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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.
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.
After the massive critical and box office success of Mary Poppins, Walt Disney Studios tried and failed to duplicate that success with similar films (such as Bedknobs and Broomsticks). One such attempt was the 1977 musical, Pete's Dragon. The live-action film featured an animated dragon named Elliott as the primary selling point, though he's neither cute enough nor funny enough to support the picture. In fact, he's only in about 20 minutes of it altogether. A more accurate title might have been "Pete's Incredibly Boring Adventure That Also Has a Dragon in it for Some Reason."
In an attempt to escape from his abusive adoptive family, a little boy named Pete runs away to a little town named Passamaquoddy (this…
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?
This movie is so incredibly silly that it must pretty much be for children only. On the other hand, there is a lot of alcohol, there's physical and mental child abuse, and there are some gross rapey sexual suggestions. So I don't know what I just watched, but somehow it had me feeling good by the end of it.
I'm not sure if this is a good movie, but it's an enjoyable one with a lot of really fun music. The performance from the main child actor is plain bad, but the supporting cast are ridiculously, and gloriously, over the top. It has a lot of energy and moves quickly. Goofy, silly fun.
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Task # 17: A film with an imaginary friend
If I had had an imaginary friend, I hope they would have been like Elliot!
Pete's the cutest.
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When I had my tonsils out at the age of five, my grandmother bought me a plush dragon from the hospital gift shop. I named it Elliott. This was my favorite movie up to the age of five. How could it not be for a kid like me whose first loves were cartoons and giant reptiles like dinosaurs and Godzilla? Here we had everything rolled into one with a young boy who had a giant cartoon reptile all of his own. While it's true I had the experiences of some fairly questionable parental decisions in terms of horror movies under my belt, my tastes were diverse. I still remember Elliott being my favorite thing in the whole world for a…
Pete's Dragon is over two hours long, which is certainly pushing it for a children's musical, but it's such an adequately weird movie that I don't really mind. I love that it starts en media res, with Pete (Sean Marshall) running away from the sadistic hillbillies intent on exploiting him and that this leads to a fun song showing just how sadistic they are. This silly tone is present throughout the movie, and it keeps things fun. There are a ton of aspects of the movie that I don't think I would have appreciated as a child (such as Jim Dale's performance as Dr. Terminus), but these are things that I can certainly appreciate now.
Aaaah, there's some childhood right there...
Rather charming. The animation blends well with the live action - even if it has a slight Mary Poppins feel. Jim Dale is great value too. Creaky enough to just about justify the remake though.
In 1977 I was 5 years old and I loved this film when I was a kid - and I can still remember quite a bit about it today. This film helped me to fall 'in-love' with dragons... a childhood wish to have a pet dragon of my own just like Pete. It's a wonderful family film with a good story - great for all ages.
The movie has a pretty good soundtrack for a Walt Disney Musical - but my favorite song from the film is "It's Not Easy". I had the song on an old Disneyland album (Best of Disney Vol 2) when I was a kid. LOL I get a chuckle when I think about that today: Nostalgia. Pure nostalgia.
If you like movie like 'Eragon' or 'Puff the Magic Dragon' then you might like the film Pete's Dragon.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!