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Pete, a young orphan, runs away to a Maine fishing town with his best friend--a lovable, sometimes invisible dragon named Elliott! When they are taken in by a kind lighthouse keeper, Nora (Helen Reddy), and her father (Mickey Rooney), Elliott's prank playing lands them in big trouble. Then, when crooked salesmen try to capture Elliott for their own gain, Pete must attempt a daring rescue.
I have watched this movie every day for the last two weeks. Sometimes twice. I don't know if it's a good movie. I don't know if it's a bad movie. It has Mickey Rooney. It has Red Buttons. It has Jim Backus. Charley Callas makes a bunch of sounds. There are songs. One of them won the Oscar, so Helen Reddy has that in common with Three Six Mafia and Adele. I don't know where I am anymore.
Oh, Four Stars, because Shelley Winters falls in what are clearly feces more than once. In the movie.
This didn't fare very well on original release, and I've never been sure why. Sure, it lacks that extra bit of magic Disney's similarly made films have (Bedknobs and Broomsticks), but the story is fun, and the songs are a pleasure to watch. The technical presentation here is favourable, and the extras worthy of a watch.
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(From the Pete's Dragon soundtrack;www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW1rvhUr3XQ&list=PLz4Ft7OyzWsPe9rXFB-HiDC0plOLjjG2-&index=1)
I have a soft spot for Pete's Dragon, this live-action/animated Disney hybrid about the bind between a boy named Pete and a mostly invisible dragon. Is the film a little too syrupy? Yes in all its many cuteness scenes! Does it occasionally annoy the pants off me? Yes, a lot of the songs were filler and the film just screams corny, corny, corny. But why do I like Pete's Dragon? Well, the charm is just innocent that you just can't hate it (I'll save that for the proposed non-musical Disney wants to make with Robert Redford), even with all the filler songs (doesn't help that The…
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Holy fuck. Has Mickey Rooney always looked 119?
I really couldn't get into the songs and the silly slapstick. Was definitely more of a Witch Mountain kid. The songs were disappointing and far too frequent considering their mundane nature. The dragon animation was quite lovely but the real world/ animated interaction was clumsy and roughshod. Not a stitch on Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks or Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
I don't think there was a five minute stretch without a goddamn song in it. The acting is staggeringly broad. The effects are quaint. Nothing about the movie is at all genuine, which is probably to its benefit. And while the songs grated on me, they've been stuck in my head all day. Fuck you, Pete's Dragon. It could stand to lose at least thirty minutes, and maybe four songs. But it wasn't as hideously awful as I was expecting. It actually reminded me of Robert Altman's Popeye on more than one occasion (partly the time of the movie, partly the seaside setting, partly the genre), but it is definitely better than most of the Disney fare that came out during this period.
A 1977 movie that looks like it came out in 1957.
I prefer this to Bedknobs and Broomsticks, since it feels more original and authentic- it isn't entirely crypting Mary Poppins, at least not in comparison. I really do like the bond between Pete and Elliot, as well as Pete's with the human characters. And Passamaquoddy feels inviting from what we see of it.
But the music here can't compete with the Sherman Brothers on even an off day, as "Candle in the Water" is the only real memorable song here. The rest feel flighty and tedious, especially those with extended dance breaks, It's also not the best written or acted film period, but hey, for 70's Disney, you can do MUCH worse.
oh this movie was so good back in my childhood, but the songs always drive me insane, i mean they are so boring
Oh, boy. Pete's Dragon. This was such a staple of my Disney-influenced childhood, and it was a movie I remember watching A LOT in my elementary school years, so naturally, I had fond memories of it when I sat down to watch it again for the first time in I don't know how long. Maybe they should've stayed just that: fond memories.
It didn't take me long to remember just how much of a cheesy, G-rated family film this is. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with that, but it doesn't exactly work in the movie's favor, either. Pete's Dragon ultimately has two main problems: that it's aimed too much at the kid audience and that it has the feeling…
I watched this with my Granddaughter this weekend and boy was I entertained. It is so gradual how they put you to sleep with Political Correctness and dumbing down what kids take in. This was just magnificent its inappropriateness. Starts with a song by Pete's adopted family about how they are going to brutalize and torture him when they catch him. Goes on to have Pete fraternize with numerous drunken adults who are mocked and loved for there alcoholism. Pete goes to school and the teacher beats his knuckles with a ruler for lying to the tune of about 12 smacks. Then we break into a vivid song about how the Doctor is going cut up the lovable dragon for…
Boring and the songs aren't even fun.
A 1977 movie that looks like it came out in 1957.
1.5 out of 5 (C-)
Seemed like I saw this movie a dozen times when I was a child even though I disliked it. I don't why this movie irritated me when I was a youngster but it did. I watched snippets since then. It still gets on my nerves.
(Last Updated: 11 October 2014)
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