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Pete's Dragon (1977)

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

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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... Nora
... Dr. Terminus
... Lampie
... Hoagy
... Lena Gogan
Sean Marshall ... Pete
... Miss Taylor
... The Mayor
... Merle
... Grover
... Willie
... Paul
... Elliott (voice)
... Captain
Al Checco ... Fisherman #1
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Storyline

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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A brazzle dazzle extravagazzle. See more »


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3 November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pete y Elliot el Dragon  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

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

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(Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, Elliott the dragon was not to be seen at all in the film and remain invisible throughout. However, members of the studio animation department gradually lobbied studio heads to increase the amount of visible screen time. At first it was decided he would be only seen at the end of the film, but ultimately the character's screen time was increased to 22 minutes. See more »

Goofs

In the Razzle Dazzle Day number, when Nora, Pete, and Lampy are ascending the lighthouse, Nora and Pete have paint all over their arms and hands. When they reach the top and begin to wipe the glass, they are clean. See more »

Quotes

Pete: Where's Elliott?
Lena Gogan: [comes out of the closet behind him and grabs him and messes up his hair] Nowhere! Your hokey pokey dragon is out helpin' Santa Claus pull his sled! Boys!
Pete: Let me go!
[Willie and Grover lift him up by his legs and Pete pounds on them and tries to get free]
Lena Gogan: You're never gonna get away again! We're gonna put chains on ya when you're workin'!
Merle: And when you're not workin'!
Willie: And when you're sleepin'!
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Soundtracks

The Happiest Home in These Hills
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Music and Lyrics by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
Sung by Shelley Winters, Charles Tyner, Gary Morgan, and Jeff Conaway
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Originals are Better
14 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

With the release of the newly updated version out this past Friday, I wanted to write about the original Disney masterpiece, Petes Dragon. It was a great memory as a child, watching this magical film and singing the songs. I realize that not everyone is a fan of musicals or Disney films in general, but this was one of the last true musicals, up there with Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Mary Poppins.

I like the original, it has depth and feeling. Remakes just make me feel like I'm paying for a story I already know. Some remakes can be good, but the original Petes Dragon isn't even that old of a film. And I know Disney has a history of remaking a lot of their own films, but Petes Dragon? It's a classic.

This film has so many memorable moments, from the characters to the sets to the music. Mickey Rooney as Lampie was great, probably his most remembered role ever. And Helen Reddy as Nora was excellent, and her song Candle on the Water is beautiful. And Doc Terminus, played by Jim Dale was hilarious and charming. He is a real treat to watch in any Disney film.

If you love Disney films, watch the classic and give it credit where it's due.


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