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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.
I have a soft spot for the original Pete's Dragon. Sure it's corny as heck, and some of the visuals are dated, but I liked the bond between Pete and Elliot the dragon, the animation for Elliot is still nice to look at, especially the clever effects for when the dragon is invisible, the songs are solid, Helen Reddy has a nice supporting role, there's great comic relief from Mickey Rooney, Jim Dale, Red Buttons, and Shelley Winters, and it's a fun time for the kiddies plus people like me who dig kooky slapstick comedy. Definitely enjoy the moments of the movie that would not make much family entertainment today, like Mickey Rooney's drunkenness, Elliot belching liquor, and that fairly…
No excuse for me taking this long to rewatch (except, this summer has been remarkably chilly for NH compared to last year's 5+ month hellter swelter) (and now being mid-July, I'm kinda wondering when that nasty heat dome they said was set to spread out from Arizona-CA-NV-OR is heading eastward). I was saving it for a special occasion. Like when I couldn't stop from erupting into an ocean of tears after Benji 3 days ago (hence why I've been mostly absent from the horrorshow that is Twitter- I'm sorry, but I'm going to need time before I can face another wave of Alton Sterling's). If anyone can plug up that dam and wipe away the emotional storm clouds, it's Disney.…
Very underrated Disney movie and easily one of my Top 5 favorites. A lovely story in a different setting with interesting characters, some downright despicable and other very likeable and funny. And in the center of it all, a little boy and his Dragon.
I've always loved the songs too. Really worth watching.
Pete's Dragon has some wonderful character animation. Rarely is there a moment in which its namesake, Elliott, doesn't have great facial expressions and rarely does his movements come across as jerky. The first close up of him is especially solid (seen here), but many examples are present throughout the film that show just how instantly likable he is. The animators, under the direction of Don Bluth, do whatever they can to make that character as charming as possible, and even when nothing else is on good form, there's always the adorable dragon to look forward to.
Unfortunately, not only is nothing else on good form, but it drags itself to such an overlong 129 minute runtime that you spend more…
Viewed on DVD
This was my first time seeing 1977s Pete's Dragon and my expectations were met.
There is a reason it has taken me this long to see a Disney movie made when I was three years old.
Pete's Dragon is an average film at best.
Some of the songs are good but not all.
Some of the characters are interesting and others not.
But I can also see why some people who grew up watching Pete's Dragon love this film so much.
It was also the first available Disney on VHS.
According to IMDB.Com: This was the very first film released on VHS by Disney's home media outlet, Walt Disney Home Video. They HAD done releases on the…
This is a decent film. Lots of cringe songs for sure. The plot is interesting. Loved the dragon in it. Its bit to long for a family film. It was funny at times, but not the best Disney live action out there.
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I have not watched this movie in ages (cant find it) but I cant remember how many times i watched Pete's Dragon. One of my favorite movies and i LOVE Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney and Red Buttons.
I know they just did a remake (that apparently is better but doesnt have much in common with the original....) and i wont go see it because they changed it so much. I hate when they remake stuff like this....it worries me that this one will be left in the dust compared to the new one.
Shelly Winters was awesome in this too (as always)
Also, i really wish this kid had been more movies, he sure was adorable.
I could watch this movie over and over and over again.
It was great to revisit a childhood favorite with a child of my own.
This is the second 1977 Disney movie about a blandly cutesy orphan escaping greedy adults with the help of one or more cartoon animals I’m watching today. This one’s slightly better, but only slightly. Of course it also holds the unique distinction of being the only movie that has a small child singing a love song to a giant monster, at least to my knowledge.
I think I saw this once or twice as a kid. Not very memorable for me. Watching it again, it's no wonder the songs here aren't as beloved as other disney live action films... As for the film well, it's okay I suppose. I will say the digital restoration is pretty stunning, it looks great.
Lots of heart and energy. A few songs go on a tad too long and while the kid who plays Pete is a good singer he's not the best child actor I've seen. Still though, he really goes for it and it's endearing to watch. I was also impressed with the animation/live action blending effects. Damn good for 1977.
Helen Reddy's singing voice made my heart grow bigger.
Yes, it has catchy tunes. Yes, it has a very enderaing title character. Yes, it has silly jokes. Those are definitely things young kids can latch onto and love. Still: it's overly long, very boring, does not respect either the viewer or its own characters. And please, don't get me started on the creepy psycho undertones of most of the songs.
A decent Disney family film.
Pete's Dragon came out in the same year as Star Wars, and i have a feeling that it's cinematography and overall style simply was too old fashioned by then. There's a good blend between live-action and animation for it's time, even if it's not as impressive as Mary Poppins (done more than a decade before).
The thing with this film is that it's mostly average. The plot is predictable, but makes sense. And the central relationship doesn't seem all that unique. The songs are mostly forgetable too. Coming out at a time when Spielberg and Lucas were ready to take over family entertainment, Pete's Dragon just seems to lack enough energy.
Might be entertaining for fans of classical Disney films, and it's definitely not a bad one. But it's not solid enough overall and will most likely bore kids accostumed to modern Disney.
A childhood favorite.
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