‘Pete’s Dragon’ Trailer: Better Bring Some Tissues to the Theater For This One
It’s been decades since I saw the original Pete’s Dragon, but from what I remember of it, I don’t get a lot of that movie in this trailer for David Lowery’s remake. Instead, it feels a lot more like The Iron Giant mixed with E.T., How to Train Your Dragon, and even the recent live-action Jungle Book directed by Jon Favreau. There’s not much in the way of wacky mischief and wild antics from an invisible dragon, and much more wonder and melancholy about the tender relationship between a boy and his amazing dragon, and the close-minded adults who want to destroy him.
Here’s Disney’s 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 Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot 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.
One element that does carry over from the old Pete’s Dragon is the tagline from the 1977 trailer: “You’re never too old to feel young.” Some of the shots of Pete and his dragon soaring through the sky definitely give you that feeling. The new Pete’s Dragon opens in theaters on August 12, 2016.