Another Disney classic gets the reboot (reimagining) treatment, something that is happening way too much these days, in my humble opinion, this time Disney has reworked the 1977 classic Pete’s Dragon, an all time childhood favourite of mine back in the late 70s.
The original movie with its cheerful looking animated dragon was one of those movies that was up there with Bedknobs & Broomsticks as a movie that only Disney could have brought us with live action and a very cute and clumsy animated dragon called Elliot.
Moving forward 39 years (damn that makes me feel old), technology has come along way since the original movie and now the film has been given a 21st century feel with a CGI dragon.
The new version of Pete’s Dragon carries along with a similar storyline to the original, it is about the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.
Pete’s Dragon stars Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World), Oakes Fegley (This is Where I Leave You), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Karl Urban (Star Trek), Oona Laurence (Southpaw) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a. (The Finest Hours, Friday Night Lights), with Barrie M. Osborne (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Great Gatsby) serving as executive producer.
Pete’s Dragon Synopsis
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” flies into UK Cinemas on August 12, 2016.
Pete’s Dragon – Teaser Trailer
Disney’s Pete’s Dragon will be in UK Cinemas on August 12, 2016 with a PG certificate.
So what are your thoughts on the teaser trailer and the reboot/reimagining of the 1977 Disney classic?