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Still shot from the movie: Pete’s Dragon.

Pete’s Dragon

When a young orphan named Pete (Sean Marshall) and his pet dragon (voice of Charlie Callas) run away from an abusive foster family, they meet Nora the lighthouse keeper (Helen Reddy), her father Lampie (Mickey Rooney) and a whole lot of adventure! This Disney Classic also features a mix of live-action and animation. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 128
Theater Release: 03 Nov 1977
Video Release: 16 Oct 2012
MPAA Rating: G
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Why Is Pete’s Dragon Rated G?


In this animation/live-action mix, a young orphan relies on an oft-invisible dragon to be his best friend. Scary-looking adults and angry townsfolk verbally threaten (with great detail) a child with violence and chase him. Slapstick-style comedy depicts property damage and people being knocked over or run down and falling into sticky substances. Kidnapping (and dragon-napping) is attempted. A character is stuffed in a sack, while others are trapped in nets and tangled in ropes. A harpoon cannon is used to try and kill a character. A boy is accused of pulling off a woman’s petticoat (the article of clothing is shown). A boy is seen in his underwear. A child is disciplined at school with a dunce cap and lashes to his hand. Characters purposefully misrepresent products that they are trying to sell. Men sing about catching a dragon and cutting up his body (with some graphic lyrics) for parts that will be used for making medicines. A potion for early puberty is used as a bribe, and stud fees are mentioned. Many main and background characters are shown drinking in a tavern. Main characters are frequently depicted as intoxicated, and their drunken actions are played for comedy. A dragon also tastes alcohol, and then burps fire that singes a couple of men. Sailors are shown in peril during a storm at sea.

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