- “Now you shall deal with me, o prince, and all the powers of HELL!”
- ―Maleficent before transforming into Dragon Maleficent
Dragon Maleficent was a dragon form of Maleficent that first appeared in at the end 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 (codenamed "Bucky") was a mechanical puppet on a cherry picker. The new dragon (officially codenamed "Snaps McGee" and known as "Murphy" among fans) 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.
Maleficent's Dragon 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.
She confronts both Aqua and Phillip on the bridge to King Stefan's castle and transforms into a dragon to battle them directly, but is defeated. Before she can be finished off, Maleficent flees the scene and begins her plans to capture all the seven princesses
When Xehanort's Heartless unlocked her heart, the darkness seeped into it, and Maleficent turned into a dragon, but the darkness did not see her through. Although she proved a far more dangerous enemy as a dragon, Sora still defeated her for the second time, the darkness ate her heart and she faded away into darkness.
By defeating Maleficent, Sora obtains the fifth page of Ansem's Report, and Donald learns the Cheer ability. Defeating Dragon Maleficent rewards Sora with the Fireglow Gem, which unlocks the ability to summon Mushu if taken to the Fairy Godmother.
In Sora's game, she is the boss of Hollow Bastion and is revealed to need to steal hearts in order to practice her magic and attempts to use the love found in Belle and Beast's hearts to make herself invincible. When Sora and company attempt to stop her, she turns herself into a dragon and attacks, shooting flames from her mouth, causing earthquakes by stomping, and trying to eat Sora. But she fails and is defeated.
- 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 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.
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