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Get ready for a magical adventure filled with friendship, fun and heartwarming songs in the new Special Edition DVD of Walt Disney's classic family film Pete's Dragon, now with dazzling new bonus features! It's a Brazzle Dazzle Day when an orphan named Pete and his best friend, Elliott, an invisible dragon, wander into the seaside village of Passamaquoddy. Although Pete befriends the lighthouse keeper, Nora and her salty old father , the townspeople think he is behind the hilarous accidents that keep happening. But after a daring rescue, everyone believes in Pete's fire breathing buddy. Featuring an all-star cast, Pete's Dragon is a timeless classic every member of your family will love.
Bonus Features Include: Disney's Movie Magic a history of Disney's magical mix of live action with animation, narrated by Sean Marshall (Pete), deleted Story board Sequence Terminus & Hoagy Hunt Elliot, rare demo dialog track and storyboard sketches, Original Song Concept: Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You Too) first demo recording March 1976 with story sketches for an early concept of the song Pete sings to Elliot, Original Demo Recordings: Brazzle Dazzle Day, Every Little Piece, The Greatest Star of All (Deleted Song for Deleted Character), Promotional Record, Four songs are pop versions of the songs used to promote the music and originally released on one 7 inch record including Academy Award nominated Candle on the Water.
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Cons: it may have lost some of its original magic for the adults
The movie opens with Pete, a young red headed boy running and hiding in the woods with his invisible dragon named Elliott. He is hiding from his foster family, the Gogans. As we hear from the first song The Happiest Home in These Hills, it's clear that Pete was abused physically and only used as a slave to work their farm.
They finally give up searching in the area where he was hiding after Elliott threw them all in a mud puddle with his huge tail. Pete traveled another three miles into the next town in Maine called Passamaquoddy. He finds a cave on a beach where he figured he and Elliott would live for now. Lucky for him, it was next store to a lighthouse where a nice woman named Nora lives with her father Lampie. Nora finds the boy and lets him live in the lighthouse with her, cleans him up and gets him ready for school and live the life of a normal 12 year old boy.
Meanwhile there's a new and unwelcome stranger in town, one Dr. Terminus. He is a scam artist posing as a doctor with "magical potions" that work as a cure all. When he discovers that there is a magical dragon in town, he references his potion book and finds that with different parts of the dragon's body he could legitimately make potions that actually work. He from then on plans to capture the dragon with the help of the Gogans and some townsfolk.
Will Dr. Terminus capture Elliott the dragon and cut him up to bits? Will Pete have to go back to live as a slave at the Gogan farm or will he live a long life with Nora and Lampie? Find out when you watch Pete's Dragon.
I remember watching this movie over and over when I was a child. It has been many years since I've seen it despite the fact that I have had the DVD in my collection for some time. The other night I decided to take it out and watch it with my six year old son so that he will enjoy it the same way I did when I was young. He did like it, but it wasn't as good as I remembered. It wasn't because the special effects weren't convincing, because they were good enough. I think what had slightly diminished some of the magic are the hokey musical numbers. This is really an all-out family musical, unlike most other Disney releases. I didn't remember that there were so many songs, and more importantly - more than half of them weren't too good, for Disney standards that is.
Yet, for a musical, this has a fine cast. Helen Reddy (I Am Woman) as Nora in one of the lead roles here, as well as Mickey Rooney (Night at the Museum) are fine choices. Mickey Rooney especially is a natural for this type of film, and not just because of his first name. Shelly Winters (Poseidon Adventure) turns out to be a natural choice for the evil Lena Gogan. With her teeth blackened, and her dirty rags and skin, she seems like a natural choice. One cast member kind of stood out of place, and that was one Jeff Conaway (Grease) in the role of Willie Gogan. The Gogans are an especially dirty looking family, but Conaway looks just a tad bit cleaner than the rest. His accent is a tad less hillbilly than the rest of the clan. It was a good idea to keep his role to the bare minimum in the way that it has.
For me, what saved this movie is the introduction of Dr. Terminus, played by Jim Dale (Pushing Daisies) and his sidekick Hoagy, who was played by Red Buttons (The Poseidon Adventure). Terminus and Hoagy had the best storyline and they sang the best of the songs like Every Little Piece. The came about almost halfway through the movie, and it was mostly then that the story had gotten interesting. Elliott the magic dragon wasn't really seen too much in the film, and only these two guys were really interested in the dragon oddly enough.
But, I still believe that the kids are going to love this movie. Some things may have to be explained to them such as the time period and the goofy hair styles, but the timeless story of a boy with a magical invisible dragon will hook them every time.
Directed by: Don Chaffey (Jason and the Argonauts)
Written By: Malcolm Marmorstein (Return to Witch Mountain)
Starring: Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, Shelly Winters
Length: 128 minutes