Pete’s Dragon delighted family audiences this summer with a rare offering for an otherwise challenging year: a hand-crafted tale of child fantasy and imagination, tied up with an old-fashioned bow and delivered by director David Lowery and the folks at Disney.
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If your kids can get through the first five minutes of Pete’s Dragon (which rank right up there with the shooting of Bambi’s mother on the Disney trauma-o-meter), then you won’t find a sweeter family film for the waning days of summer. As with its equally charming The Jungle Book back in April, the Mouse House has skillfully rummaged through its mothballed back catalog and given a 21st-century makeover to one of its lesser, goofier titles, with magical results. (I can’t wait to see what they do with The Aristocats, should they dig that deep.)
You get a dragon! You get a dragon! Everybody gets a dragon!
Technically, there’s only one dragon to go around, but in a new clip from Disney’s upcoming live-action fairy tale Pete’s Dragon, everybody gets a chance to see a dragon and draw their own conclusion about the titular beast.
For a creature that’s 20 feet tall, carpeted in green fur, and cloaked with leathery wings, the title character of Pete’s Dragon proves rather elusive in three new clips from the upcoming Disney movie.
Instead of showcasing Elliott, the dragon in question, the clips hint at his presence while focusing on the film’s human stars. Those include Bryce Dallas Howard as a kindly forest ranger, Robert Redford as her yarn-spinning father, and newcomer Oakes Fegley as an orphan who has struck up a special friendship in the forest.
In the first clip from Disney’s remake of Pete’s Dragon, Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard must consider the impossible — that the feral boy found living in the woods for six years may have had a giant, green dragon to keep him company. Crazier still, that dragon may be a creature from their past.
In just two months, there will be two dragons named Elliott in the world: The cartoon Elliott, who debuted in Disney’s beloved 1977 animated hybrid Pete’s Dragon, and the new, furry eponymous star of Disney’s live-action remake, due in theaters this August.
Most people can’t see Elliott the Dragon, but you’re lucky enough to get a special look — and a first one, at that.
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