2024 Is the Year of the Dragon: Iconic Movies and TV Shows with a Dragon
Eight dragon-themed movies and TV shows to watch this Lunar New Year
Hello, 2024! 👋 While the ball may have already dropped and our calendars have started anew, we still have more celebrating to do. February 10, 2024, marks the celebration of the Lunar New Year, and if you were born in the years 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, or 2024, then you’re in luck, because this is your year, the year of the Dragon! This year is not just like any other; the Dragon stands out in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac as it is the only mythical creature in the system and symbolizes power, nobility, honor, luck, and success. And what else? We have 366 days to orbit the sun– yes, an extra day! This extra day means we have even more opportunities to celebrate the dragon-themed world through movies and TV shows.
We’ve compiled a list of TV shows and films featuring dragons to manifest a year filled with luck. Happy New Year!
1. Raya and the Last Dragon—Featuring Sisu
Venture into the mystical world of Kumandra, where the fun and noble dragon Sisu has her main character moment. In Kumandra, the quirky yet wise dragon forms a bond with Princess Raya to save Kumandra from a supernatural force known as the Druun. Sisu and Raya’s friendship reminds us of the beauty in trusting one another and the power of teamwork. In this film, the dragon is shown in a gentle and friendly light.
2. Mulan—Featuring Mushu
Mushu, defying the stereotypical image of dragons as fearsome beasts, is a bite-sized dragon who assists Mulan in saving China from the Huns. Unlike typical dragons, Mushu can’t produce a large fiery breath or fly, but his loyalty to Mulan throughout her journey in the Chinese army plays a crucial role in saving China. Sometimes, being in the right circle is all you need in life—you just have to let them find you.
3. How to Train Your Dragon—Featuring Toothless
Toothless, a Night Fury and the rarest breed of dragon, is destined to protect the people of Berk and become Hiccup’s greatest companion. His name derives from his ability to retract his teeth. Despite the differences between Hiccup, a human, and Toothless, a dragon, How to Train Your Dragon demonstrates that finding friendship is not rare, no matter how “different” the individuals may seem.
4. Shrek—Featuring Elizabeth
Dragon (Elizabeth) is infamously known for guarding Princess Fiona’s prison. Many soldiers have tried to defeat her, but most have met their demise in the attempt. When Donkey and Shrek set out to rescue Fiona, Donkey encounters Dragon, and through his charm, manages to flirt with her, ultimately saving his life. Fast forward to the end of Shrek II: Donkey and Dragon welcome their Dronkey babies. Exotic, right? Perhaps this suggests that love can indeed be found in the most unexpected places. As Valentine’s Day slowly approaches, Donkey’s story gives us hope.
5. Barbie as Rapunzel—Featuring Penelope
A friendly and naive dragon, Penelope is a loyal friend to Rapunzel. Despite her father repeatedly telling her that she is not “dragon” enough because she is not “terrifying,” her ability to accompany Rapunzel on her adventures and help solve challenges shows that there is more than one way to be a dragon. Penelope embodies the themes of friendship and bravery—perhaps being a girl’s girl is also a way of being a dragon.
6. Spirited Away—Featuring Haku
Haku, a majestic dragon with telekinesis and the ability to cast spells, guides young Chihiro through a spirit world. While he can be strict and sensitive at times, Haku is also a lovable and caring dragon who would do anything to keep his loved ones safe. Everybody needs a Haku in their life.
7. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Smaug is the epitome of the fearful dragon we have been familiar with since childhood. Known to be cruel and find joy in others’ suffering, he breathes fire and is an extraordinary flier. Played by Benedict Cumberbatch, Smaug not only shows us the true power of dragons, but also highlights stunning details of this CGI movie, keeping the audience always on their toes.
8. House of the Dragon—Featuring Multiple Dragons
Dive into the history of House Targaryen, which is known for its dragon-riding lineage. This TV series promises a saga filled with power struggles, and of course, dragons.
Happy Lunar New Year, Terriers! Let us know which dragon-themed movie or TV show is your favorite.