DGT #9: Dragon (Shrek)


Annnddddddd back to actual dragons this week. What could be more appropriate than a dragon named DRAGON?! Shockingly, this marks Eddie Murphy's second connection to an animated dragon for anyone keeping track.

Also, in honor of Game of Thrones coming out next month on April 24, 2016, I am hereby declaring the month of April DRAGON MONTH.  All of our loyal customers can get 20% off any order at checkout by entering the code "DRAGONMONTH" at checkout.  We have big plans for the upcoming GOT season, in which we hope the dragons will play a large role. You can expect all of the GOT dragons to get their own profiles leading up to the big day. Back to this week's profile...

Dragon is a giant magenta colored female dragon that is 100-feet long (or 30 meters) from snout to leg.  She sports a tan belly, black spines, white spikes on her cheeks, webbed ears, bat-wings, and a long spade-tipped prehensile tail. She is also overweight. She makes her appearance in the first Shrek movie, and then subsequently appears in all the rest of the Shrek movies, short films, Shrek the Musical (where she and Donkey sing a duet), and even video games. This fire-breather crossed species lines when she fell in love with the amiable Donkey (a.k.a. Eddie Murphy).

Dragon has obvious feminine features like lipstick and large eyelashes, to avoid any mistake in identifying her as a female dragon, since this is critical to the plot of the first movie.  She communicates using both her body language and loud roars.  After a rocky start, she and Donkey develop strong affections for each other and ultimately have Dronkey babies (new word!). Despite her love for Donkey, Dragon still is a dangerous carnivore who has eaten many knights and Lord Farquaad, although the latter act was to protect Shrek and Fiona. 

Here is one of the best scenes with Donkey and Dragon:

[Dragon looms above Donkey]

  • Donkey: Oh, what large teeth you have!  [Dragon roars]
  • Donkey: I mean, white sparkly teeth! I know you probably hear this all the time from your food, but you must bleach or something 'cause that's one dazzling smile you got there! And do I detect a hint of minty freshness? And you know something, you're... [the Dragon looks closer and Donkey sees she's female]
  • Donkey: A girl dragon... Oh, sure, I mean of COURSE you're a girl dragon! You're just reeking of feminine beauty and... hey, what's the matter with you, you got somethin' in your eye? [Dragon blows out a heart-shaped cloud of smoke
  • Donkey: Ohh... well, you know, I gotta go. I'm an asthmatic, I don't hold with smoke rings and stuff. SHREK! [Dragon picks Donkey up and carries him away]

Classic Dragon right there. I must admit that I am a little surprised by Dragon's choice in a significant other. I mean, a donkey?? That's just bringing shame to the dragon race, even if he is a smooth-talker.  But I guess that's what we should come to expect from a dragon named DRAGON. I am definitely not going to name my child CHILD, that's for sure. When all is said and done though, Dragon was a pretty awesome character. She saved the day at the end of the first Shrek movie when she ate Lord Farquaad and gave some meaning to Donkey's life.  Despite all this, I have absolutely no interest in watching her sing in Shrek the Musical. In my mind, dragons do not sing. They rap. Duh.

 


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