First ‘Pete’s Dragon’ Trailer Unveils Disney’s Latest Reimagining

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The first trailer has been released for Pete’s Dragon, Disney’s reimagining of their classic 1977 film of the same name.

Robert Redford plays Mr. Meacham, a wood carver that has long told the local children tales of a dragon that lives in the woods. His daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), a forest ranger, meets a little boy (Oakes Fegley) who claims he has lived in the woods with Elliot, who happens to be a giant, green, dragon.

There’s a sweet sense of wonder present in this first trailer, which offers up a decent little look at Disney’s umpteenth redo. There’s a strong cast, including Wes Bentley, and Karl Urban, and the cinematography looks sumptuous, but it remains to be seen if director David Lowery, who’s a long way away from his elegiac drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, can bring enough quality here to justify a remake “reimagining.” So far, we’re in. Fingers crossed.

With The Jungle Book, The BFG, and A Monster Calls, cinema is about to be inundated with films focusing on children and their not-quite-human buddies.

Pete’s Dragon will be hitting U.S. cinemas on August 12.

Synopsis for Pete’s Dragon:

A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a. (“The Finest Hours,” “Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.

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. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12, 2016.

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