Saturday, May 21, 2011

Thank you for the laughs, Mr. Rooney: Mickey Rooney in Pete's Dragon - A Movie Review by Robert Steven Mack

Pete's Dragon is one of Disney's better remembered musicals of the 1970's for one reason: it's fun for both, adults and children. The story plot sounds like it came out of a comic strip: A run-away orphan boy and his dragon named Elliot seek refuge in the peaceful fishing town of Phashumaqudy. Passamaquadi has kind of a ring to it, don't you think? After Pete and Elliot cause a hammock by destroying everything that comes into their way, he meets up with Nora (Helen Reddy), the local light house keeper... and her dragon-seeing pop played by legendary Mickey Rooney. The plot thickens when a tricky quack (Jim Dale) and his assistant team up with Pete's filthy previous owners. In short, "IT" will be mayhem and fun to any one who watches this! Though there are are some unrealistic plot elements, smaller youngsters will surely react positively towards the lively unforgettable songs and the story of friendship between the boy and hisdragon. Those of my own age and above will respond to the clever intellectual comedy and famed names. It's hard to believe that there has never been a sequel to this film, for I know I would have made one. Luckily, the ending seems to leave that possibility open. I would particularly like to recommend Mickey Rooney in a rumbuntious performance. Mickey Rooney is an invaluable member of Hollywood history, and I would not want to loose him. Copyright 2011 by Robert Steven Mack (all rights reserved!)


  1. Great job, Robert!!!
    Keep up the great work!

  2. It's Passamaquoddy!!! :-) I always enjoyed watching this movie for you - even for the hundreth time... Fantastic job, Robert! Diana


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