Pete's Dragon

Pete's Dragon

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Director: Don Chaffey

Cast: Don Chaffey, Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney

     
 

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Based on a story by Hollywood old-timers Seton I. Miller and S. S. Field, Pete's Dragon divides its time between its flesh-and-blood characters and an animated green dragon. Pete (Sean Marshall), a lonely orphan boy in turn-of-the-century Maine, runs away from his abusive foster family. He stumbles upon a lovable dragon named Elliot, and the two becomeSee more details below

Overview

Based on a story by Hollywood old-timers Seton I. Miller and S. S. Field, Pete's Dragon divides its time between its flesh-and-blood characters and an animated green dragon. Pete (Sean Marshall), a lonely orphan boy in turn-of-the-century Maine, runs away from his abusive foster family. He stumbles upon a lovable dragon named Elliot, and the two become inseparable companions. Elliot is visible only to Pete, leading the townsfolk to assume that the boy is a trifle tetched. Pete finally finds happiness with his "new" family, lighthouse-keeper Lampie (Mickey Rooney) and his daughter Nora (Helen Reddy, who sings and sings). British comic actor Jim Dale co-stars as the wacky dentist Dr. Terminus.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Following in the tradition of hybrid classics like Mary Poppins and Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Pete's Dragon is a live-action musical adventure where real people interact with Disney-style animated characters. Namely, a cartoon giant dragon named Elliot that is occasionally invisible. It was a big hit at the box office at the time of release, and even was nominated for two Academy Awards, for the musical score and the song "Candle on the Water." Made during a bit of a rocky time for Disney, this is still just a mediocre effort and mostly just good for nostalgia value. The hammy overacting is almost unbearable, particularly an over-the-top Mickey Rooney as lighthouse keeper Lampie and shrill Helen Reddy as his daughter, Nora. Acting veterans Shelley Winters and Red Buttons also make exaggerated appearances. The animation is subpar, but it marks one of the last projects by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman before they left Disney and went to make classics like An American Tail. This movie is no classic by critical standards, but it has enjoyed a long life on home video with younger viewers. For its 1984 re-release, Pete's Dragon was cut down to 104 minutes, but was restored to its original length for the 2001 DVD release.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/16/2012
UPC:
0786936825305
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1AB
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
541

Special Features

Blu-ray: Brazzle Dazzle Effects: Behind Disney's movie magic Deleted storyboard sequence Original song concept: "Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)" DVD: Original song concept: "Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)"

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Helen Reddy Nora
Jim Dale Dr. Terminus
Mickey Rooney Lampie
Red Buttons Hoagy
Shelley Winters Lena Gogan
Sean Marshall Pete
Jim Backus The Mayor
Charles Tyner Merle
Gary Morgan Grover
Charlie Callas Elliott
Jane Kean Miss Taylor
Jeff Conaway Willie
Walter Barnes Captain
Al Checco Fisherman #1
Henry Slate Fisherman #2
Jack Collins Fisherman
Robert Easton Store Proprietor
Roger Price Man with Visor
Robert Foulk Old Sea Captain
Ben Wrigley Egg Man
Joe E. Ross Cement Man
Calvin Bartlett Paul
Irwin Kostal Conductor

Technical Credits
Don Chaffey Director
Don Bluth Animator
Gordon D. Brenner Editor
Jerome Courtland Producer
Art Cruickshank Special Effects
Lucien M. Hafley Set Decoration/Design
Joe Hale Animator
Joel Hirschhorn Score Composer
Kasha Score Composer
Ken Anderson Animator
Irwin Kostal Score Composer,Musical Arrangement,Musical Direction/Supervision
D.A. Lanpher Animator
Danny Lee Special Effects
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
Louis Mann Production Designer
John Mansbridge Art Director
Malcolm Marmorstein Screenwriter
Seton Miller Original Story
Ron Miller Producer
Frank Phillips Cinematographer
John M. Poer Asst. Director
Henry Selick Animator
Jack Martin Smith Art Director
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Jesse Wayne Stunts
Onna White Choreography

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Pete's Dragon
1. Opening Credits [4:30]
2. The Gogan Gang [5:55]
3. A New Day [6:06]
4. Welcome TO Passamaquoddy [4:18]
5. Lampie Meets Elliott [5:41]
6. A Little Bit Scared [4:42]
7. A New Friend [3:44]
8. A Plain, Ordinary Dragon [5:52]
9. Dr. Terminus [8:47]
10. Being Realistic [6:32]
11. Uninvited Guests [10:49]
12. The New Student [7:55]
13. A Rough First Day [3:03]
14. A Devious Plan [4:46]
15. The Doctor Makes a House Call [3:45]
16. Finally Home [:51]
17. The Gogans Come To Town [4:49]
18. To Catch a Dragon [6:13]
19. Setting the Trap [2:45]
20. Tricking Elliott [4:00]
21. Elliott to the Rescue [8:43]
22. Let There Be Light [4:10]
23. Happy Endings [4:38]
24. Saying Goodbye [2:08]

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