I always loved this story of a young boy who escapes his abusive, hillbilly family and retreats to the forest where he befriends a dragon (he names Elliot), who just happens to have the power of invisibility. They develop a warm bond and their antics are funny, yet not so good for Pete as everyone seems to blame him for Elliot’s (invisible) acts of clumsiness? (I guess that’s the best way to put it). Of course, there are the plot twists, those folks looking for Elliot, those with evil intentions because what’s a story without a villain, right? But it all ends on a bittersweet HEA note.
I enjoyed the first film immensely. It was live-action with an animated dragon and starred Helen Reddy, Micky Rooney and Red Buttons (names most young people would not recognize now, but they were greats ‘back in the day’).
As a dragon lover, you can imagine my excitement when I found out Disney was remaking Pete’s Dragon with a “live” dragon, and not an animated one. So far, what I’ve seen of Elliot makes my heart pitter-patter. Come on. Who doesn’t love a big green, friendly dragon?
I’ll let you decide after you watch the trailer below. As for me, I’ll be in theaters on August 12, ready to meet Elliot in all his CGI glory. 🙂