Pete's Dragon

1977 G 2h 8m Blu-ray / DVD

Pete's Dragon

1977 G 2h 8m Blu-ray / DVD
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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.
Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Shelley Winters, Sean Marshall, Jane Kean, Jim Backus, Charlie Callas, Jeff Conaway
Don Chaffey
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.66:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.66:1
English SDH, French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children. G - All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
age 7+

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 child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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