Disney’s "Pete’s Dragon" DVD Review & Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In DVD Reviews
August 7, 2009

Growing up, I loved to watch the Disney Classic “Pete’s Dragon (High-Flying Edition)!” I love the songs and storyline and my children love to watch it too! It’s so neat to be able to experience one of my favorite movies with my children and see the same joy they have while watching it. On August 18th, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release “Pete’s Dragon” on DVD. This is a must-see Disney movie that has made it’s way into the homes of families since it’s debut in 1977. You’ll enjoy the combination of animation and real-life characters as you enjoy “Pete’s Dragon.”

“Pete’s Dragon” was nominated for two Academy Awards (for Best Music, Original Song and Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Score). You’ll enjoy the cast which includes 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”), with Charlie Callas as the voice of Elliot the Dragon.

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

• 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

Pete’s Dragon is a fun musical adventure about Pete, a young orphan full of spunk who has a friend named Elliot, who just happens to be a tubby, 12-foot tall dragon who can make himself invisible. Pete (Sean Marshall) takes refuge from his abusive adoptive family in the seaside town of Passamaquoddy (sing with me now), Maine. Elliot’s invisible powers are neat, but end up getting Pete into trouble. Nora (Helen Reedy) notices the young boy’s plight and offers him a place to stay with her and her father Lampie (Mickey Rooney) in the Passamaquoddy Point Lighthouse. Lampie tends to drink a lot so when he tries to tell the townspeople about Elliot the invisible dragon, but they are nothing but amused. Dr. Terminus, the local quack, comes into town and discovers that Elliot is in fact real! Once he sees the dragon, he draws up a scheme to capture the dragon.

You’ll love “Pete’s Dragon!” Some of the songs were even nominated for Academy Awards, including “Candle on the Water,” “There’s Room for Everyone,” and “Brazzle Dazzle Day.”

STREET DATE: August 19, 2009
Pricing: $29.99 US, $35.99 Canada
Feature run time: 129 Minutes
Rated: ‘G’ (US); ‘G’ (Canada)
Bonus Materials Not Rated
Technical specifications may only apply to feature.
Aspect ratio: Widescreen (1.66:1)
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1 surround
Languages: English

Dragon In the Cave (Film)

Nora (Film)

Chase (Film)

Featurette: Dragons (Bonus)

Monsters (Bonus)

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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