Cool World Collector’s Edition features a new 4k scan of the film from the original camera negative approved by Bakshi himself.
On September 13, 2002, Shout! Factory‘s release of Cool World Collector’s Edition on Blu-Ray is certain to raise eyebrows.
This adult animation won’t be for everyone. Unlike Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), it breaks the mould since not all cartoon movies were considered family friendly. It’s a black comedy from 1992 which predates Monkeybone (2001). And although the latter two were box office bombs during release, both have gained cult status since.
Plus, when David Bowie wrote a song for it, titled Real Cool World (see below), what could go wrong? It’s unfortunate that this music video isn’t included and the reason may be due to not having a high quality source to remaster from.
Peter Dickinson’s The Flight of Dragons looks at the mythical origins of the creature and postulates how they may have evolved based on real life science.
Not since 30 years ago has there been a worthy look at the nomenclature of dragons. Author Peter Dickinson and illustrator Wayne Anderson crafted the brilliant The Flight of Dragons. It’s a book that’s sadly forgotten. This unique tome and movie based on it looks at the mythical origins of the creature and postulates how they may have evolved based on real life science.
Literary observation and historical research fills the pages. The read is like that of a textbook. Dickinson draws upon centuries of research from clerics to theologians to explore the habitat and biology of a dragon. In what he gleams from various novelists, especially from Tolkien to McCaffrey, the ideas presented here read like something Charles Darwin would write.
Some readers might liken this work to that of On the Origin of Species. The prose is sometimes difficult to read, and whats presented is nothing like the Book of Dragons, as penned by a youthful Hiccup in the animated series How to Train Your Dragon. In the novels, Fishlegs is responsible for chronicling what they discover. His version gives stats and descriptions alongside illustrations. In Dickinson’s version, the drawings are phenomenally detailed. It’s doubtful that Hiccup will ever dissect a beast just to explain how the digestion system works.