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Staying Within The Lines
Season: 1
Production code: 16b
Broadcast number: 16b
Story by:
Chantal Strand
Written by:
Jeffrey Scott
Storyboards by:
Andrea Libman
Written & Storyboarded by:
Garry Chalk
Directed by:
Tim Eldred
Broadcast Information
PBS Kids Premiere:
October 18, 1999
Paired with
"It Happened One Nightmare"

Staying Within The Lines is the second segment of the sixteenth episode of the first season of Dragon Tales.


Quetzal and the dragons ask Max and Emmy to help recolor a black-and-white Dragon Land when the all of the color was washed out by a tremendous storm. However, Max has trouble coloring within the lines and causes the paint to run through the lines and make a mess.


It started when Max and Emmy were in their playroom. Once they were called to Dragon Land, the colors got washed away by a rainstorm. Quetzal asked them to help recolor them using paints, but Max has trouble staying within the lines, The dragons were summoned to the Stickleback mountains, where the giant was sleeping, Max thought it was a giant coloring book, Zak and Wheezie came out of their knuckerhole as soon they got Quetzal's message, Emmy and Cassie colored the flowers, while Ord and Max colored in the stream, and Max colored the fish and ran the water over the grass, causing Cassie and Emmy to draw the dam to keep the water from going away. Max tried to color in the rocks, but Zak told him he has trouble staying within the lines. Cassie insists Max in coloring the clouds, until he accidentally made a rainstorm, and Emmy told Cassie to grab two jars of yellow paint to color the sun. Emmy insists Max in coloring the dirt, Ord colored the snail, Cassie, Emmy, Zak and Wheezie, Max, and Ord colored the giant in the mountains. They all finished coloring, ending the episode.



Staying Within The Lines (transcript)

Memorable Quotes[]

  • Emmy: Are you all right, Max?
  • [All gasping]
  • Max: The giant thinks Ord and I took his color.

Home Video release[]


  • Just Imagine (2005) (Reader’s Digest tape)



  • TBA

Notes and Trivia[]

  • Moral: Although it's important to learn to stay within the lines while coloring or painting, being spontaneous and drawing outside of the lines is part of being an artist. It's also normal to color or paint outside of the lines when you're just a little child.
  • When Max and Emmy recite the rhyme to go home, it sounds a bit different than how it normally does.
  • This is one of the few rare times the show breaks the fourth wall, which in this case, Max scribbles onto the TV screen with a black crayon at the end.
  • It is the one episode both to have Ord turning invisible and to have Cassie shrinking.
    • On a side note, of all the episodes to have Cassie shrinking, it's the only one where she shrinks more than once.