When I was a kid in the placid suburbs of Northern California in the '70s, Disney's live-action/animation hybrids were must-see affairs on Saturday afternoons, pedaling down to the Fox Theater on our Schwinns to witness the latest offering from Uncle Walt's dream factory.
Pete's Dragon was one of those fantastical features in 1977 my brother and I snagged tckets for, and so it's with a hint of nostalgia that I deliver the first look at the furry forest dragon, Elliott, from Disney's upcoming live-action remake. Fresh from Entertainment Weekly's new Summer Movie Preview comes a revealing image of the reimagined creature standing with Pete in a verdant patch of Pacific Northwest foliage.
Here's the official 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.
Have a look and let us know how you like Elliott's monster makeover.
Directed by David Lowery, Disney’s Pete’s Dragon lumbers into theaters on Aug. 12, 2016.
(Via Comic Book Movie)