I can't remember when this film came about in my life but I was young. My Grandpop would tape various animation/kids films for me with his latest VCR. I would get monthly installments of new films this way!
Anyway, this film follows the World of Magic which is about to kick the bucket due to the real world becoming more and more involved with Science. Four wizardly brothers convene to discuss sealing their world off before humans stop believing in mysticism and magic. Three of the brothers (a white guy, an oriental guy and a black guy (McDonald's Advert)) agree with this but the fourth brother, Ommadon, who is somewhat grotesque in appearance fancies corrupting the world of men so he can take over all worlds. Voiced by James Earl Jones, he couldn't really lose!
The only way to defeat him is by taking his Red Crown which bestows him his powers. Carolinus the Green Wizard Brother summons forth a Man of Science (Peter) from the real world to aid their cause. He, along with Gorbash the Dragon and Sir Orin the Knight must trek across the land to defeat Ommadon.
After a sneak attack and a mishap, Peter and Gorbash get absorbed into one body. Gorbash' Body and Peter's Mind, and so the old dragon Smrrgol has to go along too to teach Peter how to be a dragon. They eventually pick up a Wolf, a female archer and a treetop elf whuch completes their party. They face many trials and many casualties along the way.
My love for a fellowship joining up and going on their merry way was what drew me back to this film again and again. Each person had their own unique skill and purpose. Their reliance on each other was commendable. The sacrifices they make for everyones freedom is beyond the call of duty.
The film also poses the question between logic and belief which isn't very subtle. An enjoyable animation though!