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 become

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:
0786936828498
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1AB
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
6,942

Special Features

Disc 1 - Brazzle Dazzle Effects: Behind Disney's Movie Magic - Learn about the history of Disney's magical mix of live-action and animation; Narrated by Sean Marshall (Pete)!; ; Deleted Storyboard Sequence: "Terminus & Hoagy Hunt Elliott" - Listen to a rare, demo dialogue track as you view storyboard sketches; ; Original Song Concept: "Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)" - Hear the first demo recording from 1976, with early story sketches of Pete singing to Elliott!; ; Disc 2 - Original Song Concept: "Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)" - Hear the first demo recording from 1976, with early story sketches of Pete singing to Elliott!

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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

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 Comes 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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Pete's Dragon 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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This is a great dvd if you are a kid or a kid at heart. Very heart warming and the songs and effects were outstanding for the time. Disney does a great job with their bonus features too so the kids will have a blast!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember when I was young watching this movie.. Such a neat idea back then to mix cartoon with real people. I loved watching it then and I love it even more now.. I watch it with my two young nephews. A great classic all should see :"
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never saw this as a kid, but watched it recently...I had always heard it was a letdown, or second rate. That isn't fair. True, it doesn't have the wit, pace, or taste of MARY POPPINS, but on its own terms it has much to recommend....the animated dragon is the thing, and it works....you root for him and laugh with him. The human cast is fine....Best of the bunch is Jim Dale, who outdoes himself as the villain....The only true oddity here is the leading lady. Helen Reddy, known for singing rather than acting, seems less than "brazzledazzle" when reading her lines. If you've never seen PETE, or it has been awhile since you have....take another peak.
ktsm0m More than 1 year ago
It was a favorite for my children 20 years ago an now a favorite for my grandchildren. Disney always hits the spot.
1Atomic More than 1 year ago
I loved this music and dance packed film. The best balance of fun for children, adults and families of all ages. The all-star cast cannot be beaten! A modern day classic with a message promoting "differences" and "diversity" in the most non-preaching and highly entertaining fashion possible. A masterpiece. The dragon is so cute and funny! You will laugh, cry and sing-a-long. Pete's dragon reminds of the movie "ET", but with the great, strong, gutsy and pleasing voice of the lovable Ms. Helen Reddy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My older daughter loved this movie when she was in preschool. Even though there is some drinking by characters, the rest of the movie is worthwhile. Wonderful musical score and dance scenes. Anne Murray and Andy Rooney are wonderful! What child can resist the combination of cartoon dragon and real people? I bought this copy for my grandson Elliot and expect him to thoroughly enjoy it!
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