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Pete's Dragon (1977)

An orphan boy and his magical dragon come to town with his abusive adoptive parents in pursuit.

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Miss Taylor
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Al Checco ...
Fisherman #1
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In New England in the early 20th century, Pete is a nine-year-old orphan escaping from his brutal adoptive parents, the Gogans, with his only friend, a cartoon dragon named Elliott. They successfully escape to Passamaquoddy, Maine, and live with Nora, a lighthouse keeper, and her father, Lampie. Elliott is sought for medicinal purposes by the corrupt Dr. Terminus. Written by Matthew Anscher <ansch002@acpub.duke.edu>

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3 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pete y Elliot el Dragon  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$40,100,000 (USA)
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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

An early draft of the script had a character named Ferdinand, a showman who wanted to exploit Elliott and take him on tour. He even had a song called "The Greatest Star of All," which was cut when the character was dropped from the film. See more »

Goofs

Every time someone enters Elliot's cave, you see the same scene of waves in the background with the same color sky. Even when Nora looks out from the lighthouse it looks black, but then from Elliot's cave which is just down the beach, it's light blue. See more »

Quotes

Pete: [Pete, Nora, and Lampie are lobster fishing] I got one! I got one!
[pulls lobster out of the crate and holds it up]
Pete: Ugh, it's UGLY!
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Connections

Referenced in Phineas and Ferb: Let's Take a Quiz/At the Car Wash (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Finale: I Saw a Dragon / Brazzle Dazzle Day
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Music and Lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Sung by Helen Reddy, Sean Marshall, Mickey Rooney, and Company
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Amusing and entertaining film that combines live adventure with animation
3 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

Endearing animated monster movie about a lively dragon and his little friend . The story takes place in Maine circa 1908 , the starring are an orphaned 9-years-old boy named Pete (Sean Marshall) and his sympathetic dragon Elliot . Freckly Pete flee the overbearing foster Gogan family (Shelley Winters , Charles Tyner), who all utilize him as a slave instead of a kind child. When Pete can successfully escape from them with his protective dragon , his only friend , that only can see , then they stumble into the town of Passamaquaddy- an ocean front dock town plenty of fishermen, drunks and rare people . Pete's arrival does not fit well with the townsfolk , as his pale green dragon Elliott accidentally causes town destruction and rioting among the school teacher , the Mayor (Jim Backus) , the citizens , among others . Expecting to be an outcast yet again, Pete is cared by the loved Nora (Helen Reddy) who lives in a lighthouse with her daddy Lampy (Mickey Rooney ). And when a phony con disguising as a Dr. Terminus (Jim Dale) and his pal (Red Buttons) arrive in the little town , they see Elliott the Dragon as the ultimate profit to his fortune and money.

Enjoyable story that mingles animation with live action . This is a likable sort of a kiddies' adaptation of ¨Harvey¨ and another attempt for repeat the Mary Poppins magic . The dragon Elliott steals the show , as itself grins, grunts and botchers around.The primitive but efficient animation is by Don Bluth who subsequently would direct successes as Nimh , Anastasia and Titan A.E. .Colorful and evocative cinematography by cameraman Frank Philips . Agreeable choreography and beautiful songs and musical score by Irwin Kostal. The motion picture is professionally directed by Don Chaffey (Jason and the Argonauts, Lassie , million years B.C ).The children will get a kick out of this Disney musical . Rating : Acceptable and passable.


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