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YMMV / Pete's Dragon (1977)

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  • Angst? What Angst?: Pete is certainly sad to learn that his beloved dragon friend whom he specifically hoped would never disappear is going to disappear and never, ever come back. But he gets over it in a literal instant.
  • Awesome Music
  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer: The back cover of the 35th Anniversary Blu-Ray lists the runtime as 88 minutes, instead of 128 minutes. Later prints corrected this.
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  • Cult Classic
  • Dork Age: This film is usually pointed at when people bring up Disney being out-of-touch with movie audiences of the day, especially following the juggernaut that was Star Wars, which was released the same year. In Disney's defense, this film (released in November of 1977) would have been at the very least greenlit and filming, if not in the can and finishing animation and special effects, when Star Wars was released in May.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Doc Terminus. Jim Dale was obviously having fun with his part and gives a performance so hammy that it can't be kosher.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The scenes with Elliot are generally considered the only memorable parts of the film. Even worse is that his scenes only take up 20 minutes of a movie that's over 2 hours.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The opening number has the Gogan clan looking after Pete, singing about torturing and killing him.
    • "Every Little Piece" sounds cheerful, but it's all about murdering Elliot and ripping his corpse apart purely for profit.
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  • No Yay: "Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You Too)" is supposed to be a platonic friendly ballad between Pete and Elliot, but the lyrics paint a much more romantic picture, not helped by how Elliot cradles Pete in his arms.
  • Padding: All of the songs go on forever. And there are a lot of them. It is a musical, after all.
  • So Okay, It's Average: It has its admirers, but even they'll agree that it's pretty corny. Of course, for some people, that's the charm.
  • Tear Jerker: Pete and Elliot saying good-bye. The fact that Pete will never, ever see Elliot again is very insistently driven home.


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