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Dragons made real: Who did it best?
Poll: Dragons made real: Who did it best?
The Hobbit
Game of Thrones
Reign of Fire
Dragonheart
Beowulf
Other
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Ataahua
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Jun 2, 2:42am

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Otaku-sempai
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Jun 2, 4:29am

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Smaug is the benchmark for all other dragons. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Darkstone
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Jun 2, 4:46am

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Vermithrax Pejorative [In reply to] Can't Post

It's also the best dragon name ever.

Dragonslayer (1981)


sevilodorf
Grey Havens


Jun 2, 5:38am

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Harry Potter’s dragon held captive on Gringot’s// [In reply to] Can't Post

 


CuriousG
Half-elven


Jun 2, 2:23pm

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GoT [In reply to] Can't Post

A lot went into Smaug, but I never thought he was anything besides well-done cgi. The GoT dragons were on screen longer and seemed to have more "small-p personality," plus I thought they visually fit into the world better. It probably helped that they were good dragons, and I was sad when some got killed.


Otaku-sempai
Immortal


Jun 2, 4:32pm

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Well... [In reply to] Can't Post

…if we are talking about dragons coming off as living, breathing creatures then I'll take the GoT critters over Smaug (who is more of a personality thanks to motion capture and Benedict Cumberbatch's voice-work).


Ataahua
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Jun 2, 8:57pm

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Weta's achievements with Smaug set a high bar, especially with the way he exudes menace. But I think GoT goes a couple of steps further with Drogon et al; they have a weight to them, a visceralness (if that's a word), that's more tangible.


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sparrowruth
Rivendell


Jun 3, 4:53pm

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hobbit, but only by dint of not having seen any of the other works in question [In reply to] Can't Post

the voyage of the dawn treader did a fairly good job with the eustace-dragon but.....their more reality based creatures (reepicheep and aslan come to mind) felt, well, more realistic.


2ndBreffest
Lorien


Jun 3, 8:32pm

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yes... [In reply to] Can't Post

very impressive...and scary...especially for 1981 effects. PJ's Smaug just felt like any other lifeless digital effect we've all just been forced to accept these days.


Darkstone
Immortal


Jun 3, 8:52pm

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Practical effects make a difference. / [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Omnigeek
Lorien


Jul 4, 5:30pm

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Dragonslayer or Dragonheart [In reply to] Can't Post

In terms of making the dragons come to life like real creatures, I’d say Dragonslayer or Dragonheart. Dragonslayer in particular showed a dragon in its lair and with all the limitations and peculiarities of a real living creature.


Thor 'n' Oakenshield
Rohan


Jul 6, 1:14pm

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Smaug [In reply to] Can't Post

I do love the Game of Thrones dragons too, but Smaug has much more of a personality, and Cumberbatch's performance is so convincing. As for which dragons are more menacing, more dangerous - got to be the GOT dragons in that case, because Peter Jackson put Smaug into way too many positions where he looked very dumb and harmless *the fight-scene in Erebor*


swordwhale
Tol Eressea


Aug 17, 3:34pm

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HTTYD...seriously [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah yeah it's a "cartoon" but the artists researched their subject matter thoroughly; landscapes, vikings, animals... then ran off into yeehah land with it. I use HTTYD regularly in art classes as an example of doing your research in the real world, then interpreting it... but you have to understand the real thing first!

As for the others... Sure, you can conjure up a realistic dinosaur or scaly firebreathing dinosaur with or without wings... and they were all pretty darn good...

but populate and entire world with diverse creatures that still "look like" dragons as we imagine them, and keep doing it for years, three films and various series.

Make us fly and cry and shout for joy and hover on the edge of our seats as One More Villain tries to destroy them.

Remind us of there Best Dog/BlackCat/Horse we ever had a friendship with. Or the time we flew in a small plane, or underwater. Remind us WHY we form relationships, not only with each other but with other living beings.

Um, yeah, and make us buy all the toys... because...

How To Train Your Dragon is the best set of dragons, ever.

 
 

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