Here’s the first official look at Disney’s much-anticipated remake of their old classic movie Pete’s Dragon.
The original, which was released in 1977, was a live-action/animated musical about a young orphan named Pete who enters the town of Passamaquoddy, Maine. His only friend is a dragon named Elliott, who also acts as his protector and can make himself invisible and is generally visible only to Pete, which occasionally lands Pete in trouble with the locals. It’s a breezy, good-natured family film with a couple of memorable songs.
In contrast to the original the present day remake from Disney will also tell the story of a boy called Pete and his dragon called Elliot but this time Pete is a cross between the Jungle Book’s Mowgli and the wee boy from Mad Max 2: Road Warrior. This forest, feral dweller crosses paths with park ranger Grace, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, who sets out to determine the truth about Pete’s dragon.
From the trailer it looks like Disney have once more opted for that current Hollywood trope of remaking properties with more ‘grit‘ and realism and there doesn’t appear to be any sign of a musical number from the cast, or painted lighthouses.