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Pete's Dragon, 1977

A great collection of original production animation cels and original production animation drawings for sale from the Walt Disney feature film.

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Original hand painted production animation cel of Elliott from "Pete's Dragon," 1977, Walt Disney Studios; Walt Disney Seal and production numbers in ink lower right; With Walt Disney label; Size - Elliott: 7 1/2 x 8 1/2", Image 10 1/4 x 15", Mat 15 1/4 x 20"; Double Matted.

"I can't sell you Elliott. I don't own you." - Pete

"Pete's Dragon," 1977 is a live-action/animated musical fantasy comedy film produced by Jerome Courtland and Ron Miller and Walt Disney Productions. The film was directed by Don Chaffey, written by Malcolm Marmorstein, and is based on the unpublished short story of the same name written by Seton I. Miller and S. S. Field. The film stars Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Jeff

Conaway, Shelly Winters, and Charlie Callas as the voice of Elliot. The story centers on an orphaned boy, raised by an abusive hillbilly family, who is friends with a dragon named Elliott that can become invisible.

"Pete's Dragon" was initially conceived in 1957 as a two-part episode for the Disneyland television series, but was shelved; later to be revived in 1975 as a musical live-action and animated film. "Pete's Dragon" was released on November 3, 1977 grossing $18 million over a $10 million budget. The song "Candle on the Water," written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirshhorn, was originally sung by Nora who was played by Helen Reddy. The song received an Academy Award nomination, was released as a single by Capitol Records, and reached #27 on the Adult Contemporary charts. 

Elliott was created and designed by Ken Anderson and animated by Don Bluth, Glen Keane, Randy Cartwright, and John Pomeroy. This is an absolutely perfect image of Elliot; he is over eight inches long, eyes open, and has a great smile. A stand out piece of Disney animation artwork, and a great addition for any collection!

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