Back in December of 2011, I posted about my love for the vastly unappreciated The Flight of the Dragons cartoon movie that aired on ABC in the 1980s. It had a terrific voice cast including the late great Colonel Potter Mr. Harry Morgan. In fact, Harry’s passing was the reason I combed over some of things I loved as a kid growing up in the 80s. Watching Flight of the Dragons was a ritual when I went to visit my cousin. It reaffirmed a lot of things about life for me as a child, something I needed.
Well, fast forward, a reader of mine tipped me off that a Kickstarter had been created to fund a live action version of The Flight of the Dragons. The film is purely independent and will be funded by fans.
“The Flight of Dragons” unfolds in an age when magic and science coexist uneasily, and humans still walk the earth alongside wizards, unicorns, and dragons. One of the four most powerful mages on the planet, Carolinus the Green Wizard realizes that magic’s power is slipping in favor of the logic of science — a potential detriment to men, who need such magic to provide regular inspiration for themselves. Carolinus thus summons his three brothers for an emergency gathering, and suggests that they create a separate magical realm for themselves, via which they can send man the magic he needs on a regular basis. Two of the brothers agree, but the third — the evil wizard Ommadon — not only refuses to be shuttled off to this removed existence but vows to wage full-scale war on humankind with evil feelings and ideas. Because the rules of the universe forbid Carolinus and his other two siblings from going head-to-head with Ommadon, they must seek out a human hero with the power to stop him. Carolinus sends this request to the Fates. They, in turn, select Peter, who is, of all things, a man of science.
Originally an animated film, this new incarnation will include a special live-action trailer before it is released as a live-action feature in individual parts. This ambitious and passionate project adapted from the speculative natural history book The Flight of Dragons, as well as The Dragon and the George, stars legendary Seattle actor Andrew Tribolini (“A/V”) in the starring role of Carolinus. Joining him is a talented crew including Emmy Award-winning composer Carl Johnson (“Piglet’s Big Movie”), visual effects artist Mikhail E. Merkurieff (“Age of the Dragons”), cinematographer Connor Hair (“5th Street”), as well as acclaimed fantasy artist Christos Achilleos (“Willow”) to create concept designs for the creatures. A couple folks who contributed to the 1982 film are contributing their time and work as well, including artist Wayne Anderson and composer Maury Laws.
The Kickstarter for this project has 38 days to go with a goal of $18,000. [LINK]