Pete's Dragon

1977, Movie, G, 134 mins

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Set in turn-of-the-century Maine, PETE'S DRAGON tells the tale of an orphan (Marshall) who runs away from his nasty foster family and encounters a charming animated dragon named Elliott (Charlie Callas provides the voice). Marshall eventually finds happiness in the company of Reddy, a lighthouse keeper's daughter. Elliott is a clever creation, sure to delight audiences with his ability to disappear at will, and the Disney sets and production values are as fine as ever. But the film lacks the emotional complexity and classic status of previous Disney films. This was in 1977, however, and in less then a decade Disney Studios and its offshoot, Touchstone Pictures, would be among the most successful in Hollywood. A half hour was trimmed off the running time for a 1984 rerelease of PETE'S DRAGON. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Adapted Score and Best Song ("Candle on the Water" by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn). leave a comment

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