Pete's Dragon (1977 movie)

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

Awards and honors

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]


  1. "Pete's Dragon, Box Office Information". The Numbers. Archived from the original on August 13, 2012. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Awards for Pete's Dragon". Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 2017-03-22. Retrieved 2009-10-15.
  3. "Pete's Dragon (1977)". Variety. Retrieved 2009-11-08. [dead link]

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