Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pete's Dragon: High-Flying Edition!

Academy Award nominated combination animation and live-action PETE’S DRAGON: High Flying Edition soars onto DVD this summer! This 1977 musical adventure about a young orphan and his unusual friend boasts a star-studded cast including Mickey Rooney, Shelley Winters, Jeff Conaway, Helen Reddy, and Sean Marshall as Pete! Bonus material includes a new look at Disney’s pioneering work in the magical mix of live-action and animation, a deleted storyboard sequence, an original song concept: “Boo Bop Bopbop Bop (I Love You, Too)” and more!

As a child of the 70's, I was unbelieveably stoked to receive a copy of Pete's Dragon. This was one of my favorite Disney movies from my childhood and I couldn't wait to share it with my own children, who had, for I'm not sure what reason, never seen the movie before.

Animation and live-action combine to bring the magical friendship between a young orphan and his unusual best friend to life in Pete’s Dragon High Flying Edition. A classic feel-good Disney tale for the entire family, Pete’s Dragon High Flying Edition is packed with adventure, comedy and soaring musical numbers that have charmed children and adults since its 1977 debut. Now available in this special edition DVD, Pete’s Dragon High Flying Edition comes with nearly an hour of brand-new bonus features, including a look at Disney’s live action/animation legacy, alternate versions of some of the film’s most beloved songs and much more.

Pete’s Dragon was nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Music, Original Song and Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Score). The film boasts an extraordinary cast that 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 film.
• 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

I've always been charmed by Elliott and his invisible dragon and I'm sure you will be too!

You can win it! I have a copy of Pete's Dragon: High-Flying Edition available to win! To win just leave me a comment on this post. Get an extra entry by becoming a follower of this blog and two additional entries if you blog or tweet about this giveaway (leave a comment with a link to your blog or tweet). The contest ends on September 1st, so don't be late!

*Open to U.S. and Canadian readers. Thanks!


M said...

I am HAPPILY claiming my spot as first. memememe pick me. We were JUST discussing this movie! GAH!

Lil Mouse said...

i could always use a movie.

Anonymous said...

The Ya would enjoy a good movie about a Dragon. Count us in...

Allison VG

emily said...

When I was pregnant with Aubrey I put together a CD of songs I wanted to sing to her... Candle on the Water was the first one I picked and still sing that to her!

Haven't seen this movie in too long :)

AmyBow said...

we called it "Pizza Dragon" in our house because our 3 year old neighbor always misprounounced it.

MadameQueen said...

Count me in, please! This is a favorite in our house. Whenever my kids don't want to brush their teeth I tell them they better or they'll end up looking like the Gogans!

Jocelyn said...

I LOVED that movie as a kid! My favorite part was when he'd puff his hair out of his eyes.

Toritopia said...

My daughter would love this (as would I). I loved this movie when I was a kid. How great would it be to watch it with my little one now.

Toritopia said...

I also follow your blog.

Kathy said...

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. Love, love, love it. Too bad my kids don't really understand why.

Crystal said...

Oh man, I haven't seen this movie in years! All the more reason for me to win :-D

katie said...

OHHH!! This was my favorite movie when I was a kid! Seriously, I have tears in my eyes remembering how my mom used to sing me "Candle on the Water." If I win I promise I'll sit down with all my kids AND my mom and watch it together. (if you knew how ADD I am you'd realize how HUGE a promise that is!)

Dawn M. said...

I always loved this one as a kid. I thought it was so cool to be able to see a cartoon dragon in a real movie. LOL!

I tried watching it with my nephews a few years back. Sadly, they were not as excited as I was. Oh well, I still have my niece. Maybe she'll take after her Aunt Dawn's good taste in movies. :0) One can only hope....

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

Lindsay said...

I used to love this movie as a kid! I recently watched it with my 8 yr old son and he didnt think it was nearly as cool as I did when I was 8 ! LOL

Jenski said...

This is a great movie - I didn't know there was a 'High-flying edition'!!! I'm totally going to go link to this too. :-)

Danielle said...

I have very fond memories of this movie.
I wrote a blog post about it and linked to this post. However, I'm not HTML-proficient enough to get that blog post link embedded in this comment (I use wordpress which does it all for me.)

You can verify my post at

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