The Long, Weird History of Dragons in the Movies

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Dec. 16 2013 1:56 PM

The Long, Weird History of Dragons in the Movies

Dragons have taken many forms in the movies, from the benign (Falkor in The Neverending Story) to the terrifying (Maleficent in Disney's Sleeping Beauty). Leigh Singer's fun, well-edited video essay explores their long, weird cinematic history in time for the latest example, the box-office dominating Smaug.

You can check out the full list of films on Vimeo, and read Matthew Cheney's accompanying piece on the fasination of dragons over at Press Play. "Unlike the other popular fantasy figures these days—vampires and zombies—dragons are not transmuted humans," Cheney writes, "but rather something beyond us, other than us."

Aisha Harris is a Slate staff writer.