CoS: Pete’s Dragon likely felt weird when it arrived in 1977. Its Don Bluth animation and effects look antiquated (and cheap), and it felt like the last legs of the ‘60s hokum that the studio was already phasing out. It wasn’t the kind of human/illustration hybrid that impressed the masses like Mary Poppins, or Gene Kelly and Jerry the Mouse in Anchors Aweigh. With its sing-alongs, Snidely Whiplash villainy, and random acts of Mickey Rooney, the tale of a pink mop-topped lizard landed less impressively, but rather agreeably with audiences. But sure enough, you can’t keep an IP down forever. And now Pete’s Dragon is back and an outlier yet again – but in the best way possible.