PETE’S DRAGON is seriously re-imagined in new TV spot!
Disney’s animated version of Pete’s Dragon from 1977 is not among its more popular classics, despite having some loyal followers. That’s probably due to the fact that the film was a bit trippy, filled with odd characters, wacky songs, and lots of old-fashioned superstition.
When a live-action version of the film was announced, we expected there would be some big changes. Thanks to a new TV spot, we’re getting a better look at how Pete’s journey has evolved for the new movie. Instead of Pete being pursued by hillbilly caricatures and thought of as a curse by most townsfolk, it’s Elliott the dragon whose existence is causing a major manhunt throughout the forest lead by Gavin (Karl Urban.)
The new story definitely has an Iron Giant feel to it– A big, misunderstood creature in hiding befriends a little boy and becomes a target of rash adults who would rather destroy the unknown than try to learn from it. It’s different, but the formula has certainly worked in the past.
Pete’s Dragon hits theaters on August 12, 2016.
Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford), a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley), a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a giant, friendly dragon. With help from a young girl named Natalie (Oona Laurence), Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true.