Pete’s Dragon is one of a long line of major live action Disney remakes and reinterpretations, beginning with the success of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland in 2010, and continuing with The Jungle Book this year. It also won’t be the last, with the filming of Beauty and the Beast underway and many more on the horizon. While the original Pete’s Dragon from 1977 was primarily live action, its dragon was hand drawn. Technology and taste being what they are today, Eliott the friendly dragon is still animated, but this time in beautiful CGI.
We’ve gotten several trailers and TV spots recently, revealing what’s so different about this latest take. Rather than a period piece from the early 1900s, the new Pete’s Dragon takes place in the modern day; and instead of the amusingly named Passamaquoddy, Maine, this iteration of the story takes place in the Pacific Northwest. It’s unlikely that this film will be a musical like the original, but like in The Jungle Book, some naturally included singing may be involved.
Yahoo! Movies has released the first clip (see above) from the movie, featuring Grace, played by Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) and her father, played by Robert Redford (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) . The clip is entitled “He says he wasn’t alone”, and makes an interesting reveal about the lore behind Eliott in this version of Pete’s Dragon. Grace’s dad has seen Eliott once before, it would seem.
The original Pete’s Dragon inferred that Eliott acted as something of a guardian angel to children, and went from child to child as he was needed. Pete has only been in the woods for 6 years. Has Eliott always been there? If not, had he been in the area before, only returning to assist the lost boy Pete?
So far, this is looking like a very successful reboot, modernizing the concept in a unique lens without stepping on the elements that made the original so charming. Based on the tone of the trailer, this iteration will emphasize mystery and adventure, while the original focused more on whimsy and comedy. As far as villains go, Karl Urban’s (Dredd) role as lynch mob captain seems much less humorous than the kooky snake oil peddler from the original.
Are you excited about seeing Pete and Eliott reimagined for modern audiences? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates and impressions on the remake of Pete’s Dragon as they arrive.
Pete’s Dragon opens in U.S. theaters on August 12th, 2016.
Source: Yahoo! Movies