Pete's Dragon

I grew up adoring the original Pete’s Dragon, the 1977 movie had much to do with my love of dragons.  Who wouldn’t want their own dragon companion?  So when the announcement came that Disney was diving into its vault to resurrect the classic as a new live action movie, I was more than a bit skeptical.

After watching this trailer I can now say I am cautiously optimistic.  The little we see does treat the original with respect and conjures the whimsy of the original.

A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, Pete’s Dragon is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. 

For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest.  To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

Disney’s Pete’s Dragon hits theaters on August 12, 2016.

Directed by David Lower

Written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field

Starring: Bryce Dallas HowardOakes FegleyWes BentleyKarl UrbanOona Laurence and Robert Redford

 

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