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Pete's Dragon [2016] (2 discs)

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Director:David Lowery
Writer:David Lowery
Toby Halbrooks
Composer:Daniel Hart
Length:103 minutes
(1 hour 43 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:6.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:86%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Classifications:
  • Fantasy
  • Kids
  • Drama
  • CG
  • Family
  • Action
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Synopsis: The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.


Reaction: Charming. Quite different from the 1977 original, but still enjoyable.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
David Lowery => Director / Writer
Toby Halbrooks => Writer
Daniel Hart => Composer
Lindsey Stirling => Writer/Performer: "Something Wild" / Featured Violinist
Aaron Jackson => Abner
Augustine Frizzell => Mrs. Swanberg
Bart the Bear [II] => Bear
Bryce Dallas Howard => Grace
Craig Hall => Adult Pete (uncredited)
Esmée Myers => Mom
Francis Biggs => Mr. Swanberg
Gareth Reeves => Dad
Isiah Whitlock Jr. => Sheriff Gene Dentler
Jade Valour => Nurse Merriwether
John Kassir => Elliot Vocals (voice)
Karl Urban => Gavin
Keagan Carr Fransch => Doctor Marquez
Levi Alexander => Young Pete
Marcus Henderson => Woodrow
Oakes Fegley => Pete
Olly Presling => Billy Brown
Oona Laurence => Natalie
Phil Grieve => Bobby
Robert Redford => Meacham
Steve Barr [II] => Deputy Smalls
Wes Bentley => Jack

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • World renown violinist, singer, composer, dancer, and performance artist Lindsey Stirling marks her film debut as one of the film's composers.
  • This film is rated PG but the original Pete's Dragon is rated G.
  • Features four actors that have been in Marvel Comics movies. The first being Karl Urban as Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok. The second Wes Bentley as Blackheart in Ghost Rider. The third is Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The fourth Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3.
  • Director David Lowery is married to Augustine Frizzell, who plays Mrs. Swanberg in this film. This is their second collaboration on a feature film.
  • The kids listen to vinyl records, and the nurses are wearing old-fashioned white nurse caps. These along with the cars and no cell phones indicates this is not set in twenty-first century.
  • Pete spends about 85% of the movie barefoot, both in town and in the woods.
  • Karl Urban replaced [?] Michael C. Hall as Gavin, while Wes Bentley replaced Casey Affleck as Jack.
  • Levi Alexander, who plays Young Pete in the prologue, and Gareth Reeves, who plays his father, are actually related. They are first cousins, once removed.
  • Robert Redford rescued an abandoned horse on the second day of shooting.
  • Director David Lowery explained why Elliott is a furry dragon in an IGN article, saying that he'd rather have "the kind of dragon you really want to give a hug to" than a [Game of Thrones] type dragon, which he described as "cool, but scaly and cold".