G | | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
An orphan boy and his magical dragon come to town with his abusive adoptive parents in pursuit.
This was the very first film released on VHS by Disney's home media outlet, Walt Disney Home Video. They HAD done releases on the Discovision, but this was the first program they released on their own, on the VHS/Betamax magnetic tape formats plus Laserdisc format at some point, and has the smallest stock number of every home media release the company put out (Stock No. 10). The home video tapes for the first three-to-four years of the studio's home media division retained the "Neon Mickey" Walt Disney Home Entertainment logo from the Discovision releases, but that logo became Walt Disney Home Video and changed from Walt's signature to the corporate one around the 1984 management shift. It would be retired two years later.
Well, if there's enough room for a chowder-head like you, then there's *more* than enough room for a dragon.
During the song "Every Little Piece", Doc Terminus sings "Crowns!", then Hoagy sings "Sous!" The subtitles say Hoagy's line as "shoes". This is obviously incorrect, singing they are singing about money and sous is an old French coin or a small amount of money.
This Disney film has a troubled history as far as the many different versions released over the years. It originally ran 134 minutes. After its premiere engagement in Hollywood, it was cut down to 121 minutes before it premiered in New York. When it was released in Europe, it ran 105 minutes, with the following edits: -"Candle on the Water" (which survived only as an instrumental passage over the credits replacing the original overture) and "The Happiest Home in These Hills" were eliminated entirely. -Verses from "I Saw A Dragon," "Passamashloddy," "There's Room For Everyone," and "Every Little Piece" were cut. -21 scenes were shortened. This version was used for the original home video release in 1980, while every video since then has run 128 minutes, restoring the songs and the majority of dramatic material. However, when Disney re-released it in theaters, it was the European cut. Even further cuts were made for the TV version of the film, which premiered on "The Disney Sunday Movie" in 1986.
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