|Mother of Dragons' by Yama Orce (YamaO) at Deviant Art|
This in of itself would not be unusual, but we are seriously up to our eyeballs in werewolves and vampires. Why not dragons? Dragons are an essential piece of the fantasy-genre, yet so few films and television shows have featured them. In years past, special effects artists relied on claymation, animatronics, miniatures, or some poor guy walking around in sweaty costume, but now with the prolific use of CGI, why aren't there more dragons?
I've watched a "lot" of movies, but I can only think of a few films with dragons in them (even less for television). Here are all of the dragon-themed films and television episodes I can think of. Please add some of your own.
Dragons in film
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1. Excalibur, 1981 - Although an actual dragon was never shown, the "dragon's breath" was prominent in the film. Before Merlin was tricked into the netherworld by Morgana, he released the dragon's breath for his own purposes. One such purpose was to cloak Uther Pendragon into the likeness of Cornwall so he could seduce Ingraine, Morgana's mother. We all know what Uther's purpose was and Arthur was born soon thereafter. Ultimately, the Pendragons may not have been actual dragons, but they had a pretty cool name and coat of arms. Lest we forget the dragon's breath must have come from somewhere?
4. The Munsters, 1964-1966 - Thankfully, ‘The Munsters’ can be enjoyed through perpetual reruns. Even if it’s before you’re time, you’ve likely seen an episode of ‘The Munsters.’ So Spot the pet dragon should need no introduction. Unfortunately, the puppeteers never let poor Spot leave the stairs!
3. Doctor Who, 2005 - The new 'Doctor Who' series has had various episodes to feature dragon-like creatures. 'Doctor Who' can always be relied upon to contain at least one wild/fantastical creature per episode. If you haven't watched this show then you're missing out.
1. Game of Thrones - No list would be complete without the "Mother of Dragons," Daenerys "Stormborn" Targaryen. After receiving three petrified dragon eggs as a wedding gift, Daenerys has been tried by fire, quite literally. Her dragons hatch when she "attempts" to commit suicide by surrendering herself to the funeral pyre of her beloved husband. Out of the ashes a "clearly" fireproof Daenerys emerges, along with three "cute" baby dragons.