The Times from Shreveport, Louisiana on December 30, 1977 · Page 42
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6-n Frl., Dec. 30, 1977 THE RHREVEPORT TIMES ; it's frisiar ! it's fridLay ! iUi's fridLay ! it's f riday I H cf : ' ' ' iS: f Y - ' v . v" ; jaw M v h : U-'YY" - 1 ; - Disney film is real fire-breather By Joe Leydon Times Entertainment Editor "Pete's Dragon," this year's big holiday attraction from Walt Disney Productions, is a glossy and generally entertaining musical fantasy which parents can enjoy just as much as their children certainly will. The kids will find it fun to identify with Pete (Sean Marshall), a poor orphan boy who escapes from his cruel foster parents with the help of his amazing friend, a lovable (though rather clumsy) dragon named Elliott. Thanks to Elliott, Pete is able to flee to a small New England fishing town, where he is befriended by a drunken lighthouse keeper (Mickey Roonev) and his tombovish v daughter (Helen Reddy ). Pete s talk of a dragon companion is dismissed as childish fantasy by everyone but the lighthouse keeper, whose sighting of the beast is thought to be the result of a Movie in review drunken delusion. But the dragon tales are believed by a flamboyant medicine peddler (Jim Dale) and his bumbling companion (Red Buttons), and they scheme to steal the dragon and sell various parts of the creature's anatomy. The blending of the animated dragon with live action scenes is accomplished with striking skill, a credit to animation directors Ken Anderson and Don Bluth. To give the beast its engagingly eccentric personality, Charlie Callas has provided Elliott with a good-natured mumble which is far more expressive than most of the dialogue spoken by humans in the film. Whenever Elliott Isn't around, whether visible or invisible, "Pete's Dragon" tends to drag a bit, though director Don Chaffey does his best to keep the slapstick sequences amusing, and Onna White choreo graphs some fine dances. Elliott Is by Shelley Winters and Charles so captivating, however, that the Tyner. film seems to slow down whenever he Sean Marshall Is pleasant enough Jsnot around. bs Pete, unitl he tries to sing; even Actually, "Pete's Dragon" is far he dragon's mumbling would be too long well over two hours to preferable to Marshall's flat vocaliz- prevent any normal child from oc- ing. The songs themselves, written casionaUysquirming with boredom, by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn, FnrtnnaMv. the nerformances bv are mostly forgettable ditties, ex- the human cast members are so cept for "Candle on the Water, a winning that even the most active haunting number sung very well by child's restlessness will be abated, if Miss Reddy, through it sounds more not completely stilled. Helen Reddy demonstrates a charming screen presence and a flair for musical comedy as the like a pop-rock cut from one of her albums rather than part of the "Dragon" score. 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