I never should have brought that up because now I cannot stop thinking about Pete’s Dragon. After Annie, this was my favorite movie as a child. I think I’ve tried to block it out. I loved it so much! I was terrified of Shelley Winters. This movie is all I know of the work of Mickey Rooney. It’s just so darn good. I need to rent it asap.
My record looked like the above. I remember playing it over and over on my grandparent’s record player that was one of those huge cabinet type things with a record player in it. I would try to act the whole thing out by myself in the living room. I probably only did that once, but the memory is so very vivid that it seems like I did it every day or something.
A few fun facts from the movie:
- It was the first Disney film to be released on VHS
- The song “Candle on the Water” received an academy award nomination
- The movie was actually filmed in California and the crew had to get special permission from the Coast Guard to use the lighthouse so it wouldn’t confuse passing ships.
- There’s an episode of Family Guy with a parody of the movie (involving Ben Stiller)
One last thing…
Women working on Pete’s Dragon in Walt Disney’s Ink and Paint Department which was off limits to male artists.