- “Now you shall deal with me, o prince, and all the powers of HELL!”
- ―Maleficent before transforming into Dragon Maleficent
Dragon Maleficent is the dragon form of Maleficent that first appeared in the climax of Disney's 1959 film, Sleeping Beauty. Dragon Maleficent has also made numerous appearances outside the original film.
In the film's final battle, Maleficent transforms into an enormous black, terrifying, fire breathing dragon in order to battle and destroy Prince Phillip. With help from Flora, Fauna and Merryweather, the prince was able to defeat her once and for all.
Maleficent's Dragon's most famous role outside the film is the nighttime spectacular Fantasmic!. The Queens summons Maleficent in order to destroy Mickey Mouse. She turns into a fire breathing lizard. Mickey appears and finishes her off with the sword in the stone. Maleficent is then destroy along with the other villains.
There have been two dragons used in the Disneyland version. The original version was a mechanical puppet on a JLG cherry picker. The new dragon debuted on September 1, 2009 after a rough period. The new dragon is the largest Audio-Animatronic ever built, standing at over 45 feet tall.
Each dragon has/had a codename:
- The old Disneyland dragon is conflictingly named either "Bucky" or "Dymo"; it is unknown which name was the actual one
- The current Audio-Animatronic Dragon is officially codenamed "Snaps McGee", but among many Disneyland alumni, it is known as "Murphy", named after Murphy's law following multiple delays over the Summer of 2009
- The Disney World dragon is the only old-style dragon still used, and is codenamed "Vivian"
- There is currently no data on the codename of the Tokyo dragon, though it is known it is a copy of "Snaps McGee/Murphy"
After unexpectedly coming back to life on Aurora and Philip's first wedding anniversary, Maleficent, as revenge for her last defeat, kidnaps Princess Aurora and takes her to Forbidden Mountain, but Philip, with the help to the three good fairies, follow her to get her back, which results in another battle against Maleficent's dragon form, after she catches them inside her lair. Since Philip no longer has the Sword of Truth with him, he manages to defeat the dragon again by tricking her in to biting her own tail with her venomous fangs, and killing her once more.
Dragon Maleficent makes a cameo appearance in the episode "Guatemala Malarkey" in a pit of fire as one of the booby traps in the cursed temple.
Dragon Maleficent makes numerous appearances in House of Mouse. In the first episode, Maleficent transforms into her dragon form as a visual gag to go with Daisy Duck saying that "the crowd is turning ugly!"
Dragon Maleficent reappears in the compilation film Mickey's House of Villains. Maleficent turns into her Dragon self during the song It's Our House Now. During the rest of the film she sits with Chernabog.
In the ABC series Once Upon a Time, Dragon Maleficent appears in Fairytale Land; but in Storybrooke, Regina (The Evil Queen) traps her in this form. Regina hints that Maleficent hates her for this. She resided in a secret lair under the Storybrooke Clock Tower. In Fairytale Land, Rumplestiltskin had Prince Charming hide his true love potion in a golden egg inside of her, and he later sent Emma Swan to retrieve it, in Storybrooke. Emma slayed Maleficent's dragon form and retrieved the egg with the potion.
The dragon appears in the film, but as an alternate form of Diaval, defending Maleficent from King Stefan's men instead of fighting Prince Phillip. In a scene, Diaval, at Maleficent's command, turns into a dragon and ferociously attacks King Stefan's troops inside the castle with a breath of fire.
Video Game Appearances
- Main article: Maleficent#Kingdom Hearts series
Maleficent transforms into her dragon form several times throughout the Kingdom Hearts series, usually for a boss fight. In Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, Maleficent the Dragon is defeated similarly to the original film as Prince Phillip fights her with a Sword of Truth, though Aqua helps him too.
- Sleeping Beauty's sound effects designer Jim Macdonald used castonettes for the sound of Maleficent's jaws snapping as the dragon. He got the sound of her fiery breath by asking the U.S. Army to send him some training films on using flame throwers. The biting sound of the dragon was also heard when Maleficent bangs the ground with her staff to silence the goons, as well has the biting sound of Tick Tock the Crocodile.
- The Sea Dragon in the Little Mermaid episode "Heroes" was based in design on Maleficent's Dragon form. This also technically makes that appearance the only one where Maleficent's Dragon form acted as a protagonist instead of an antagonist in an animated form.
- Dragon Maleficent makes a cameo appearance in a Timon and Pumbaa episode.
- Dragon Maleficent's scream as she was stabbed in a heart by Prince Phillip's sword is the same as the Witch's scream from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- When Mad Madam Mim turns into a dragon during her Wizard's Duel with Merlin in The Sword in the Stone (a rule Mim apparantly made and broke), the music heard during Maleficent's dragon transformation starts playing in the background.
- In the VHS version of the film due to it using pan-and-scan instead of widescreen, Dragon Maleficent's body isn't completely shown. Her tail is never seen until the point in which she falls over the cliff, and is ironically the last visible part of her before she is destroyed.
- Despite sporting a pair of wings, it's unknown if Dragon Maleficent is capable of flight. She does fall over a cliff, though her inability to fly here could be attributed to having suffered a mortal injury from Prince Phillip. However, she is seen flying in the Sleeping Beauty projecter screen from Epic Mickey and during the boss fight in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.
- There is a robot with the shape of this dragon in the "Phineas and Ferb" episode "A Hard Knight's Night".
- Dragon Maleficent's defeat was the most gory of the Disney Villains' defeats during Walt Disney's lifetime; when stabbed in the heart by Prince Phillip, blood was clearly visible.
- The dragon Gloomtail in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has a similar coloring scheme to Dragon Maleficent.
Incorporated Films and shorts: Alice in Wonderland | Aladdin/The Return of Jafar | Beauty and the Beast | Cinderella | Fantasia | Hercules | The Hunchback of Notre Dame | Lilo & Stitch | The Lion King | The Little Mermaid | Mickey, Donald and Goofy: The Three Musketeers | Mulan | The Nightmare Before Christmas | Peter Pan | Pinocchio | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl | Sleeping Beauty | Steamboat Willie | Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs | Tarzan | Tron/Tron: Legacy | The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
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Music: Dearly Beloved | Simple and Clean | Sanctuary | Mickey Mouse Club March | Swim This Way | Part of Your World | Under the Sea | Ursula's Revenge | A New Day is Dawning | Destati | Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo | He's a Pirate | Beauty and the Beast | This is Halloween | It's a Small World | Night on Bald Mountain | Winnie the Pooh | The Sorcerer's Apprentice | The Pastoral Symphony
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