Puff the Magic Dragon who lived by the sea. Nessie the Loch Ness Monster living in Scotland. And Elliot the Dragon lives in a boy named Pete’s imagination. Or… does he?
Elliot first appeared in an unpublished short story and was later considered by Walt Disney for a feature length film in 1957. But it would have to wait until 1977 to become a reality, and then a remake in 2016. For a comparison of these two films, check out my earlier post entitled
Pete’s Dragon ’77 vs. Pete’s Dragon ’16
In this post we’ll be looking at a very nice 16″ plush version of the title character from the Disney Store:
I’m glad Elliot hadn’t chosen to be invisible when I took these photos! He was in good humor and was quite willing to pose.
He does look like a dragon that would spring from the imagination of a young boy, doesn’t he? But as both films proved, Elliot is quite real.
The level of detailing on this plush is amazing. The scales are a faux leather and shine when you turn them in the light.
A staple of any Disney Store was the Plush Tower in the center of the merchandise floor. Usually two or three sizes were available, with this 16″ version being the biggest. I tended to wait for the sales where you’d get discounts if you bought more than one.
I must conclude this post as I am off to visit Passamaquoddy, where I hope to find my very own ‘imaginary’ dragon!
FUN FACTS: Did you know that there is a real Passamaquoddy? Passamaquoddy Bay is an inlet of the Bay of Fundy, between the U.S. state of Maine and the Canadian province of New Brunswick, at the mouth of the St. Croix River. Most of the bay lies within Canada, with its western shore bounded by Washington County, Maine. There has been some dispute as to which country really holds title to it. If only there was an entity that could help them to resolve the conflict and get along!