Reviewed by: Joe
Released by: Warner Bros
Age Rating: N/A
Region: 1 - North America
Length: 95 minutes
Audio: English 2.0 Stereo
A thrilling animated adventure form the age of knights and wizards.
Ever wish you could see a dragon? Or wonder how they fly or why they breathe fire? Journey back to a magical time when the skies were filled with these amazing creatures in The Flight of Dragons, a dazzling feature-length animated version of Peter Dickinson's acclaimed book from Rankin/Bass Studios.
Victor Buono, James Gregory, James Earl Jones, Harry Morgan, John Ritter and Larry Storch provide voices for this wondrous tale set in the Dark Ages. The sinister Red Wizard Ommadon (Jones) threatens to destory nature. The world's hope is a man of science and magic from the future. That man is Peter (Ritter), snatched from the 20th century by the Green Wizard Carolinus (Morgan) to capture Ommadon's empowering Red Crown. With a fire-breathing dragon, an outlaw elf and a noble knight as comrades-in-arms, Peter applies modern-day logic to battling ages-old evil.
Why is an anime site reviewing an American Cartoon? For many anime fans, Flight of Dragons is a landmark title that showed how much depth there can be to animation. There are many watershed titles like this and I'm sure each fan has their own, from Astroboy to Zoids.
Flight of Dragons was produced by Rankin/Bass and animated by the Japanese Studio TopCraft. Rankin/Bass produced ThunderCats, The Hobbit and The Last Unicorn. Studio TopCraft later animated Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and then the core Topcraft staff went on to form our favourite Japanese animation studio: Studio Ghibli. Other TopCraft staff continued producing animation for America as Pacific Animation Corporation and animated ThunderCats and SilverHawks.
For lots of anime fans when you say Flight of Dragons their eyes light up, remembering the time they first discovered this treat from the early 1980's.
The DVD itself is interesting as it's produced on demand. Amazon just make them when you order one. So it has a purplish DVD-R like underside. As long as the publish on demand system exists, they'll never run out of stock.
Getting information on TopCraft isn't exactly straight forward. If you do a search for them you either get notes that they did work for Rankin/Bass or posts by people wanting to know more about them. The best place to look is on page 665 of The Anime Encyclopedia - Revised & Expanded Edition: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917 by Jonathan Clements & Helen McCarthy.