One of Disney's last musical combinations of live-action and traditional animation spins the family-friendly tale of runaway orphan Pete and his pet dragon, Elliott, whom others can't always see.
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- Don Chaffey
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1978 Academy Award®
- Best Music Score nominee
- Best Music Song nominee
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; animated short; still frame art gallery; game; additional featurettes.
English SDH, FrenchClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that several characters in this movie get quite drunk. There are some fight scenes (though they are mild) and a scene of a teacher hitting a student.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable.
- Comical roughhousing, as Elliott (sometimes visible, sometimes not), knocks villains around -- usually into the water -- with his tail, or the bad guys get caught up in their own snares. A few "comical" songs in which the villains sing about either cutting up Elliott for medicinal ingredients or abusing/killing young Pete (roasting the boy "gently" on a BBQ, for instance).
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Though the heavy drinking does seem to put a weird stagger on the material, most of this is Disney-safe, with the message about holding out hope and maintaining childlike innocence and optimism. Expectedly, most grownups, except the villains, don't believe that Pete actually has a dragon, and adult-authority figures tend to be buffoons.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Was the sequel called Pete's Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings? Extravagant drinking imagery pervades, with Mickey Rooney's grandfatherly character as the town drunk. Other characters are repeatedly shown drinking or talking about drinking. Elliott the dragon himself imbibes of a flask. One guy, when he says he's witnessed a dragon, is accused of being drunk -- and advised to have a drink and get over it (!?). Raucous musical number in a saloon featuring rolling barrels and a final shower of beer suds (predicting the "foam parties" that would be popular with youth decades later).
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it