Friday, November 6, 2015

Pete's Dragon 38 Years Later

NaBloPoMo Day 6

One of my fave childhood movies was Pete's Dragon. I especially loved the soundtrack. Lately I've been playing the music in the car on the iPod for the kids and telling them about the movie. Today I pulled the movie up on YouTube, paid $2.99 and played it for my three kids and our two neighbor girls. 

It was fun seeing the movie again after thirty plus years, as well as seeing the kids get into it. Now we're all singing the songs. I heard that Disney is going to make remake Pete's Dragon. But I know it will never be as good as the original. Just like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I think what I love about the story in Pete's Dragon is that Pete is an orphan and a stranger in a new town. No one, except Nora, the lighthouse keeper and Elliott the dragon, accepted him. Through their love and affection, Pete was transformed and became respected in the community. As a kid, and even as an adult, I've often felt like an outsider and lonely. Luckily, in almost all situations, I've managed to make friends with one or two people who accept me and like me for who I am and who remove some of my social anxiety.

I also like the bad guys in Pete's Dragon - the snake oil salesmen and the hillbillies. They are funny, true to life, and their songs are fun to sing. When the 'doctor's' assistant pretends to be a cured patient (twice), it's extremely comical. "I hear ... birds chirping. I hear ... children giggling ... I hear ... coins jingling ..." My kids and I are now imitating it like me and my siblings used to when we were kids.

Watch Pete's Dragon ASAP.

Other cool things about today:
  • Barre class kicked my butt
  • Volunteering at chickadees' school
  • Sushi lunch with son
  • Napping for 30 minutes 
  • Taking five kids to Target 
  • Watching funny cat videos with the kids
  • The beer with dinner
  • Learning that I've started receiving unemployment benefits 
Hooray for the weekend!  


NaBloPoMo November 2015


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