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Figment
Background information
Feature films Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Mickey's House of Villains
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (cameo)
Television programs House of Mouse (cameo)
Video games
Park attractions Journey into Imagination
Journey Into Your Imagination
Journey Into Imagination With Figment
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators
Voice Billy Barty (1982-1998)
Corey Burton (1999-2001)
Dave Goelz (2002-Present)
Performance model
Designer Tony Baxter, Steve Kirk
Inspiration Magnum PI line "Figments don't eat grass!", Professor Marvel plans for Discovery Bay
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Journey into Imagination: Optimistic, childlike
Journey into Imagination with Figment: Mischievous, "rebel with a cause"
Appearance Purple pigmented dragon with orange wings and yellow sweater
Birthday
Occupation
Alignment
Affiliations
Goal
Home The Dreamport
Relatives
Pets
Allies Dreamfinder, Dr. Nigel Channing, Mickey and Friends, Alice, Peter Pan
Minions
Enemies
Likes Blue potatoes, orange sandwiches, pink cauliflower, green milk, blueberry brownies, petunias, colors, books, words, adventures, friends, magic, rainbows, jumping, whirling, being crazy, solving problems with imagination
Dislikes
Powers and abilities Teleportation, duplication, hovering, flight, hammerspace access
Weapons
Fate
Quote "Dreamfinder, I'm just right!"
"Imagination works the best when it's set free."

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

The 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.

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