If you hadn’t seen the presentation at the Disney D23 Expo last year, you might have reason to believe that Disney’s Pete’s Dragon remake is as imaginary as Elliott himself. With the movie debuting on August 12, 2016, Disney marketing has had its hands full with films like The Finest Hours, Zootopia, Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Finding Dory and The BFG to promote. Yet the public has still seen more of Moana and Doctor Strange than it has of Pete’s Dragon — not even a first look image.
In fact, earlier this week, the MPAA even assigned a rating to the film (PG). Which had us wondering on Twitter…
@stitchkingdom you will see plenty on 2/21!
— Robert Mills (@Millsy11374) February 10, 2016
Which then evoked the response above from ABC’s head of reality programming, Robert Mills. Given the February 21, 2016 date and Mills’ involvement in the ‘Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60,’ we have to believe it’s no coincidence. In fact. we have been able to confirm that a 90 second trailer for Pete’s Dragon has been created. Whether or not it gives us our first look at Elliott, however, is another matter, though we imagine we’ll be left with seeing as much of him as we have at D23 Expo.
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… util 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 description, Elliott seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old-girl who father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs and the truth abut this dragon.
A remagining 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, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban and Oscar winner Robert Redford. The film, which is directed by David Lowery, is written by Lowery & Toby Holbrooks based on a story by Seton I. Miller and and S.S. Field and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a., with Barrie M. Osborne serving as executive producer.