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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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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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The original soundtrack LP contains extra lyrics to "I Saw a Dragon" and an additional chorus of "Passamashloddy" that were not in the film. See more »

Goofs

In the cave scene, the tic-tac-toe design moves from Elliot's chest down to his belly when Pete draws a line. Then it jumps back to his chest when Pete leaves with Nora. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Terminus: I hate Pa - pa - Pastahazootie, or whatever the name of this town is.
Hoagy: Quoddy.
Dr. Terminus: Yeah. I don't want to cure anybody here. They all deserve to have whatever they have.
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Referenced in On Cinema: 'Sausage Party' and 'Pete's Dragon' (2016) See more »

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It's Not Easy
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Music and Lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Sung by Sean Marshall and Helen Reddy
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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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