Firstly can I point out that there are not nearly enough dragons out there? As one of the big bads in all of myth, you would think they would play a prominent role in way more films but there are decidedly few. Enough with the vampies and zombies, give us fire breathing uglies any day! With that in mind, we’ve decided to celebrate the best there are, the ones that others should learn from.
5) Mushu – Mulan
Sure Mushu might not be big, powerful or actually all the competent but he’s clever. It shouldn’t be forgotten that outside of a love of gold, cunning and wit are two of the main attributes in the myth of dragons. Tasked with guarding Mulan while she almost single handedly fights off the invading Hun army he has quite the challenge set out before him but he pulls it off with an ample amount of sass, courtesy of Eddie Murphy.
4) Draco – Dragonheart
So imagine James Bond. Now imagine him as a dragon. Yeah, that’s what we thought. There’s no way you couldn’t include Draco on the list for the simple fact he’s voiced by Sean Connery. Sure the film isn’t that great but the CGI is pretty good. He might not be the grandest of dragons but he’s a pretty damn good con artist and loves himself a bit of gold.
3) Maleficent – Sleeping Beauty
This feisty fire-breather makes the list purely for the nightmares she gave me as a child. That and the headaches she gave me while I tried to beat her in Kingdom Hearts… Maleficent’s design in both human for and dragon form were spot on. The animation was purposefully styled to move like a rattlesnake, with powerful muscles demonstrating the sense of strength, while the streamlined face lent an elegant but sinister impression that left it’s mark on this small boy’s mind. The Disney team did a fantastic job capturing the physical presence of what a dragon should be. We’ll forget she got beat by a ponce in a cape.
2) Toothless – How to Train Your Dragon
This film really doesn’t get the rep it deserves. Not only is a great, fun film but it also has one of the cutest characters, let alone dragon’s in that I’ve ever seen. Outside of those with dracophobia (probably not a real thing) I can’t imagine a single child not wanting their own Toothless to hang out with and ride around and just be damn cool. He’s cute, he’s clever, he’s powerful and instead of being a gold gobbling greed monster, he has a heart of gold (possibly from a combination of eating to much of the shiny stuff and a serious case of indigestion, we await further comment) so Toothless wins the award for best dragon you’d actually want as a friend.
1) Smaug – The Hobbit
This is one dragon you certainly wouldn’t want as a friend. Unless you particularly liked being a charred stain on the wall of the nearest cavern. Inspired by the the dragon from Beowulf (No not the Robert Zemeckis film, the 13th century poem), this guy has quite the ancestry. Tolkein stated that:
“A dragon is no idle fancy. Whatever may be his origins, in fact or invention, the dragon in legend is a potent creation of men’s imagination, richer in significance than his barrow is in gold.Even to-day (despite the critics) you may find men not ignorant of tragic legend and history, who have heard of heroes and indeed seen them, who yet have been caught by the fascination of the worm.”
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