It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s . . . it’s . . . it’s . . . another Hollywood remake! It is pretty much what Hollywood does best, though I must admit, Pete’s Dragon is a fairly obscure Disney flick. I don’t think there are many people out there who will look at this and go, “don’t ruin the original!” Here is a clip from the 1977 version, which is actually a musical.
But then again, this is America and we loooooove complaining, so I’m sure there are some Dragonheads who will oppose this movie, but for the rest of us, it looks like a classic Disney movie, filed with all the normal notes you’d expect. A boy making his way on his own. The surrogate mother figure. The bad guy ruining dreams. So lighthearted humor (you can’t say dragon over the radio!).
The boy making his way is a timeless film trope. Think The Jungle Book or Tarzan, which, hey, are both movies coming out in 2016 as well! Yay new and creative ideas! Kid on his own, raised by a non-human, so he’ll have a tough time relating to the real world, since the dragon world is all the kid knows.
Which is where Bryce Dallas Howard comes in. She is the surrogate mother to the orphan boy. The woman who tries to “save” the boy from his previous life, but ultimately accepts the fact that he was raised by a dragon. Robert Redford still getting work makes me happy.
Does Karl Urban have a contract with Disney? He was in Walking with Dinosaurs, which came out a few years ago, and now this. Odd, if you ask me, but maybe Disney wants to attract the Dredd crowd, you know? For me, casting him is my biggest pull, so in that aspect it is working.
Pete’s Dragon lands in theaters on August 12, 2016.