Pete’s Dragon High Flying Edition DVD Review

by Valerie, Mom Knows It All

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Pete’s Dragon (High-Flying Edition)

Available August 18th on Blu-ray & DVD!

I remember watching this movie as a child but didn’t remember everything about the movie. I pretty much only remembered the dragon. Age brings CRS with it, you know?

Pete’s Dragon is a movie that mixes actors and animation. It’s also the story of how an orphan Pete escapes from the cruel abusive Gogan family who bought him. On his journey to escape the Gogans he travels with Elliot (voice of Charlie Callas), a 12 foot magical green dragon that can become invisible, to a seaside town in Maine. Pete is invited by Nora (Helen Reedy) and her father Lampie (Mickey Rooney) to stay in the lighthouse. Lampie’s been known to tip a few drinks and lets the secret about Elliot slip. Most dismiss him as a drunk but Dr Terminus finds that Lampie is telling the truth and sets out to catch Elliot.

Even though movies don’t look anything like this anymore this one still looks great. There are loads of bonus features included in this release. Longtime Disney fans like me will love the Donald Duck animated short “Lighthouse Keeping”. I thought the Disappearing Dragon game was really cute and fun to play with CJ.

Pete’s Dragon is rated G and runs for 129 minutes. The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Music, Original Song and Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Score). Cast members include Sean Marshall (“To Race the Wind”), Helen Reddy (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), Mickey Rooney (Night at the Museum), Jeff Conaway (Grease), Shelley Winters (The Poseidon Adventure), Jim Dale (“Pushing Daisies”) and Red Buttons (“ER”).

Bonus Features

Brazzle Dazzle Effects: Disney’s Movie Magic – An entertaining new look at Disney’s pioneering work in the magical mix of live-action and animation, narrated by the star of Pete’s Dragon, Sean Marshall.

Deleted Storyboard Sequence: “Terminus & Hoagy Hunt Elliot” – A rare demo dialog track and storyboard sketches.

Original Song Concept: “Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)” – The first demo recording for one of the film’s unforgettable musical sequences with story sketches for an early concept of the song Pete sings to Elliot.

Original Demo Recordings (Audio Only) – A special audio-only feature that includes early demo versions of “Brazzle Dazzle Day” and “Every Little Piece” before they evolved into the songs heard in the movie. Also includes “The Greatest Star of All,” a song originally intended to be sung by Ferdinand, a character later deleted from the film.

Promotional Record (Audio Only) – Pop versions of “It’s Not Easy,” “Brazzle Dazzle Day,” “There’s Room For Everyone” and Academy Award nominee for Best Song, “Candle On The Water,” originally released together on a 7” record to promote the film’s music.

“Where’s Elliot?” – The Disappearing Dragon Game

Pete’s Dragon Art Galleries

Publicity

Trailers

About Pete’s Dragon

Disney Family Album

The Plausible Impossible

Lighthouse Keeping

Here’s a clip from the movie called Apples.

Apples (Film)


Pete’s Dragon is a fun family movie for both young and old. Enjoy!

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2 comments

Marj M. August 24, 2009 - 9:42 am

I am thrilled that I will be able to watch this when the DVD gets here. I remember the song and can sing it (0k, croak it).

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pat. August 25, 2009 - 6:27 pm

I liked it. It is a classic.

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