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Director:
Writers:
Malcolm Marmorstein (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 November 1977 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Brazzle Dazzle Brilliance! See more »
Plot:
An orphan boy and his magical dragon come to town with his abusive adoptive parents in pursuit. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Helen Reddy ... Nora

Jim Dale ... Dr. Terminus

Mickey Rooney ... Lampie

Red Buttons ... Hoagy

Shelley Winters ... Lena Gogan
Sean Marshall ... Pete

Jane Kean ... Miss Taylor

Jim Backus ... The Mayor

Charles Tyner ... Merle

Gary Morgan ... Grover

Jeff Conaway ... Willie

Cal Bartlett ... Paul

Charlie Callas ... Elliott (voice)

Walter Barnes ... Captain
Al Checco ... Fisherman #1
Henry Slate ... Fisherman #2

Jack Collins ... Fisherman #3

Robert Easton ... Store Proprietor
Roger Price ... Man with Visor

Robert Foulk ... Old Sea Captain
Ben Wrigley ... Egg Man
Joe Ross ... Cement Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rocky Bonifield ... Townspeople / Dancer (uncredited)
Patrick Dennis-Leigh ... Elderly Townsman (uncredited)
Kim Diamond ... Dancer / Townsperson (uncredited)
Debra Dilley ... Towns Girl (uncredited)
Debbie Fresh ... Child / Dancer / Singer (uncredited)
Rusty Gilligan ... Child / Dancer / Singer (uncredited)
George Golden ... White-haired Councilman (uncredited)
Ken Renard ... African-American Townsman (uncredited)
Dinah Anne Rogers ... Townsperson (uncredited)

Dee Giffin Scott ... Towns Girl (uncredited)

Johnny Silver ... Small Townsman (uncredited)
Dennis Stewart ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... White-haired Townsman (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Chaffey 
 
Writing credits
Malcolm Marmorstein (screenplay)

Seton I. Miller (story) and
S.S. Field (story)

Produced by
Jerome Courtland .... producer
Ron Miller .... producer
 
Original Music by
Irwin Kostal (score)
 
Cinematography by
Frank V. Phillips (director of photography) (as Frank Phillips)
 
Film Editing by
Gordon D. Brenner 
 
Production Design by
John B. Mansbridge (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
John B. Mansbridge 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Lucien Hafley  (as Lucien M. Hafley)
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
William Ware Theiss (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
La Rue Matheron .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
John D. Bloss .... production manager (as John Bloss)
Christopher N. Seiter .... unit production manager (as Christopher Seiter)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald R. Grow .... assistant director
John M. Poer .... second assistant director
Gary LaPoten .... assistant director (uncredited)
Richard Rich .... assistant director (uncredited)
Kate Tilley .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ken Anderson .... animation art director
Kurt V. Hulett .... property master (uncredited)
Bob McLing .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Steve Riley .... set constructor (uncredited)
Frank White .... laborer (uncredited)
Peter Young .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Raymond Craddock .... sound editor
Frank Regula .... sound mixer (as Frank C. Regula)
Herb Taylor .... sound supervisor
Barney Cabral .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ron Cooper .... boom operator (uncredited)
George Fredrick .... sound editor (uncredited)
Robert Hathaway .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Ben Hendricks .... sound editor (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
Bill Wylie .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Art Cruickshank .... special effects
Danny Lee .... special effects
Eustace Lycett .... special effects
David Domeyer .... special effects (uncredited)
Hans Metz .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Mike Reedy .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Harrison Ellenshaw .... matte artist (as P.S. Ellenshaw)
Dorse A. Lanpher .... effects animator
Art Cruickshank .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
John Emerson .... matte artist (uncredited)
Ted Kierscey .... effects animator (uncredited)
Eustace Lycett .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Moio .... stunt coordinator
Bobby Porter .... stunt double: Pete (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunt double: Mickey Rooney (uncredited)
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Boles .... gaffer (uncredited)
Dan Delgado .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Don Bluth .... animation director
Randy Cartwright .... character animator
Ron Clements .... character animator
Gary Goldman .... character animator
Bill Hajee .... character animator
Joe Hale .... layout artist
Chuck Harvey .... character animator
Glen Keane .... character animator: "Elliot the Dragon"
Cliff Nordberg .... character animator
John Pomeroy .... character animator: "Elliot"
Chuck Williams .... assistant animation supervisor
Ken Anderson .... character designer (uncredited)
Dale Baer .... animator (uncredited)
Betsy Baytos .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Ed Gombert .... animator (uncredited)
Leslie Gorin .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Don Hahn .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Vera Pacheco .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Herbert Ryman .... background artist: main titles (uncredited)
Henry Selick .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Hank Tucker .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Jeffrey James Varab .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chuck Keehne .... costumes
Emily Sundby .... costumes
 
Editorial Department
James Melton .... editor: animation
 
Music Department
Joel Hirschhorn .... songs: music and lyrics by
Al Kasha .... songs: music and lyrics by
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Irwin Kostal .... conductor
Irwin Kostal .... music arranger
Irwin Kostal .... music supervisor
Irwin Kostal .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mario Simon .... transportation co-captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Martin Allen .... associate choreographer
Ken Anderson .... creator: "Elliott"
David Baker .... dance arranger
Onna White .... choreographer
Betsy Baytos .... choreographer: Elliot (uncredited)
Bill Hutchinson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jerry Trent .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
John Wagner .... craft service (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pete y Elliot el Dragon" - USA (Spanish title)
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Runtime:
128 min | Argentina:130 min | Germany:102 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Germany:6 | Germany:0 (video rating) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:6 (2009) (DVD) | Netherlands:AL (2007) (DVD) | New Zealand:G | Norway:7 | Portugal:M/6 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:7 | UK:U | USA:G (Approved No. 25025) | West Germany:6 (cut version)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The film was a severe financial disappointment for Disney, who were hoping to repeat the success of Mary Poppins (1964).See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: In the song "There's Room for Everyone", Nora sings the lyric, "A dragon is just one more stranger in search of a friend," but she mouths the word "person" for "stranger".See more »
Quotes:
Willie:[after being knocked in the mud by Elliott] Somethin' hit me!
Grover:What somethin'?
Willie:If I knowed what somethin', I wouldn't call it somethin'! I'd call it by its name!
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Soundtrack:
I Saw a DragonSee more »

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22 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
What A Kids Movie Should Be, 22 March 2004
Author: ottolopsi from Ft. Wayne, IN



Too many people spend too much time comparing Disney movies to each other, as if to say that every Disney movie made should unfold in such a way as to easily identify it as a "Disney Movie." That's a shame, as each movie should be judged on it's own contributions to the motion picture lexicon. Fortunately for Pete's Dragon, it contributes something that is essential and valuable to a child's world: fun.

There's nothing too serious in Pete's Dragon. Granted, the catalyst for the action in the film is a boy running away from an abusive family, only to encounter an equally abusive society (not to mention a scheming charlatan who wants to capture - and kill - Pete's Dragon for his own monetary gain), but all involved in the production are aware that their target audience is children, and so all of the aforementioned is handled with kid gloves. The best example of this is the acting.

The cast does their best to have fun with their character and, as such, contributes greatly to the light-hearted tone of the film. In particular, the villains are played with great, over-the-top gusto, which is exactly what is needed in a kids movie. You want to teach children a lesson, not scare the crap out of them. As such, Shelley Winters as Ma Gogan and Jim Dale as Doc Terminus are classic kiddie villains: Winters stomps through her scenes in a bluster of hilarious hillbilly kookiness, while Dale steals every scene he's in - and nearly the whole show - in a deliciously maniacal role that should have one him an oscar - seriously!

Any actor can bring on the tears and boo-hoo their way through an "emotionally intense" role; they're a dime a dozen. It takes a real actor to come up with the kind of performance Dale did, in which every line of dialogue is nailed, and his voice and his body seem to be in completely in synch with each other and with the character. There is not one word left untouched by his genius. Especially fun are his interactions with his sidekick, Hoagy, played by Red Buttons. The two are perfect comic foils. They are no matches, however, for the straight-shooting Nora.

Nora (Helen Reddy), along with her father Lampie (Mickey Rooney) tend to the local lighthouse. It is in these two characters that children find their protectors. In any kids movie, there needs to be at least one character on screen with which children can find comfort and solace. Reddy plays Nora as a down-to-earth, take no bull lady who becomes a mother figure to Pete. Rooney plays Lampie as a drunken old coot who rides the fence about Pete until about halfway through, at which time he, too, joins the side of good. There's a lesson in this movie for adults, too.

Nora and Lampie both learn a little about life from Pete. Nora had decided to keep people at arm's length for fear of losing them (as she did her beau, a seaman who was lost at sea). Through her encounters with Pete, she learns to open up and allow love back into her life, this time in the form of motherly love. Lampie, too, becomes attached to the kid, and, throughout the process of his daughter and Pete bonding, learns that there's more to life than the bottle: there's family. These, really, are important lessons for adults, and ones that are never dated, rather, always applicable to any time and place. So is the lesson for children.

At the heart of Pete's Dragon is a simple message for children: hold tight to all that is right, no matter how bad life gets, and good things will come. Pete escapes a horrid life slaving away for the wretched Gogan family, only to run into the arms of a civilized society that looks down on him because of he's an outsider. He's anything but welcomed, and when things start going wrong, he's the first one to be blamed. No matter how hard he tries, society won't believe him, or accept him. He could easily make the wrong choice: give in and become the ruffian they all think he is or, worse, do what society did to him, and turn his back on his friend, Elliot, who is partly to blame for Pete's predicament, as he pulls pranks while he's invisible, leaving Pete to take the rap. In the end, his perseverance pays off: the town embraces him and he gets a family. This lesson is learned, as is to be expected in a musical, with a song and a dance.

The musical numbers are by far the weakest element in the movie. The songs are simple, yet they work (believe me, after you watch the movie, you'll find yourself spontaneously singing the choruses the next day). The dancing is the most difficult to digest, as it is often stiff and pointless. That's okay, though, as the story and the acting more than make up for it. When all is said and done, Pete's Dragon is everything a kids movie should be: educating and entertaining.

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