Pete's Dragon

Pete's Dragon
Pete's Dragon
  • G
  • 2h 9m
  • 1977
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A heartwarming musical adventure about the friendship between a young boy and his invisible pet. PETE'S DRAGON casts a magical spell with thrilling plot twists and a delightful blend of live action and enchanting animation! Pete, a young orphan, flees from his cruel guardians to a Maine fishing town with a lovable but mischievous dragon named Elliott -- his one true friend! Fortunately for Pete, they are taken in by a kind lighthouse keeper, Nora, and her Father. But Elliott's flair for flying and disappearing at will continually get Pete into trouble. The adventure heats up when the townsfolk try to capture Elliott for their own gain -- only to discover that a fire-breathing dragon may be the only solution to an unexpected problem!

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Boring and slow, this is a lesser Disney work, though the animation isn't without its charms.
Variety Staff

An enchanting and humane fable.

June 21, 2017
Time Out

The dragon itself grunts, grins and goofs around, but isn't half as appealing as its creators obvi...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Janet Maslin

You don't often see children's musicals as ambitious as this one any more.

June 21, 2017
Film School Rejects
Christopher Campbell

Unique and badly directed.

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Offbeat live-action/animation mix with lots of drinking.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pete's Dragon combines animation with live action for what is generally a family friendly film. There are some problematic elements, especially with regards to alcohol. Extravagant drinking imagery pervades, especially with Mickey Rooney’s grandfatherly character. Other characters are repeatedly shown drinking or talking about drinking. Even Elliott the dragon himself imbibes of a flask. There are some fight scenes, though they are made up more of comical roughhousing than anything scary or violent. However, there are a few songs in which the villains joke about either cutting up Elliott for medicinal ingredients or abusing/killing young Pete, and there is a scene of a teacher hitting a student. Many of the adults, including Pete's abusive adoptive family are portrayed as buffoons, but overall, there are a number of positive takeaways from the story.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family
  • Release Date:November 3, 1977
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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