Dragons’ World: A Fantasy Made Real

by December Lambeth on April 19, 2005

in DVD Reviews 

Everybody has their own opinion on myths and fairy-tales; true, most of us don’t think any of it could be real, but Dragons’ World does a pretty convincing job. If the special effects and scientific effort doesn’t hook ya, then check it out for the T-Rex and Dragon fight, that’s pretty cool.

Dragons’ World: A Fantasy Made Real
2 & 1/2 Stars

Released on DVD Spring 2005

Everybody has their own opinion on myths and fairy-tales; true, most of us don’t think any of it could be real, but Dragons’ World does a pretty convincing job. If the special effects and scientific effort doesn’t hook ya, then check it out for the T-Rex and Dragon fight, that’s pretty cool.

A scientist, Dr. Tanner (Paul Hilton), discovers the frozen bodies of medieval knights and the remains of an unknown creature in the Carpathian mountains. Watch as he unravels the mystery behind the creature with ‘scientific’ explanations and probabilities to substantiate the possibility of the existence of dragons. With a team of a biologist and data analyst working through theories while performing an autopsy investigation on the mysteries behind what made this creature fly, breath fire and outlive the dinosaurs. The documentary is shown through very realistic computer animated scenes, almost convincing the audience that dragons are not legends of fantasy, but possibly real.

The inspiration behind such a marvelous spectacle is the fact that dragons are described in great detail amongst multiple cultures that had no way of communicating with each other at that time in history. The Aztecs, the Polynesians, Chinese, and Europeans all recorded similar creatures identified as dragons that existed past the life of dinosaurs.

Animal Planet brings together a mockumentary through scientific facts of explaining the logistics of how the dragons existed and how their bodies worked.  Explanations are provided about how they were able to take flight with the discovery of an extra set of bags or guts that were filled with hydrogen and helped lighten the load. Dr. Tanner goes on to explain that the hydrogen, already existing within their body, mixed with flint that they would chew on caused a spark giving them the ability to breath fire.

The show goes as far as explaining a less romantic reason to why dragons and humans could not coexist; it gives a different twist to the virgin being sacrificed for the good of the village.

If you liked Animal Planet’s Walking with Dinosaurs then Dragons’ World is the show for you. The idea they try to plant in our heads, that these mythical beasts could have existed, is very entertaining and worth a gander. I am more impressed with the CGI FX specialist, Framestore CFC, the same studio who created FX for “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, it’s visual stunning to see how far we have come since Jurassic Park.

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