This summer I did a Disney Press Junket for Pete’s Dragon. It is the reimagining of Disney’s classic.
There is so much about this movie that proved my initial thoughts wrong. The classic wasn’t a story I have much of a recollection of and this new Disney’s Pete’s Dragon does its own thing, though there is a dragon and an orphaned boy named Pete. Beyond these two things, the movie does its own thing and it’s brilliant! You can read my review of Pete’s Dragon for more details.
Just in time for the holidays, Disney’s Pete’s Dragon arrives on Blu-Ray November 29th!
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 – Creating Elliot
The timeless tale of a boy and his fire-breathing friend is sure to melt hearts!
Pete’s Dragon has an amazing cast, including:
- Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”) as Grace, a forest ranger in the Pacific Northwest
- 10-year-old Pete, played by Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”).
- Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”) is Natalie, the 11-year-old daughter of Jack, a lumber-mill owner
- Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”) as Jack
- Karl Urban (“Star Trek”) is Jack’s bumbling brother Gavin
- Oscar®-winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) portrays Mr. Meacham, an old wood carver who delights the local children with tales of a fierce dragon.
The film is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) from a screenplay by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a. (“The Finest Hours”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”) serving as executive producer.
Writer/director Lowery reveals, “I look back on childhood as an adventure, and I wanted to capture that on screen in the smallest—but also the biggest—way.” The big—the creation of an irresistible 24-foot tall, green, furry dragon that can breathe fire and turn invisible—is brilliantly tackled by the team at the Academy Award®-winning visual effects company Weta Digital (“The Hobbit” films and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy). But it’s the small moments between characters that so beautifully convey the film’s powerful message: the importance of friendship, family and finding one’s place in the world.
Disney’s Pete’s Dragon is an adorable movie the whole family will enjoy!