Now available on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand, Disney Anywhere and Digital HD is the life action Disney film, Pete’s Dragon.
I have been a long time fan of Disney films, ever since I was a young girl. One of my all time favorites is the film Pete’s Dragon. I wanted to have my own Elliot (dragon) as a kid. Who wouldn’t want a best friend that was a dragon? LOL.
I was excited when I heard that Disney was making a live action version of a beloved film. Many of the live action films have turned out pretty amazing. I am similarly excited to see Beauty and the Best next year.
I wanted to see Pete’s Dragon in the theater but we missed out on the opportunity. I was thrilled to receive a copy of the film to review.
Pete’s Dragon stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, and Robert Redford.
A young boy named Pete is driving through the Pacific Northwest with his parents when they get into an accident. His parents are killed and Pete is all alone. He almost succumb to a pack of wolves if it wasn’t for a dragon named Elliot that comes to his rescue.
Elliot takes Pete under his care. He acts as Pete’s parent figure.
Elliot and Pete live a quiet, happy existence in the woods. Pete is a bit of a wild child, having been raised in the woods with no human contact. Regardless of that fact, Pete is still a sweet boy.
No one has ever seen Elliot, except an old man in town, Mr. Meacham (Redford), is the only one who has supposedly seen the dragon when he was younger. The rest of the townspeople see Elliot as a myth.
Pete and Elliot come across lumberjacks tearing down the forest. They go to investigate. Pete is seen by a young girl named Natalie (Laurence), who is at the site because her father is the foreman. Natalie chases after Pete (after all, what is a young boy doing in the forest?). During the chase Pete is accidentally knocked unconscious.
The site foreman, Jack (Bentley) and his girlfriend Grace (Dallas Howard) take the boy to the hospital. Once he recovers they bring him home to stay with them until they can figure out who Pete really is.
In the meantime, Elliot has no idea what happened to Pete and is very worried about him. He visits the lumberjack camp and it accidentally seen by Jack’s brother Gavin (Urban).
Knowing that a dragon lives in the forest, Gavin creates a hunting party to go into the wood and capture the beast. Meanwhile, Elliot venture into town to find Pete. Elliot is relieved to find Pete and that he is OK. He then retreats back into the forest. Unbeknownst to Elliot, the hunting party is still after him.
Pete is settling in with Jack, Grace and Jack’s daughter Natalie, but he still longs to be back with Elliot in the forest. Not fully believing that Elliot is real, they take Pete back to the forest to meet him. Unfortunately Gavin and his posse are also in the forest, spot Elliot and tranquilize him. They have finally captured the beast.
What will become of Elliot now? Will Pete be able to rescue the dragon who once saved his life? To find out you need to pick up a copy of the film Pete’s Dragon. Look for it where ever movies are sold.
This is not a total remake of the original film. It has similarities, of course, but it’s not a remake. This Elliot is more realistic looking and they don’t break out in song and dance.
The cinematography is breathtaking (I want to live in that forest!). Plus the animation used to create Elliot is flawless. He looks so realistic, right down to the strands of fur.
I love this movie. Dare I even say that I like it MORE than the original?
This is heartwarming film for the whole family to enjoy. But be forewarned – you’ll need tissues to wipe your tears (happy tears of course).
Of course there are bonus features to check out. I have to admit that the night we watched the film we didn’t get a chance to watch the bonus features (we were exhausted from a long day). I do plan on watching them in the very near future.
Here is a brief synopsis of the bonus features provided by the studio.
BLU-RAY & DIGITAL HD:
- Notes to Self: A Director’s Diary – Director David Lowery narrates the personal diary he kept through the filming of “Pete’s Dragon” in this intimate and fascinating look at the movie’s making.
- Making Magic – Discover fun facts about what went into designing this spectacular, lovable dragon.
- “Disappearing” Moments – The director shares a montage of the film’s “lost” scenes.
- Welcome to New Zealand – Experience the wonders of New Zealand and learn why it’s a magical place to visit … and to make a movie.
- Audio Commentary – Gain an insider perspective from director David Lowery, co-writer Toby Halbrooks and actors Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence.
- Music Videos “Nobody Knows” by The Lumineers and “Something Wild” by Lindsey Stirling featuring Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
The film is rated PG and has a run time of 103 minutes.
Below are some fun free printables you can save and print out to enjoy with your family. Simply click on the photo.
Have you seen Pete’s Dragon? If so, what did you think about it? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
*I received a free screener copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.