Blu-ray review: 'Pete's Dragon 35th Anniversary Edition'

It may get long in the tooth and sometimes breathes more alcohol fumes than actual fire, but the live-action/animation hybrid “Pete's Dragon” remains an agreeable and reasonably enchanting Disney movie musical.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: November 23, 2012
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Lampie's compassionate daughter/assistant Nora (pop star Helen Reddy) discovers Pete and invites him to live with Lampie and her in the lighthouse.

Rumors and Lampie's beery mutters about Elliott eventually reach slimy snake-oil salesman Doc Terminus (Jim Dale) and his tipsy helper Hoagy (Red Buttons). Familiar with the legends about the supernatural healing properties of dragon's blood, skin and organs, the greedy quack and his inept sidekick plot to capture Elliott.

Don't be fooled by the misprint on the Blu-ray case: The film's runtime is not 88 minutes; it's closer to 128 minutes. The fantasy suffers from too many comedians intent on one-upmanship as well as a glut of forgettable musical interludes penned by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (Academy Award winners for “The Towering Inferno” and “The Poseidon Adventure”), who did craft a few show-stealers with “Brazzle Dazzle Day,” “Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)” and the Oscar-nominated “Candle on the Water.”

While the effects look understandably dated, “Pete's Dragon” has enough winsome magic to captivate younger viewers, even if they don't make it all the way to the movie's end.

— Brandy McDonnell

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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