As a child growing up in the 80’s, I’m a firm believer that we had the best movies to grow up with. With special effects getting better every day, which clearly makes films better, there is still something special about the films of the 70’s and 80’s that I grew up with. Like so many of us when we hear one of our beloved childhood films is getting remade we watch and listen with trepidation. Now it’s obvious that the originals won’t just vanish into thin air when they are remade, there is still something in the heart of our childhood that makes us not want to give up on them. Much like all the other remakes we have seen in the past few years, when it was announced that Disney was remaking PETE’S DRAGON, my heart skipped a beat. My faith in Disney has always been strong and after the masterpiece that is THE JUNGLE BOOK, it’s rather hard to doubt them in any way. But for this film was different. It was one of the first films I can remember falling in love with and the first time I saw a feature film that had a cartoon dragon amidst the actors. So when The Movie Chickk was invited along with a select group of journalist to get a first look at the film I jumped at the opportunity. Here is everything I learned from this sneak peek.
- We were shown four clips from the film and while I want to tell you every piece of what I saw I also want you to be able to experience it first hand in the theatre and feel the same excitement I did when you first lay eyes on Elliot, Pete’s best friend who happens to be a very large, very green and very furry dragon.
- I literally squealed with excitement when I saw that Elliot was furry. With special effects we have seen amazing dragons in other film, but seeing a large furry one somehow melts your heart. Director David Lowery told us this was a must for him when helping to create Elliot mostly because of the love of his cats.
- Bryce Dallas Howard stars as Grace, who seems to be a park ranger, and her dad is played by none other than Robert Redford. In one of the clips we are shown Redford telling stories to a group of children about there being a dragon living in the woods, in his best crotchety old man style and Dallas Howard comes in to tell the children she knows the woods and they have nothing to be afraid of.
- It was important for writer/director Lawery to make PETE’S DRAGON for a new generation, so while the story is different, it seems the heart of it is exactly the same.
- Pete is played by Oakes Fegley and steals every scene he is in. We were shown a scene with Pete and Elliot playing in the forest and it melted my heart. It was like watching a boy play with mans best friend, just replace the dog with a very large, very furry, dragon.
- For Bryce Dallas Howard, not only did she go after this part and really want it but she was glad that it wasn’t a straight remake. She told us that she loved that the film not only has a timeless feel but it also has values, and as a parent that was important to her.
- We were given a small glimpse at both Karl Urban and Wes Bentley’s character, and even with that small glimpse both shined. It was clear, just as the director said, that everyone gave this 100% and their performances were amazing
- It is clear not only will you get an adventure everyone in your family will enjoy, but much every other Disney movie it will have heart, a lot of heart, in the form of a dragon and a boy who loves him.
With each clip I was sucked in even more, then listening to Lawery talk about what a stunning cast he had and the passion they put into this, which showed in these four small clips. Getting a small glimpse into the world of PETE’S DRAGON made me so excited to become a part of this world and go on another and new adventure with a dragon that made my childhood so special. Take a look at this amazing trailer below and get ready to meet the amazing Pete and his dragon.