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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.
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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.
Wow. Sometimes it's best to not spoil childhood memories.
- Don Bluth animation
- Shelley Winters
- Helen Reddy
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I loved this film as a kid because of the character Dr. Terminus played by Jim Dale now I've rewatched it, its aged poorly and the scenes at the lighthouse I'm not a fan of but the film's good because of Jim Dale's awesome performance.
Wow, not much love for this movie... And I guess if I was able to look at it objectively, I'd probably give it a 3, too. I mean, the kid can't act. There's WAY too much melodrama (trouble at school, a runaway kid, alcoholism, underground dragon organ trade, AND a missing husband? All set against the backdrop of a lighthouse that needs painting? Oh, my...). And seems like people don't think much of Helen Reddy. I thought she was decent. Certainly no worse than anyone else. And I really liked the music. I bought the soundtrack last year and still spin it pretty frequently (well, some songs are bad, but most are excellent). I'll watch it if I'm ever lucky…
- Don Bluth animation
- Shelley Winters
- Helen Reddy
While it's got some entertaining moments, I was largely overwhelmed. For a start, the film felt cliche enough that parts of the ending were pretty clear very early on. It also relies quite a bit on songs that just... weren't good, and in some cases just seemed to stretch on. I was a bit underwhelmed with Elliot as well, although he gets better as the film progresses.
Not terrible and it does have some moments, but just seems to be lacking.
One of my favourite summer movies, for some reason. I used to watch it a lot at my grandma's house.
Haven't seen the film in ages, but I was always a bit unsettled by it, and never quite succumbed to its charm. Everything looked very 70s, and the children were kind of annoying. I do like dragons though.
Cute, minor Disney. Some simple, very catchy songs and a couple clunkers. The dragon is the least interesting part - good thing they keep him in a cave most of the movie.
Uneven and too long, but it's sweet and has some fun cutting-edge-at-the-time practical special effects. "Poppins" it ain't ("Broomsticks" it ain't, either), but it's a fun journey into '70s Disney-land (and '70s hairstyles).
I couldn't quite get on board. It's intentionally over the top and very much of it's time. The story is slow and meandering, and very little seems to happen. The musical numbers are the highlight with fantastic choreography and the songwriting feels up to a Disney standard. The actors seem to be having a huge amount of fun but that feeling didn't reach me as a viewer.
Oh man, what bullshit this film was. I never understood why my parents never showed me this as a child and now I guess they were just doing me a favor. This is Disney at its worst. I mean, there's really no reason to watch this one, other than Mickey Rooney's degradation into old age and insanity. Also, everyone's drunk in this film for kids. Even the dragon. I don't know, it's just terrible guys.
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