Walt Disney built a pop culture cornerstone using the timeless fantasy classics. However, the great dragon featured very little during Walt’s lifetime. The first two dragons featured for only a handful of minutes in their features and not until the very end. The last dragon to appear during Walt’s lifetime not only continued this trend but took it to extremes. Madame Mim may now be Disney’s forgotten dragon.
Madame Mim – Magnificent, Marvelous, Mad
Our third dragon appears in the 1963 film, The Sword and the Stone. The storyline was a bit of a departure as it did not feature a progressing plot line so much as unique characters and cute songs to drive the story. One of those unique characters ended up being the Magnificent, Marvelous, Mad Madame Mim.
Madame Mim, like Maleficent before her, is a woman that uses magic to transform herself. As she begins a wizarding duel with Merlin, she sets out the rule that neither could become a dragon. But Madame Mim is all about the bad and once she’s in trouble the rules go out the door. And that’s when we’re graced with our third Dragon of Disney. For eighty seconds.
As her predecessors, Madame Mim only features as a dragon toward the end of the film. She maintains the form for less than a minute and a half and may have found her way into becoming the forgotten dragon of our list.
Outside of The Sword in the Stone, Madame Mim only really found some regular use in Disney comics. Outside of that, she lags behinds all but one dragon in use in the parks or other forms of media. But for the type of character she is in the film, her omission makes her stand out even more.
Despite initiating a battle to the death, Madame Mim is rather a comedic character. Mix that with the unconventional storyline of her film and you can see where the character became lost. While the Sword in the Stone has had the signature anvil and sword stuck in Fantasylands across the world and Merlin has a starring role in a Magic Kingdom attraction, this “villain” has found her way into obscurity.