Conclusion: Pete's Dragon will work its magic on anyone nostalgic enough to be susceptible to its tricks, but as a Disney classic, a kids film or even a family musical, it's too bloated and ungainly for its own good. My inner child came out to play; my cranky critic kept glancing at his watch. Disney's Blu-ray release defies the film's thirty-five years, though, thanks to an excellent video transfer and a solid DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track.
Conclusion: Pete's Dragon holds up as a fun and heartwarming film. It's the kind of movie you can watch half-heartedly at any time and skip sequences without feeling like you're missing anything. It's entertainment that belongs in the collections of all serious Disney fans and 1970s kids.