The reimagining of Disney’s beloved family film Pete’s Dragon has all the ingredients for a summer crowdpleaser. Breathtaking special effects, check, spirited sense of adventure, check, and the presence of an iconic screen legend, check. To further whet your appetite, three brand new clips from the movie have been released which you can see at the bottom of this post.
As an extra bonus, a collection of Pete’s Dragon themed activity sheets are available below for you to download and print to keep the youngsters entertained. I say that, but I printed out a bunch of door hangars which are now on every handle in the house.
Despite not connecting with US audiences, Steven Spielberg’s first Disney offering (The BFG) is an old-school adventure that just isn’t made that often today. Much like the BFG, Pete’s Dragon feels like a love letter to a bygone era of children’s films and will appeal to grown-ups just as much.
Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford, Pete’s Dragon swoops into UK cinemas on August 12.
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 Elliott. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliott 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.