PETE’S DRAGON flies into theatres everywhere on August 12th!
I was thrilled to be among some of the first to see footage from Disney's Pete's Dragon, arriving in theaters everywhere August 12th. Director, David Lowery, joined us at Hollywood's El Capitan Theatre and introduced to us 4 scenes from the up-coming movie, each showcasing its strong cast, stellar storytelling and the eye-catching special effects. (Yes, we got to see Elliott!)
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.
Following our sneak peek with Lowery, Bryce Dallas Howard joined him on stage for an informative Q&A that helped explain much about the movie and how clear Lowery's vision was when setting out to make a Disney family film. Purposely giving his film a timeless feel (one of his signatures), he answered questions from the press regarding the 70's/80's vibes to the story, and, that whenever possible, he wants to film REAL things, and reserve the use of CGI and green screens for scenes with the dragon
Both she and Lowery had amazing things to say about working with Redford, as well as newcomers Oakes Fegley and Oona Laurence. Howard predicts Fegley will follow in the footsteps of her dad (Ron Howard) and the duo spoke of the day Redford was late to set in New Zealand as he was rescuing a horse on the side of the road!
Pete's Dragon arrives in theatres nationwide August 12th. Stay in touch and get updates by visiting their web-site at http://movies.disney.com/petes-dragon-2016
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