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Guest post: Jackie Gamber’s Top Ten Dragon Movies

I love books; that’s obvious. But I really enjoy the visual storytelling of movies, too (when it’s done well, of course). And there have been wonderful dragon movies I’ve enjoyed, that have certainly influenced me from a young age to now. I’m happy to share my list of 10 dragon movies.

I can’t put them in order from favorite to most favorite, because depending on my day and my mood, they all shift around in different places on the list. But these are 10 movies I would invite any friend to watch with me…and dare her not to enjoy.

1. “The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad”, 1958.
Don’t judge me. I’m a sucker for stop­motion. This movie is so great, really. Give it a try.

2. “Pete’s Dragon”, 1977.
If I’m to be honest, I’d have to admit this single portrayal of an utterly loveable creature had a significant impact on me as a kid, and has stayed with me to this day. I wanted a dragon of my own, so very much.

3. “The Hobbit”, 1977.
Don’t let the fact that this movie is animated lessen your interest. This movie was a big deal for its time, millions of dollars spent on voice acting and a groundbreaking animating technique that really set a standard. I remember watching this tv film as a kid with my family, as an event we anticipated for months. More influence on my fantasy­ loving nature, I’m sure!

4. “DragonSlayer”, 1981.
So many great things about this story. And the visual representation of this dragon—wow. Sticks with you.

5. “Never Ending Story”, 1984.
Come on, a furry luck dragon. Plus a bullied kid, and a fantastical world for him to disappear into. What’s not to love? By the way, can anyone tell me what Bastian (the actor, Barret Oliver) actually screams when he calls his mother’s name? I bought the book to find out, but he is not saying “Moonchild” in the film. He’s just not. I’ve paused, replayed it, and slow ­motioned through it repeatedly. I still don’t know what he says.

6. Willow, 1988.
There’s a two-headed dragon in this one. But more, so much more, to this film than that. Rumor has it George Lucas wrote the screenplay specifically for Warwick Davis after meeting him. I admire so much the use of the wide range of actors, and the talent! My favorite movies usually involve the non-Hollywood­ standard types.

7. “Dragonheart”, 1996.
Sean Connery as the voice of Draco. A stop­motion dragon that’s more real than anything I’d seen before, and anything I’ve seen since. The definitive. Adore is not a strong enough word to describe how I feel about this movie.

8. “Reign of Fire,” 2002.
What I enjoy about this movie is the concept of a sleeping dragon beneath the earth, and modern man digging so deeply, we awaken it. Plus Gerard Butler and Christian Bale. Dragonpocalypse, you betcha. Give your “suspension of disbelief” a whirl.

9. “Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real”, 2004
A “documentary” based on dragon studies, as if they had actually evolved. Includes scientific explanations for myths. The special effects are fabulous!

10. “How to Train your Dragon”, 2010.
Where do I begin? Dreamworks animated. Training montages. A boy who discovers there are more to dragons than he assumes. So fun.

And that’s my ten dragon movies I’d spend a day watching! With my family, and my best friends, because a good thing is a thing worth sharing.

About Jackie Gamber

As an award winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud. She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart and Sela, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion.

Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie Gamber was co-founder and Executive Editor of Meadowhawk Press, a speculative fiction publisher based in Memphis. One of their novels, Terminal Mind by David Walton, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 2009. Jackie also edited the award winning benefit anthology, Touched By Wonder. She has been a guest lecturer at Memphis Options High Schools, and is a speaker at writers’ conferences from Michigan to Florida. Jackie is also the visionary behind the MidSouthCon Writers’ Conference, helping writers connect since 2008.

Guest post: Jackie Gamber’s Top Ten Dragon MoviesRedheart (Leland Dragon Series #1) by Jackie Gamber
Published by Seventh Star Press on Apr 19, 2011
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads

Kallon Redheart lives with his back turned on his fellow dragons, on humans, and on everything he once understood. Riza Diantus is a young woman with dreams too wide to fit inside her village fence. Their unexpected friendship is risky in Leland Province, where drought has stripped the land and superstition has cowed its people. And the danger only grows. Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon Council Leader, resents Leland's time-worn venur system. He has inflamed tensions between dragons and humans to the brink of war. He wants to trample humans into utter submission, or wipe them off the face of the land. Anger erupts, scorching innocent lives in its path. When Riza is threatened, Kallon is the only one with the power to save her. But first, he must confront his past and the future he stopped believing in. He must claim his destiny.

  One Response to “Guest post: Jackie Gamber’s Top Ten Dragon Movies”

  1. I do <3 Falkor but no Eragon?

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