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Pete's Dragon

Pete's Dragon

The genius of Walt Disney died with him.  Since his death the Disney Studios have produced only two worthwhile films, Escape to Witch Mountain and The RescuersPete's Dragon falls short of the old Disney quality standard.

Elliot, the dragon, is fine; so are the kids and, to some extent, Red Buttons and Mickey Rooney, when they are drunk.  Jim Dale is far from enjoyable as a traveling phoney medicine man.  He ranges from silly, below toddler stage, to bar room antics and jokes.

The film revolves around an orphan boy who is owned (he was sold to them) by a dirty family, the Gogans, lead by their mother, Shelley Winters.  Elliot, the animated Dragon, interplays with the real people on screen, mostly to protect the little boy.

When the dragon is on screen the film is fun.  Elliot is a lovable Dragon in the vein of "Puff the Magic Dragon."  His best scene is with Rooney and Buttons as they describe a beast they are searching for.  The beast is Elliot who does not perceive of himself as ominous.  The description frightens the Dragon and the three, Rooney, Buttons and Elliot, tip toe through a cave scared out of their wits by each other.

All turns out well as expected and Elliot is a hero in the end.  With a little more of Elliot, Pete's Dragon would have made a fine film, but too much of Jim Dale's nonsense makes a dull two hours.

 
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