Pete's Dragon

Film, Family and kids

Pete (Marshall) is orphaned and freckly; the dragon is animated and pale green. As a pair they're technically unconvincing and emotionally unpalatable, particularly when they snuggle together in close-up or when the dragon uses a gentle finger to lift a tear from his pal's eye. But the film's sentimentality is mostly contained in the trite and foolish songs; the remainder is familiar Disney knockabout comedy, depending for much of its appeal on the mugging of mountebank Jim Dale, his assistant Red Buttons, and Mickey Rooney's cuddly drunk of a lighthouse keeper. The dragon itself grunts, grins and goofs around, but isn't half as appealing as its creators obviously hoped. More character and better animation would have helped.

By: GB

Release details

Duration: 134 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Don Chaffey
Screenwriter: Malcolm Marmorstein
Cast: Sean Marshall
Helen Reddy
Jim Dale
Mickey Rooney
Red Buttons
Shelley Winters
Jim Backus
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