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Pete's Dragon [1977] (1 disc)
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Director:Don Chaffey
Writer:Malcolm Marmorstein
Composer:Irwin Kostal
Songs:Al Kasha
Joel Hirschhorn
Length:128 minutes
(2 hours 8 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Kids
IMDB Rating:6.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:50%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Comedy
  • Fantasy
  • Kids
  • Family
  • Cartoon
  • Action
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Synopsis: Pete's on the run from his former "caretakers" when he comes across Nora and her father who tend the local lighthouse. Unbeknownst to most of the town, however, Pete has an invisible dragon as a friend and guardian.


Reaction: Charming and great for kids.


Personal Rating: 8/10

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Don Chaffey => Director
Malcolm Marmorstein => Writer
Irwin Kostal => Composer
Al Kasha => Songs
Joel Hirschhorn => Songs
Cal Bartlett => Paul
Charles Tyner => Merle
Charlie Callas => Elliott (voice)
Gary Morgan => Grover
Helen Reddy => Nora
Henry Slate => Fisherman #2
Jane Kean => Miss Taylor
Jeff Conaway => Willie
Jim Backus => The Mayor
Jim Dale => Dr. Terminus
Mickey Rooney => Lampie
Red Buttons => Hoagy
Robert Easton => Store Proprietor
Robert Foulk => Old Sea Captain
Roger Price => Man with Visor
Sean Marshall => Pete
Shelley Winters => Lena Gogan
Walter Barnes => Captain

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Unlike most Disney films, the original soundtrack album was released by Capitol Records because Helen Reddy was signed to them at the time. She recorded a single version of {Candle on the Water} with a different arrangement that was released as a single, and both it and the film version of the song were on the album. The single did not make the pop charts but reached #27 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. Walt Disney Records acquired the rights to re-issue it on CD in 2002, but only the film version of the song was kept, while the single version has appeared on CD on Helen Reddy compilation albums.
  • 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.
  • In her autobiography, Shelley Winters says that she tore a ligament in her foot during production of this film.
  • Originally, Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn were only hired to write one song, {Candle on the Water}. But the studio was so pleased with the song that they decided to make it as a musical and kept Kasha and Hirschhorn on to write the score.