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So before I dig straight into my review for Pete’s Dragon, I have a bit of a confession.

Release date:November 29, 2016 Studio:Walt Disney Pictures Director:David Lowery MPAA Rating:PG (for action, peril and brief language) Screenwriters:David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks Starring:Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford Genre:Animation, Family The first Disneyland trip I remember as a child ties in with the original movie and Elliot. At the end of a long day of rides and overpriced food, my mom let me pick out a stuffed animal on our way out of the park. Without hesitation, I picked Elliott (Pete's Dragon) and cherished it from the age of 5 or 6. So…

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Fair warning, if my viewing is to used as a standard, bring some tissue,

Summary : A reimagining of the 1977 Disney classic, “Pete’s Dragon” will blend live action and CGI to tell the story of the special bond between an orphaned boy, Read more at http://www.comingsoon.net/movie/petes-dragon-2016#kVss83Ye3RyUuQcY.99

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Release date:November 29, 2016

Studio:Walt Disney Pictures

Director:David Lowery

MPAA Rating:PG (for action, peril and brief language)

Screenwriters:David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks

Starring:Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford

Genre:Animation, Family

The first Disneyland trip I remember as a child ties in with the original movie and Elliot. At the end of a long day of rides and overpriced food, my mom let me pick out a stuffed animal on our way out of the park. Without hesitation, I picked Elliott (Pete’s Dragon) and cherished it from the age of 5 or 6. So I went into the movie with a bit of trepidation as to if they would do my good buddy, my road dog, at least a bit of justice.

Pete’s Dragon started in what feels like is becoming a Disney standard. (Tragedy befalls family, leaving child alone in the wilderness with no hope of survival, until taken in by a Bear/Lion/Tiger or in our case, a dragon who has also been separated from his family.) many years later Pete is found and “Rescued” from his life in the wilderness by a park ranger and the bulk of the film is the adjustments involved in reintegrating into society while trying not to lose his special connection with Elliot.
Needless to say, it feels like Disney won’t settle till they have at least a handful of tear stained popcorn boxes during the movie, and I can say that between my mom and I, they were paid in full.
Bryce Dallas Howard does a great job in the role of concerned parent that wants to help Pete. Oakes Fegley does a great job as the titular character of Pete. Not so surprising role by Robert Redford as the eccentric old man in town that believes dragons did and continue to live in the forests around their mining town, but he nails it dead on.
However, where the film truly shines is in the animation, and care that was put into representing Elliott. The levels of emotion just shown in his micro-gestures show that a great deal of time was put into conveying huge amounts of varying emotions. Instead of dumbing it down and over explaining the emotions involved between Pete and Elliott by having dialogue that reinforces it, Disney takes a strong move and trusts the audience to make the emotional connection with Elliott, at the very least enough to understand what emotional or idea he is conveying.
All in all, Pete’s Dragon is well worth the price of a matinee movie, and something the whole family can enjoy. The story breaks no new ground, it’s not even something we haven’t seen in terms of themes and set-up very recently with other films… However, Elliott and how he is done is worth seeing on the big screen. Pete’s Dragon at the very least holds the heart of the original film well in tacked and perhaps even improves on some things.
*Fair warning, if my viewing is to used as a standard, bring some tissue, although a ton of tears were coming from my mom and I, I don’t know if there were a ton of dry eyes in the house.

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