Summary: There are rare moments, however brief, when I curse this job -- curse the heavens curse -- and this is one of them. I'll spare you the autobiographic acrobatics as best I can. As a child, there were four VHS tapes in constant circulation at my house: Return of the Jedi , The Secret of NIMH , The NeverEnding Story and, you guessed it, Pete's Dragon . There were other movies scattered about as well. Some beloved, some not-so-beloved.
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.