DGT #24: Elliot (Pete's Dragon)


      

This week's Tale is in honor of one of my favorite childhood movies getting a reboot in the next few weeks. Yes, I'm sure most of you remember Elliot from Pete's Dragon. Pete's Dragon was originally a 1977 American live-action/animated musical film from Walt Disney Productions. It is a live-action film but one of its title characters, a dragon named Elliott, is animated. The story is about a young orphan named Pete who initially lives with the Gogans, an abusive hillbilly family, but then runs away. He then enters the town of Passamaquoddy, a small fishing community on Passamaquoddy Bay in eastern Maine, where he meets Elliott the dragon.  Elliott acts as his protector throughout the movie.  He can make himself invisible and is generally visible only to Pete, which occasionally lands Pete in trouble with the locals.
 
The song "Candle on the Water" (referred to as the "best song in any Disney movie" in this Youtube video) received an Academy Award nomination, but lost to "You Light Up My Life" from the film of the same title (whoops, can't be the best song in any Disney movie if you can't even beat out another song from your own movie to get an award). The movie also received a nomination for Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Adaptation Score.
 
Spoiler Alert! The saddest part in this movie comes at the end, where Pete finally finds himself a new family that actually likes him. He then tells Elliott to leave him and go find another kid who needs him more. This part really made me sad as a child. Now, as a mature adult, all I can think is wow, what a freaking idiot. Let's recap: Loner hillbilly child Pete runs away from his terrible family and finds an awesome invisible dragon to become his best friend.  Then, he tells his best friend... who is an invisible dragon that can breathe fire... who loves him... and protects him... and helps him to find a new family that actually likes him... to beat it once he has gotten what he needs?  Someone get this kid a life coach. Seriously, go join fucking Jackie Paper over in the corner of the room and put on your dunce cap, Pete. You are giving all Pete's (who are generally badasses) a terrible name.
 
The 2016 reboot of Pete's Dragon is set to be released this summer on August 12, 2016. View the trailer here. The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, and some kid. That kid definitely gets the "luckiest boy in the world award." I would have given up my entire Pokemon collection (on my Game Boy) as a child to get to play a kid in a movie who has a pet friend dragon.  Here is the plot of the new movie: In the Pacific Northwest United States, forest ranger Grace Meacham (Bryce Dallas Howard) finds a young boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) who lived in the woods for six years with a mysterious dragon named Elliott. With help from her wood-carver father (Robert Redford) and Natalie (Oona Laurence), the daughter of lumber mill owner Jack (Wes Bentley), Grace sets out to find out Pete's identity and the truth about Elliott. But problems arise when hunter Gavin (Karl Urban), Jack's brother and Natalie's uncle, plans to capture Elliott.
 
Honestly, the plot of this movie sounds pretty lame. I'm sure that I won't be the first person in line waiting to see this movie, dressed in my dragon onesie. I also definitely won't be the only person in the theater who yells and screams in triumph whenever the dragon comes on the screen. And it's even less likely that I will create my own t-shirt line that says "Primo's Dragon" on it with a picture of the Drankgon. None of that is happening, 100%.
 
On a side note, I am gaining more and more respect for Bryce Dallas Howard. She stars in Jurassic World, which is essentially a movie about a genetically engineered dragon that can't fly. And she follows that up with this. Get that woman an Oscar. If I ever write a dragon screenplay (it's in the works), she gets first dibs on any female roles. Chris Pratt can maybe get a role too. And probably the entire Warriors team. Sounds like we've got a winning combination here. Maybe I will call it Primo's DragonS... The villains will obviously be the adult forms of Jackie Paper and Pete, who it turns out actually hated dragons all along and that's why they were stupid enough to send theirs away. Let's hope new Pete does a better job of treating his dragon with the respect he deserves. See y'all the premiere!

 

 


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