On this episode, the GeekScholars host a spoiler-free discussion and review of Pete’s Dragon, a live-action remake of the Disney family adventure film about a young boy who grows up in the wild under the care of his best friend–a giant dragon.
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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. Pete’s Dragon arrives on Blu-ray/Digital Nov 29. Continue reading Disney’s Pete’s Dragon Coming to Blu-ray/Digital Nov 29→
The original Pete’s Dragon was a hybrid live-action/animated film with an animated dragon that attempted to recapture the vibe of Disney’s big hit Mary Poppins. It didn’t quite make it and so it’s joined the ranks of the charming but slight Disney family films that Mary Poppins moved above.
As the choice for a remake, it’s pretty smart because it takes a property with no real baggage and actually does something with it (unlike the live action Cinderella which was a much bigger gamble).
The result is a family film that is pure Disney magic.
A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon.
Disney has released a motion poster version of the film’s first one-sheet and it is very cool. Check it out after the jump. Pete’s Dragon stars Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard and will be in theaters on August 12th.