Archive for September 13th, 2008

Can faith coexist with reason? What is the nature of evil? Such deep philosophical themes, you wouldn’t expect it to be the topic of an animated film for children.

When I was a young child, I saw a movie that I enjoyed immensely: The Flight of Dragons. Produced in 1982, it was a fantasy animated movie about dragons, wizards, and magic.

The plot is set sometime during the 10th century, when the four wizards of the world gather to address the spreading influence of science. The resulting events are both entertaining and thought-provoking, as well as rich with allusion and reference–for a children’s movie. What I didn’t fully realize when I first saw the movie as a child is that the story of the movie explored philosophical themes deeper than a young kid like me could appreciate: themes like the dichotomy between reason (science) and belief (magic), the balance between good and evil, and the fabric of the universe.

Now many years later, I have the opportunity to present this fantastic movie again here on the internet.

Check out the film here.

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