Pete's Dragon

Pete's Dragon

David Lowery (2016)

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Our Score
Disney's 1977 original, about a boy and his guardian dragon, blended live-action humans with a very cartoonish green-and-purple creature. Forty years on, their thrilling and thoroughly entertaining re-imagining uses cutting-edge CG technology to make dragon Elliot look rather more realistic. Yet he pleasingly retains his goofily cartoonish characteristics. Elliot now looks like a kindly dog, albeit a huge, green, winged and intermittently invisible one. The plot, though, is radically altered. Pete is no longer an orphan fleeing physically abusive foster parents, but a kid lost in the woods after a car crash that kills his parents. Found feral six years later, his survival remains a mystery until supportive forest ranger Bryce Dallas Howard and eco-minded dad Robert Redford strike up a relationship with him, and are introduced to Pete's unusual forest friend. But Elliot gives a warmer, dragon-style welcome to pursuing hunters. By turns funny, sad, scary and exciting, this is terrific family entertainment, though children who are easily upset may be disturbed by some of the intense action scenes.


A young boy orphaned by a car crash and left alone in a forest befriends a giant, fire-breathing dragon. Fantasy adventure, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford and Oakes Fegley.

Cast & Crew

Grace Bryce Dallas Howard
Pete Oakes Fegley
Meacham Robert Redford
Jack Wes Bentley
Natalie Oona Laurence
Gavin Karl Urban
Sheriff Dentler Isiah Whitlock Jr
Director David Lowery
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 12 Aug 2016