Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Pete’s Dragon, a reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film centered on an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. Families will be captivated by this magical movie followed by never-before-seen bonus features, including a revealing look at director David Lowery’s personal diary kept during the filming of “Pete’s Dragon,” the design process behind the lovable dragon Elliot, deleted scenes, a tour of the film’s breathtaking production location of New Zealand, audio commentary by filmmakers and actors and hilarious bloopers. Today’s announcement also ushers in tomorrow’s World Dragon Day and the heartwarming adventure arrives on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand on Nov. 29; just in time to entertain the entire family this holiday season.
I'll admit that I went into this film with mixed emotions. The original Pete's Dragon was one of my favorite films when I was a kid. I had all the songs memorized, and let's face it--who can compete with Micky Rooney & Red Buttons? In this version, a little boy is left alone in the woods after his parents are in a horrible accident, and he's saved by a magical dragon. For the next six years, Pete lives like a little Tarzan, with only his dragon to watch over him. When construction workers come to the forest, he's found by a park ranger who takes him home. Unfortunately, the dragon is discovered too, and the greedy construction workers want to trap him to put him on display.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film, perhaps because it was absolutely nothing like the 1970s version. It has a lot more action and great CGI animation that makes the dragon look real. There are a few moments that made me chuckle, but it's definitely more serious than the original. I missed the show-tunes, but it had a lot to offer in other areas. Honestly, except for the having a dragon and a kid named Pete, there are no similarities at all. Looking at it as it's own movie, it's a pretty amazing tale that the whole family can enjoy.