The upcoming Disney remake of Pete’s Dragon is so different from the original that without that title, many people might not even know there’s a connection. While most remakes that stray from the original material suffer from that move, Pete’s Dragon looks so much better for it. From all appearances in the trailers and clips, director David Lowery has created a tale that will capture the hearts of both children and adults, weaving themes that all age groups can appreciate in their own way. Take a look.
The technology is so much better and it clearly shows in the depiction of the dragon. This new version seems more of a meld of Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon, without the musical numbers.
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.
We’re not really seeing why Karl Urban‘s character Gavin is so set on hunting the creature down. There has to be more than what we’ve seen so far, perhaps Elliot has been destroying equipment, logging sites, etc… Something more than just “It’s a big scary thing Kill it” theme, Urban has more range than that.
Pete’s Dragon opens in theaters August 12th and should do very well at the box office, capping off a wonderful year for Disney’s kid films that included the live-action Jungle Book, Fiding Dory, and Zootopia.