5 Reasons You Need to See Pete's Dragon
Are you a fan of older Disney films like I am? If so, here are 5 reasons you need to see Pete’s Dragon!
“Some secrets are too big to keep.” I’ve got to tell you, I loved Pete’s Dragon. I’ve got all kinds of nostalgic ties to the original 1977 original version, and was equal parts nervous and excited when I heard about a remake. If that’s you also, let me calm your fears. You’re going to love it!
First off, you should know that the reimagining of the story provides a heart-warming family film full of Disney magic. At 5 years old, Pete finds himself alone in the Mullhaven Forest. There he finds Elliot, a dog-like dragon with the power of invisibility. The pair exist happily in isolation for years until the daughter of a woodcutter stumbles upon Pete.
The sweet tale is only part of what charmed my family.
5 Reasons You Need to See Pete’s Dragon
1. The Reimagined Plot
My family & I saw a sneak preview at Disney’s California Adventure a few weeks back. It became clear that there are definite nods to the original film, but the new release offers a reimagined telling of a familiar tale. Whether you’re looking for a connection to your childhood or a charming new story, Pete’s Dragon fits the bill.
Watch the official trailer to get a feel for the film.
It also became clear that I’m going to need an Elliot plush in my life because he’s seriously adorable.
2. The Nostalgic Feel
Both the direction under David Lowery and the phenomenal soundtrack give Pete’s Dragon a nostalgic and simultaneous modern feel. Maybe it’s a long-haired boy in Vans, but the story could just as easily have been set in the 70’s as today. The ambiguity of the timeline makes it feel timeless.
3. The Appreciation for Nature
Growing up, I spent a lot of time in the Big Bear Mountains here in California. John Muir, created as the founder of our national parks, said, “Going to the mountains is going home.” It rings true for me. Viewing Pete’s Dragon with its slower pace allowed me to soak in the depth of the beauty in the natural world around us. There’s also moderate mention of conservationism as forest ranger Grace prevents deforestation and destruction of an owl’s home.
The gorgeous scenery of New Zealand provides a gorgeous backdrop that I’m sure will mesmerize you as it did me.
4. The Message
When I teach my students about writing, we discuss the variety of reasons authors put pen to paper. Making movies is no different. Is the purpose to entertain, to educate, to inspire? What Disney does so well in their films is integrate a little something more into the storyline. In the case of Pete’s Dragon, my family left with an appreciation for what some families go through to find each other, but also a willingness to be open to magic around us.
What a perfect message for Disney, right?
5. All The Feels
It’s not often a movie has you crying both happy and sad tears. As Pete explores family and his place in the world, you’ll go through a range of emotions. Without giving too much away, an inner conflict arises for Pete who yearns for a family yet has a deep bond with his long-time companion, Elliot.
The townspeople understandably find the presence of a dragon alarming. There are some shocking moments as Elliot is “hunted,” but they are brief. My 7 and 8-year-olds were not alarmed, but saddened by the hunters’ misunderstanding of the gentle giant.
Pete’s Dragon flies into theaters and hearts this Friday, August 12th, 2016. The magical tale of a boy and his dragon is one all families need to see.