Sunday, March 18, 2012


I was watching How To Train Your Dragon and I knew it was coming, I knew it. The NOT QUITE DEAD moment, where the hero has finally done something heroic and for awhile we think he might be dead. His family or friends walk over slowly, there is either a sad theme song or silence. They say his name a few times hoping he or she will answer. No answer. We begin to tear up, thinking he can’t be dead. He can’t be. Then the hero either coughs or slowly opens his eyes, THEY’RE ALIVE!!! Yet, in How to Train Your Dragon, there’s a twist, he wakes up, but he’s missing his foot so they have to get him a prosthetic! What? I was expecting the NOT QUITE DEAD, but not the missing appendage.  

So to honor How To Train Your Dragon, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite twists on the classic NOT QUITE DEAD moments. In no particular order:

1.     Homeward Bound an Incredible Journey: start at 4:43

After all Shadow has been with the gang from saving a child to escaping a pound, you’re not going to randomly kill him in a giant hole. Wait, are you? Don’t you do it! Whoa that was close. They could have almost killed him in a large event, but no they pull out the surprise attack. Shocks me no matter how many times I watch it.

2.     Jungle Book

Baloo has the best line ever after not being dead. And interrupting your own eulogy and wishing you were dead so that Bagheera (that’s how it’s spelled) would continuing praising you. Could we expect anything less from Baloo?

3.     Indian Jones and the Last Crusade
Clip not available, but most of the Tank scene is LINK, sped up of course. 

Entering not knowing why other people are sad (when you’re supposed to be dead after a tragic tank accident) there’s no one like Indy.  

4.     Lion King
Start at 6:10.

Mufasa lies there pretending like he’s dead so his son will finally grow up. Then he appears later in a cloud to deliver some more tough love. Gotcha Simba! Wait… o, he’s actually just dead. Sorry.

 The Hollywood Defender

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