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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.
Why Is Pete’s Dragon Rated G?
Pete’s Dragon is rated G
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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 womans 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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Canadian Home Video Rating: G
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Home Video Notes: Pete’s Dragon: 35th Anniversary Edition
Release Date: 16 October 2012
To celebrate its 35 Anniversary, Pete’s Dragon will be releasing on Blu-ray, as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack.Bonus extras include:
- Great Value! Blu-ray + DVD!
- Brazzle Dazzle Effects: Behind Disney’s Movie Magic
- Deleted Storyboard Sequence: “Terminus & Hoagy Hunt Elliott”
- Original Song Concept: “Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)”
Pete’s Dragon: High Flying Edition
DVD Release Date: 18 August 2009
Pete’s Dragon flies onto DVD with scales of bonus features. Learn about the technical inventions that made it possible for an animated dragon to play with a child in a live-action movie in Brazzle Dazzle Effects: Disney’s Movie Magic (narrated by Sean Marshall, the star of Pete’s Dragon,). See the deleted storyboards for a sequence called Terminus & Hoagy Hunt Elliot. Hear the original song concept for Boo Bop Bopbop Bop -I Love You, Too.
Other bonus materials include:
- Original Demo Recordings (Audio Only) of Brazzle Dazzle Day and Every Little Piece, along with the deleted song The Greatest Star of All.
- Promotional Pop versions (Audio Only) of It’s Not Easy, Brazzle Dazzle Day and There’s Room For Everyone, along with the Academy Award nominee for Best Song, Candle On The Water.
- Disappearing Dragon Game: Where’s Elliot?
- Pete’s Dragon Art Galleries
- About Pete’s Dragon
- Disney Family Album
- The Plausible Impossible
- Lighthouse Keeping (a Donald Duck Animation)