In March of 2013, Disney announced there would be a reboot of “Pete’s Dragon,” a 1977 film. Fast forward to February 19, 2016, where we see the release of a motion poster of the newest film, “Pete’s Dragon,” a mixture of CGI and acting.
The film will not be a musical this time around. Live action shots will be filmed with Panavision Panaflex cameras, with the dragon, Elliot, joining the film through computer generated imagery (CGI) instead of hand-drawn animation as is typically seen in a good portion of animated films.
During the 1977 film, we meet Pete, a homeless child. Pete is homeless in the newest film too, although it seems there will not be an abusive family such as the Gogan’s who use Pete to do all the work they need done.
Pete lives in the woods in the latest release of “Pete’s Dragon,” with his best friend, Elliot, who happens to be a dragon. An elderly wood carver, Mr. Meacham, has told children tales of a fierce dragon living deep within the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter, Grace, works as a forest ranger. She believes her father is full of hot air with these tales, that is until she meets Pete.
The homeless child tells of his life in the woods with the dragon, which gives Grace an insight into the idea that maybe her father isn’t quite so imaginative. Maybe there is a dragon.
A local mill owner’s daughter, Natalie, sets out to help Grace find the real truth about the dragon. Where did he come from? Where does he belong?
“Pete’s Dragon” is directed by David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints).
Some of the delight of the 1977 film, “Pete’s Dragon,” came from the musical aspect of the movie. Without a musical score, will the 2016 film hold the same magic? With a listing of Pete’s mom and dad in the roles cast, one can assume that Pete will not remain with Grace and her father as the character lived with Lampie and Nora in the 1977 version. The assumption is that Pete will return home to his mother and father.
Will “Pete’s Dragon” turn out to be a wonderfully animated flop of the original story? Or could this be a great film depicting the tale of Pete and his dragon, Elliot in a different way?
Grace played by Bryce Dallas Howard
Grace’s father played by Robert Redford
Gavin played by Karl Urban
Jack played by Wes Bentley
Natalie played by Oona Laurence
Adult Pete played by Craig Hall
Sheriff Dentler played by Isiah Whitlock Jr.
Pete played by Oakes Fegley
Pete’s Mom played by Esmee Myers
Pete’s Dad played by Gareth Reeves