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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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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.
Not watched this since the eighties and Lord I don't remember any of it!
From pissed up Mickey Rooney in a woolen polo neck, to the ginger orphan who looked like I did in the Seventies to a surprisingly good Helen Reddy to a magnificent lighthouse. This is is a musical treat with Jim Dale giving it his all as the stand out performer.
Cheesy, viel Gesang, aber noch mehr Nostalgie. 10 Gedanken:
1. Smaug kann einpacken, so krass ist Elliot animiert!
2. So schöne "Landschaftsaufnahmen" mit gemaltem Hintergrund.
3. Diese zweigeteilten Türen gibt es in Amerika nur für Comic-Relief-Momente, oder?
4. Pete schummelt beim Tic, Tac, Toe.
5. Nora: "Ich bin noch nicht einmal die Frau von irgendjemandem." *tiefer existentieller Säufzer*
6. Nach der Sichtung dieses Films finde ich,dess es der aktuellen Mode eindeutig an Puffärmeln mangelt. Besonders der Herrenmode.
7. Es gibt die Vorschrift, dass Drachen nicht auf dem Gelände von Leuchttürmen gehalten werden dürfen.
8. Die traurige Nora ist traurig, weil ihr Lover auf See geblieben ist.
9. Und wenn du denkst, es geht nicht mehr, kommt von irgendwoher noch eine Musical-Nummer her.
10. Der Film wurde von 135 auf 105 Minuten gekürzt. Die fehlende halbe Stunde zeigt bestimmt Drachen-Sex!
Brilliant heartfelt story, catchy and different music, and a dragon. What more can you want? This is a childhood film for me and its an example of how to get a childhood film right.
Even as a dragon-obsessed kid, I hated this movie. Elliot is the least appealing movie dragon ever and the rest of the movie is just dull.
Disney Scavenger hunt;
Yeah I know, a film about a young boy and his cartoon dragon. Of' course when it comes to dragons in movies like The Reluctant Dragon, Maleficent's Dragon formation, Elliott, Toothless, and Smog, you know dragons scream awesomeness in Fantasy films. Eliot is not the reason why I put ''Pete's Dragon'' on my Scavenger hunt list, Helen Reddy was the reason I put this film on the list, and Helen Reddy was one of the seriously big name singers of 70's and my parents probably grew up hearing her songs. Speaking of, I thought
the songs in ''Pete's Dragon'' were a little *Ef* like Pete's love song to
Elliott, and the farmer's ho down, but the biggest hit in this film was
Candle on the water, which I think was one of the best things that can out of ''Pete's Dragon.''
''I just realized, I CAN"T STAND YOU WHEN YOU'RE SOBER!''
Why would Disney remake this?
Hadn't seen this since the very early 90s, it's an incredible film making for 1977 combining live action and animation.
Really struck by how good the songs are.
A reeeeeeeal struggle. Too much music, not enough dragon.
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
(Last Updated: 28 July 2015)
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