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February 20, 2016

Pete’s Dragon

by Reggie's Take

Disney latest reimagining continues, but not with animals from the jungle. This one is just a simple story about a boy and his dragon.

Pete’s Dragon is just one of many live-action updates coming not only this year, but over the course of the next several. The house of mouse looks to be taking these updates very serious and not just as cash grabs either.

Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella, Jon Favreau’s cutting-edge The Jungle Book, Bill Condon’s musical Beauty and the Beast, plus Tim Burton’s Dumbo. All getting an updated look fitting for the 21st century.

Filmmaker David Lowery who co-wrote and directed “Pete’s Dragon” filmed the movie down in New Zealand. The film’s first trailer will debut this Sunday during ABC’s Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 at 8pm ET.

Pete’s Dragon is based on a short story by S.S. Field and Seton I. Miller and a remake of the 1977 film of the same name.

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.

Directed by: David Lowery
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford

Pete’s Dragon opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.

Pete's Dragon Poster #1

Pete’s Dragon / Disney / 2016

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