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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‘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.

Released in 1977, the family-friendly feature makes its Blu-ray debut with its 35th Anniversary Edition. While the high-definition treatment adds some “Brazzle Dazzle” vibrancy to the innovative pre-green screen adventure, Disney skimps on the bonus material, making fans of the film settle for a few recycled featurettes.

Set in New England at the turn of the 20th century, the film follows lonely 9-year-old orphan Pete (Sean Marshall) and his only pal, a giant green dragon named Elliott. While the rest of the story is told through live action, the violet-haired behemoth with the personality of a puppy dog is depicted as a cartoon.

While his magic lets him remain unseen to everyone but Pete, Elliott's colossal stature makes it all too easy for him to make a monster mess, which the child discovers when they venture into the quiet fishing village of Passamaquoddy. The lad hopes to start a new life there, but after Elliott (comic Charlie Callas provides the beast's grumbles, clicks and occasional growls) unintentionally causes chaos — and accidentally reveals himself to drunken lighthouse keeper Lampie (Mickey Rooney) — the boy and his dragon take shelter in a seaside cave.

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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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