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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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His name is Elliott. He's 20 feet high, 40 feet long. He can become invisible at the drop of a hat, or spew red hot flames. In fact, there's only one way to bring this awesome beast under control... rub his tummy. See more »


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3 November 1977 (USA)  »

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Pete y Elliot el Dragon  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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Alcohol abuse is a key theme in the film's plot. Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, and songwriter Al Kasha all had alcoholic fathers. See more »

Goofs

During the song "Every Little Piece", Doc Terminus sings "Crowns!", then Hoagy sings "Sous!" The subtitles say Hoagy's line as "shoes". This is obviously incorrect, singing they are singing about money and sous is an old French coin or a small amount of money. See more »

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Lampie: [trying to sneak past the lighthouse into Elliot's cave]
[drunk, shouting]
Lampie: Shussh! We don't want- we don't want Nora... to hear us!
Hoagy: Ssshh!
Lampie: Huh?
Hoagy: SSSHHH!
Lampie: [pause, still shouting] We don't want Nora to hear us!
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Referenced in Phineas and Ferb: Let's Take a Quiz/At the Car Wash (2009) See more »

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Music and Lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Sung by Shelley Winters, Charles Tyner, Gary Morgan, Jeff Conaway, and Helen Reddy
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Obviously one of Disney's finest few
4 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For 1975 this children's classic is absolutely magnificent. Beautifully cast - masterful songs - brilliant color and scenery. Disney couldn't have produced a more memorable, masterful musical than this one. Mickey Rooney gives a fine, stunning performance as the comical, drunken 'Lampie' and is alloted full use of his veteran musical talents in 'I saw a dragon' - tripping about the saloon after a chance encounter with "Elliott".

Helen Reddy is dandy as 'Nora', the unmarried daughter. And Jim Dale and Red Buttons are at their comical genius best as 'Dr. Terminus' and 'Hoagie' - especially in their performance of 'Every Little Piece', which I countered in connection with an off-Broadway musical style quality - of which the song could also garner a Tony.

The Gogan's - I felt, almost stole the show - next to Elliott-the dragon. Their memorable hillbilly opener "happiest home in these hills" was brilliantly choreographed & performed. And actor Conaway is still remembered all these years later (outside 'Kenicki' in GREASE) as one of the bumbling, hillbilly brothers.

I proudly own my own DVD copy, the org. vinyl, and my new CD. Sadly, Disney doesn't produce high-quality action-animation like this classic much more these days. Which makes appreciating this film as a work of art.

PEANUT


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