent, the King Under the Mountain. Smaug’s intelligence paired with Benedict Cumberbatch’s performance, alongwith the mastery by the effects team has given every cinephile’s nightmare their latest star. He is armored, ferocious and prizes his gold. In the second movie of The Hobbit trilogy, get ready to have shivers sent up your spine and goosebumps down your arm, as one of the most-luxuriant voices brings this dragon to life.
Hungarian Horntail – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005):
Seen only briefly, this dragon had a Harry Potter at the edge of their seats. You wanted Harry to win Round I of the Triward tournament, come what may! To fight the fire-breathing dragon to turn the young wizard into ashes, his superfast Firebolt came in very handy indeed.
Toothless – How to Train Your Dragon (2010):
The Night Fury, better known as Toothless was definitely a showstopper. His ferocity was lore, while his cuteness was the real scene-stealer. A true Disney film, How to Train Your Dragon is a family film, with lessons galore. This one’s special ’cause of the beautiful portrayal of friendship between Toothless and Hiccup. As you read further, you will find that there many dragons that we would like to invite into our homes, if given a chance, Toothless will undoubtedly be a part of it.
Elliott – Pete’s Dragon’ (1977):
Elliott is not the ideal dragon that one looks forward to hate. Instead, this guy is so adorable, so friendly, that it becomes difficult for the average moviegoer to classify him as a traditional dragon, as we know it. However, Elliott posed a rather important question to all those who remember having watched him on television. Could there or would there ever be another best friend than a fire-breathing dragon?
Draco – Dragonheart (1996):
Dragonheart answered a question posed by the world ages ago? If a dragon was capable of human speech, what voice would come out of his mouth? After this film, that puzzle was solved, for Sean Connery was the voice behind Draco. Besides, the intelligence and wisdom projected by this creature did ample justice to the film’s fiction. Dragonheart can be best described a ‘bro-comedy’ between the dragon (Sean Connery) and the dragon slayer (Dennis Quaid).
The Male – ‘Reign of Fire’ (2002):
If you were looking for THE dragon to be afraid of, it’s got to be the male in Reign of Fire. Fierce, nightmarish, and an alpha male of all the dragons of the world, this creature would have to be slain to save mankind of all the atrocities.
Falkor – ‘The Neverending Story’ (1984):
Falkor the Luckdragon isn’t the creature that would easily come to mind when picturing menacing flying fire-breathers, but if dragons, whose traits combined both those of dogs and dragons alike, there wouldn’t be a better fantasy creature you’d want to befriend. He could breathe blue fire, and swim through the air, Falkor is as fierce as he is friendly. Except when he is getting his ears scratched.
Haku – ‘Spirited Away’ (2001): Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away is hailed as one of the greatest animated features, and for good reason. The blend of mysticism and supernatural in the film is incomparable. A story about a young female protagonist, Chihiro, who accidentally crosses into a spirit world, meets various odd creatures during her journey. None of them, however, was more memorable than Haku, the river spirit who could transform into a flying dragon, and rather furry for its otherwise popular rough, scaly counterparts.
Dragon – Shrek the Third (2007):
Originally ‘hired’ to guard a tower, this dragon happens to be the first female to have graced this long list of flying, fire-breathers. Women empowerment, for the win! What’s adorable is the love at first sight with an unusual match – a donkey. And their off-springs, flying donkeys! Could one’s imagination go any more wild than this? Perhaps. Can’t forget the heart-shaped smoke puffs she sends in the donkey’s direction.
Mushu – Mulan (1998): China’s greatest heroine, Mulan found a great friend in Mushu. The wise, friendly companion who helps the heroine with her heroic feats in the film and doesnot let her lose hope at any point of time. An indubitable guardian angel.