What was the best "Dragon in a Supporting Role" movie you've ever seen?

Founded in 1999, Box Office Mojo has become the definitive source for all film revenues and grosses in the industry. We use it. Our competitors use it. And while much of the site is helpful, charting each film's revenue by day, week, and year, among a number of different metrics, it's their "Genres" section we recently discovered to be a bit off.

Among the 201 genres currently listed, defaults like Documentary and Musical stand alongside more unusual ones like Global Warming and Toys Come to Life. We know we're in an era of narrowcasting and catering to very specific tastes but some of these are just too strange to not shine a light on. Read on to see how you can contribute to film history. What was the best "Dragon in a Supporting Role" movie you've ever seen?

Founded in 1999, Box Office Mojo has become the definitive source for all film revenues and grosses in the industry. We use it. Our competitors use it. And while much of the site is helpful, charting each film's revenue by day, week, and year, among a number of different metrics, it's their "Genres" section we recently discovered to be a bit off.

Among the 201 genres currently listed, defaults like Documentary and Musical stand alongside more unusual ones like Global Warming and Toys Come to Life. We know we're in an era of narrowcasting and catering to very specific tastes but some of these are just too strange to not shine a light on. Read on to see how you can contribute to film history.

Genre: Comedy-Fish-out-of-Water Father
Most Successful Film: 'Three Men and a Baby'
Other Examples: 'Big Daddy', 'Cheaper By the Dozen'
Because "Fish out of Water" describes 90 percent of comedies produced by Hollywood, we have the (stereo)typical hapless father subgenre of comedy. These involve middle-aged, bored male protagonists who end up taking care of someone else's baby or becoming a reluctant stepfather/guardian to a petulant pre-pubescent kid. Judging by the list ('Old Dogs', 'Kicking and Screaming', 'The Family Man'), this is the genre A-list stars go to to balance out their good work (though 'Uncle Buck' and 'Parenthood' really are too good to be on this list.)

Genre: Controversy
Most Successful Film: 'Passion of the Christ'
Other Examples: 'JFK', 'Natural Born Killers'
This list is a compilation of all the movies that have sparked national outrage by one group or another or had water cooler, 'Did you hear about that?" moments. Some, like 'Dogma' and 'W.,' were bound to be instantly controversial based on their subject matter alone. We're more entertained by the unexpected reasons that appeared on the list such as "Vagina Flash" ('Basic Instinct'), "Anarchy" ('Fight Club'), and "Debauched Youth" ('Kids'). (We'd actually be just as interested in a genre's worth of movies on "Debauched Youth.") "Offensive Title," however, shouldn't even be on this list. If an offensive title was all it took to be controversial, strike down 'Daddy Day Care' and 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop' as they stand.

Genre: Mouse - Featured
Most Successful Film: 'The Green Mile'
Other Examples: 'Road Trip', 'Fantasia 2000'
It was a toss-up whether to make fun of this genre or "Mouse/Rat," inexplicably a separate category. There's just something absurd though about a genre called "Mouse - Featured." 'The Green Mile' is about a mouse like 'Avatar' is about smoking. Sure, it played a sorta-kinda role in the film but when was the last time you described 'The Green Mile' as "that film about the mouse"?

Genre: Womanizer/Cad/Player
Most Successful Film: 'Wedding Crashers'
Other Examples: 'Hitch', 'Boomerang'
The Womanizer category on its own is not an awful choice. You don't exactly have to drive 50 miles to the nearest art house cinema to find a movie where the male lead plays an obnoxious, Neanderthal oaf. It's the "Cad" part that's a bit puzzling. Does the average person search for movies by "Cad"? Was this genre choice the result of a Restoration Drama major eager to finally put his degree to use? Was "Buggerer", "Cuckold" or "Libertine" too esoteric? So many questions.

Genre: Puppet/Puppetry
Most Successful Film: 'The Muppet Movie'
Other Examples: 'Dark Crystal', 'Team America: World Police'
This category is presumably for that rare filmgoer that has both a penchant for film and an unwholesome fetish for puppets. With 'Muppets' in over half of the top 10 spots, this category seems a bit unnecessary. Kind of like having a genre called 'Pirates of the Caribbean.'

Genre: New Year's
Most Successful Film: 'Sleepless in Seattle'
Other Examples: 'When Harry Met Sally', 'Strange Days'
We can think of one day a year where this genre may be useful to a few people. Other than that, we've never been unsure of what movie to see and said to ourselves, "Show me anything with a New Year's scene in it." Unlike Christmas, which has led to a cottage industry of Noel-themed movies through the years, this one feels forced.

Genre: Submarine
Most Successful Film: 'The Hunt For Red October'
Other Examples: 'Crimson Tide', 'U-571'
If you can name all the movies on one hand whose major setting is a submarine, it probably doesn't deserve its own genre. Worth it though just to recall Connery's Russian accent in 'Red October,' which sounds conspicuously similar to his native Scottish.

Genre: Dragon - Focal Point of Movie
Most Successful Film: 'How to Train Your Dragon'
Other Examples: 'Eragon', 'Dragonheart'
General rule of thumb: if you have more 'Friday the 13th' films than films in the genre, it's time say goodbye to the niche demarcation. It couldn't possibly get any wor -- wait, there's a separate genre for "Dragon - Supporting Role"? Really, guys? You couldn't just combine the two together? Is the dragon union that strong in Hollywood?


Alright, Internet. It's time to make your voice heard. Boxofficemojo.com states plainly, "If there are any genres or sub-genres you would like to see represented here, send us an e-mail". In the interest of keeping the absurdity alive, we think there should be a new genre called "Talking Duck" that would include 'Howard the Duck', 'Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island' and, uh, that's all we have for now. Rise up Moviefoners and e-mail them here to get this much-needed genre added to the list. "Talking Duck" films have been overlooked for far too long and it's time to put an end to such a blasphemous oversight.

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