Pete's Dragon is a 1977 American live-action/animated musical fantasy comedy film directed by Don Chaffey, produced by Jerome Courtland and Ron Miller, and written by Malcolm Marmorstein. Based on the unpublished short story "Pete's Dragon and the USA (Forever After)" by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field, the film stars Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Jeff Conaway, Shelley Winters, and the voice of Charlie Callas as Elliott.
In New England in the early 1900s, an orphan named Pete rides his invisible dragon Elliott in the woods, fleeing from the Gogans, an abusive family that purchased Pete to work their farm. The family sings about how they'll treat him better if he returns, while expressing their true intentions ("The Happiest Home in These Hills") Elliott swings his tail, knocking the Gogans into the mud. After they leave, Pete falls asleep in a log.
|author||Malcolm Marmorstein Seton I. Miller|
|director||Don Bluth Don Chaffey|
|editor||Gordon D. Brenner|
|genre||action adventure animation comedy fantasy live-action|
|keywords||abusive family bad luck buy cape hatteras ceiling claim early 1900s even fall fish flee help imaginary friend lighthouse keeper lost at sea love make up morning new england new family orphan passamaquoddy passamaquoddy bay quack quackery rogue wave sole survivor spare part travel upside down utility pole warn|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Original Song Score|
|producer||Jerome Courtland Ron W. Miller|
|productionCompany||Walt Disney Pictures|
|publisher||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|