Pete's Dragon (1977 movie)

1977 American live-action/animated musical fantasy comedy film by Don Chaffey

Pete's Dragon is a 1977 live-action/animated musical movie from Walt Disney Productions. It is a live-action movie but its title character, a dragon named Elliott, is animated. The story is about a young orphan named Pete who goes to the town of Passamaquoddy a small fishing community in Northeastern Maine. His only friend is a dragon named Elliott. Elliott is also his protector and can make himself invisible.

Pete's Dragon
Directed byDon Chaffey
Produced byJerome Courtland
Ron W. Miller
Screenplay byMalcolm Marmorstein
Story byS.S. Field
Seton Miller (short story)
StarringHelen Reddy
Jim Dale
Mickey Rooney
Red Buttons
Shelley Winters
Sean Marshall
Music byJoel Hirschhorn
Al Kasha (Songs)
Irwin Kostal
CinematographyFrank Phillips
Edited byGordon D. Brenner
Distributed byWalt Disney Productions
Buena Vista Distribution Company, Inc.
Release date
  • January 1, 1977 (1977-01-01)
Running time
134 minutes
CountryUnited States
United Kingdom
Budget$10 million
Box office$36,000,000[1]


Awards and honorsEdit

Academy Awards

Pete's Dragon was nominated for two Academy Awards:[2][3]

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Awards

The movie was nominated for four Saturn Awards:[2]

Golden Globes

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association nominated Pete's Dragon for one Golden Globe Award:[2]

Release DatesEdit

Country Premiere
  United States 3 November 1977
  Argentina 8 December 1977
  Brazil 23 January 1978
  Australia 13 April 1978
  Spain 28 August 1978
  Sweden 23 September 1978
  Netherlands 5 October 1978
  Finland 6 October 1978
  Denmark 13 October 1978
  France 18 October 1978
  Hong Kong 19 October 1978
  Ireland 8 December 1978
  West Germany 14 December 1978
  Portugal 15 August 1980
  Hungary 21 April 1994


  1. "Pete's Dragon, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Awards for Pete's Dragon". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  3. "Pete's Dragon (1977)". Variety. Retrieved 2009-11-08.[dead link]

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