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Pete's Dragon (High-Flying Edition)
Pete's Dragon
High-Flying Edition
Actors: Jim Backus, Mickey Rooney, Helen Reddy, Red Buttons, Shelley Winters
Director: Don Chaffey
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
G     2009     2hr 9min

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Actors: Jim Backus, Mickey Rooney, Helen Reddy, Red Buttons, Shelley Winters
Director: Don Chaffey
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Kids & Family, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Animation, Animation, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Animated
DVD Release Date: 08/18/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/1977
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1977
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 2hr 9min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 18
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 3/19/2011...
Great movie!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Barbara K. from LA CROSSE, WI
Reviewed on 2/17/2010...
This is a fun, family friendly, musical with a hit song, "Candle on the Water". It's dated by the limited graphics, cast and like most musicals has a thin story line that wraps up at the end a little too fast. But the kid is great, I always love Mickey Rooney and Helen Reddy has a beautiful, clear singing voice. The villains are entertaining and Red Buttons is always a pleasure to watch. If you've seen all the other Disney stuff, then you really should see this one.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Angie Kathleen L. from OREM, UT
Reviewed on 12/13/2009...
The first time I watched this movie it was newly released and I was a lot younger. The movie was magical and I walked around with the songs filling my head with joy for well over a year. This time around I'm a bit jaded by the current state of special effects. Still, it was a lot of fun! I enjoyed seeing Red Skeleton and Red Buttons again. Also, I loved the bonus feature chronicling some history of Disney animation leading up to the making of this movie--and beyond. It is time for a new generation to enjoy the simple pleasures of this uncomplicated movie.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Charming & Heartwarming Film; excellent extras!
Dave | San Diego, CA | 08/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

""Pete's Dragon" (1977) has become a somewhat forgotten Disney movie that was originally inspired by the success of Mary Poppins (45th Anniversary Special Edition) as a live-action/animation musical. The story finally got the green-light in 1975; songs were by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, and an all-star cast was assembled: singer Helen Reddy in her first film role, Broadway's Jim Dale, Shelley Winters, Red Buttons, Jim Backus, and Mickey Rooney. Sean Marshall, in his first acting job, portrayed the title character of Pete.

Pete is a young orphan who has escaped the abusive family that adopted him: a dirty bunch of hillbillies known as The Gogans (Jeff Conaway, Kenickie from Grease (Rockin' Rydell Edition) [Blu-ray] plays one of The Gogans). They adopted Pete to use him as a slave. Elliott, a large green dragon who can become invisible at will, helps Pete escape, and acts as his friend and protector. Pete ends up in the small village of Passamaquoddy, where he is taken in by kindly Nora (Reddy) and her father Lampie (Rooney). The two own the lighthouse in town, where Nora waits for her boyfriend Paul to return, even though he was lost at sea years before. The Gogans find Pete and attempt to steal him back, with the aid of Doc Terminus (Dale), a medicine showman, and his shill, Hoagy (Buttons). Although fairly predictable, it is a heartwarming story with an excellent cast and music that is light and breezy. Definitely good fare for the young!

Nominated for Best Original Score and Best Original Song ("Candle in the Water"), pleasantly sung by Reddy.

When watching today, the animation looks a little antiquated, as digital animation and the ability to combine live-action with cartoons has obviously improved since 1977. Still, with the limitations of the day, what the Disney team was able to create is still quite impressive. The entire town of Passamaquoddy was built on the Disney backlot, with a functioning lighthouse built above Morro Bay, California. The US Coast Guard had to give permission to Disney to actually light it so as not to confuse real ships in the water. Disney's Golden Oak Ranch in Santa Clarita was also used for a number of outdoor shots.

Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound * Widescreen (1.66:1)--Enhanced for 16x9 TVs. This was the first Disney film recorded in the Dolby Stereo sound system. The clarity and color of the image of the DVD are excellent; sound is good too, but nothing that will really blow your speakers away. Running time of approximately 129 minutes, which is just about 5 minutes short of the original roadshow version.


Sneak Peeks: Snow White on Blu-ray, The Prince & The Frog (theatrical), Disney Blu-ray, Hannah Montana the Movie, Up, D23, Earth, and Tinkerbell: The Lost Treasure.

Brazzle Dazzle Effects (25:23): Narrated by Sean Marshall (Pete) who is heard present day, but never seen! Sean takes us on a journey telling the history of live-action/animation in Disney films, beginning the Alice Comedies. Virginia Davis (Alice) recalls pantomiming to invisible animals. "Children love to pretend. I loved to pretend, too." Disney thought that by putting a live girl in an animated setting he could get a leg-up on the competition. Ub Iwerks joined the Disney team early, left, and then returned in the 1940's. Many of the special effect processes that have made Disney film magic possible were a result of his genius. "The Three Caballeros" was a milestone in 1945 in combining color live-action film with animation. Using rear-screen projection and special process-lab effects, Iwerks helped the film accomplish many things never seen before. The real jump came in 1959 with "Ten Who Dared," a film that used the Sodium Vapor Process Screen. Using yellow lights/filters, filmmakers were able to block out backgrounds that made it easier to combine the animation. Without this process, "The Parent Trap" and "Mary Poppins" would never have been possible. Marshall recalls filming "Pete's Dragon" in the summer of 1976. He loved the entire process: special effects, acting, dancing, makeup. "The only thing I didn't like was the fame!" He recalls Red Buttons and Mickey Rooney attempting to upstage each other, and how choreographer Onna White's instruction helped prepare him to be a college pole-vaulter. In this featurette, you will see the original live-action film and learn how it was combined with the animation. Very interesting to watch documentary.

Deleted Storyboard Sequence: "Terminus & Hoagy Hunt Elliott" (2:25)--Nothing really missed here!

Original Song Concept: "Boo Bop BopBop Bop (I Love You Too)" (2:35): Very pop-sounding; almost a little out of place. Not missed from the storyline, it featured both Pete & Elliott.

Original Demo Recordings (all from February 11, 1976):

Brazzle Dazzle Day: Alternate song, first attempt. The song was liked by re-written.

Every Little Piece: Alternate melody. Thought to be too somber, the lyrics were kept, but the melody was rewritten.

The Greatest Star of All: Deleted song for a deleted character. Artist Ken Anderson thought 2 villains were not needed, so both song and character were cut.

Promotional Record:

Pop versions of songs from the movie released on a 7" Vista record are presented here: It's Not Easy, Brazzle Dazzle Day, There's Room For Everyone, Candle on the Water.

Art Galleries: Concept Art, Behind-the-scenes, and publicity galleries. Varying quality, but still very cool to see, especially the behind-the-scenes shots.

Trailers: International & Theatrical Trailers

"About Pete's Dragon": 5 screens with production notes about the movie.

"Disney Family Album" (excerpt, 2:20): About artist Ken Anderson. He describes how he based Elliott on Wallace Beery - large, bumbling, but loveable. He also is seen at the Disney ranch, which he describes as his Laughing Place.

"The Plausible Impossible" (excerpt, 3:36): From the Disneyland TV show, October 31, 1956. Shows the Disney Art of Animation book, with chapter 5 about the Plausible Impossible--using animation to make the unreal look real. Clips from Fantasia shown.

"Lighthouse Keeping" (1956, 6:45): Donald Duck cartoon

Includes a game for the very young, where you must find Elliott.

Overall, a really great DVD with enjoyable extras."
Loved it as a kid, love it more now!!
J. L. Mould | Milwaukee, Wi United States | 04/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Pete's Dragon has always been one of my favorite movies. This is a wonderful classic movie you can watch with your children. The songs are fun, and lighthearted. I love the part when they sing about how they would use the dragon pieces. They do this silly little dance, which is really funny. I loved it as a child, and love it even more now. I think that Elliot is a dragon with a huge heart, and it is just fun to watch!"
Sorely Underated and Too Often Bashed
Tom Albright | Oregon, USA | 11/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It is really sad to see how cruel people can be out there. I will admit to you that this may be a little heavy for a kid's movie, but it has some excellent points to make. I continue to see this movie derided by people and press and it makes me very sad how people don't give it a chance. I wes very impressed with the music, I have all of the soundtracks, LP, Cassette and CD, I own the movie on VHS and DVD and it has always been my favorite movie of all time. Perhaps it's my favorite because it is such a step away from normal, lightheated children's movies. I read somewhere that Walt Disney was probably rolling in his grave when this movie came out, and I would like to say I believe that person to be sorely mistaken. While a bit flawed, this is truly an excelent Disney film. Remember, "There's Room for EVERYONE in this World" as the song states, give this movie a chance. This is a wonderful film to watch with your children and discuss afterwards, maybe even watch on your own. It is NOT strictly for children. While Pete's Dragon is based, derided, and generally forgotten, I urge all of you to at least rent this gem and bring it out of the obscurity it doesn't deserve."