Figment is the beloved purple dragon that is featured in all the various versions of the Epcot attraction Journey Into Imagination. Created by Dreamfinder from "two tiny wings, eyes big and yellow, horns of a steer, royal purple pigment and a dash of childish delight" in addition to (according to press material and Birnbaum's guide) a lizard's body and a crocodile's nose.
He also appeared in several of EPCOT Educational Films made for schools, including:
- Would You Eat a Blue Potato?
- What Can You See By Looking?
- Do Dragons Dream?
- How Does it Feel to be an Elephant?
- How Does it feel to Fly?
- How Does Sound Sound?
- What’s an Abra Without a Cadabra?
- Reading Magic with Figment and Peter Pan
- Reading Magic with Figment and Alice in Wonderland
In the original version of the ride, he acts as a young and curious student of the imagination to Dreamfinder. In the current version, he is well aware of what imagination is and is mostly a prankster, pulling tricks on Dr. Nigel Channing (Eric Idle) until he is willing to listen to him and his lesson that imagination works best when set free.
Behind the Scenes
Journey Into Imagination pavilion was one of the last of the original Epcot pavilions to be designed. Looking for host characters, inspiration was taken from the mothballed Discovery Bay project for Disneyland. An attraction called "Professor Marvel's House of Illusions" was to have been hosted by the titular eccentric scientist, who among his other endeavors, bred dragons as a hobby. The Professor and one of his smaller dragons would soon evolve into Dreamfinder and Figment. Figment was also inspired by a line in an episode of Magnum PI. In the episode, Higgins' garden was being destroyed by a goat Magnum hid in his backyard. When Magnum tells Higgins it's only a Figment of his Imagination, he replies that "Figments don't eat grass!". Realizing that a Figment of the imagination had never really been visualized, the dragon was given his name. During most of the development, Figment was green rather than his familiar purple pigment. At the insistence of Kodak, who thought the green was too reminiscent of business rival FujiFilm, the color was changed to how he is seen today.