RELEASE DATE : AUGUST 12, 2016
DIRECTOR : DAVID LOWERY
WRITTEN BY : TOBY HALBROOKS AND DAVID LOWERY
GENRE : ADVENTURE / FAMILY / FANTASY
RATING : PG
Bryce Dallas Howard as Grace
Oakes Fegley as Pete
Wes Bentley as Jack
Karl Urban as Gavin
Oona Laurence as Natalie
Robert Redford as Meacham
A re imagining 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.
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, is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, with Barrie M. Osborne serving as executive producer.
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham 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 – who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete.
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. Ironically enough, from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories.
With the help of Natalie, 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.
Alright, so with the brief synopsis aside – there’s this one question which needs to be addressed.
Does Disney really know how to get anything wrong and also, produce something which doesn’t pull at your heart strings ?
The answer might just be no, and with the way things are looking for Pete’s Dragon, this could very well be another feather in Disney’s hat !
From drop-dead gorgeous VFX, to a scintillating story line and a dragon which redefines cuteness, the anticipation for this flick all around the world is at a fever pitch.
So without wasting any more time – here’s all that we know and what we can expect from this movie once it hits theaters near you !
Pete is a young boy who’s clearly had a rough time of it.
This movie simply meets him six years into a life of forest living with Elliott. Right now, we have no idea about Pete’s history, but that’s a good place to start for the mystery of the film.
Was Pete abandoned six years ago, or did he run away to save himself from a terrible life with adults who couldn’t care for him? Either way, his time with Elliott has left him a bit wild, but alive and, no doubt, very resourceful for a child of his young age.
We know how man’s best friend is a dog, but the scenario is vastly different here.
We know that the wild woodland boy’s best friend is a giant dragon.
Pete’s Dragon features a CGI creature much more like the ones we know from popular fantasy tales like Game of Thrones (although I doubt Elliott will be anywhere near as scary).
The relative scale of Pete and Elliott was revealed when Disney released the first poster for the film, and if that’s anything we have to go by, then this reincarnation is much bigger than the first film adaptation of the story.
Natalie is a young girl who will help Grace and Mr. Meacham on their quest to find out more about Pete and his friend Elliott. The group will likely find themselves seeing things they never thought they would, and experience all the kinds of wonders that children’s films like Pete’s Dragon are famous for.
4. Mr. MECHAM
Mr. Mecham is a person who can easily be referred to as a true believer.
A wood carver who is also Grace’s father, has spent decades delighting children with his stories of a fierce dragon who lives deep in the woods.
It’s not unlikely that Meacham tells the stories because he has first-hand knowledge of Elliott from when he was a boy, but we currently don’t have any idea how the man began telling his tales of the woodland dragon.
After meeting Pete in the woods during her rounds as a park ranger and hearing his story, Grace leads the charge to help the boy, find out who he is and get him back to his family – kind of acting as a bridge between Pete’s world and that of the real world.
6. THE VISUAL EFFECTS
It goes without saying that a Disney production will have an all-round, astonishing and wonderful visual effects. That’s a no brainer right there.
This entire experience gets amped up a little and can easily catch your imaginations if watched in real-time 3D.
7. THE SOUNDTRACK
The Dragon Song and Something Wild are the two main soundtracks of the film and have been composed by Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Lindsey Stirling respectively.
8. NEVER CAPTURED, NEVER TAMED?
Although that’s a line from one of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s tracks, by what we have seen so far in the trailers it could very well be used in a legit way for Elliot the dragon.
Also, the action scenes is quite literally heart-stopping !