Thursday, August 25, 2016

Pete's Dragon created a picture book

Pete's Dragon Created a Picture Book

We are all about books here at Group Blog.
But please allow me to  interrupt our book 
love to talk about a children's movie.

It is Pete’s Dragon, an August 2016 release, by
an independent creator, bankrolled by
the Disney Folks.

I wasn't going to see it, but I'm glad I went to the theater
for it. Here are a few thoughts, why.

I left the moving wanting to climb a particular tree.

A key part of the plot is that a child reads &
 rereads & rereads….
a specific picture book that is very important to him
 in a touching way.

Legends & myths are some of my favorite literary tropes.
This one has a whopper.

Respect for imagination, forests & loyalty that is deserving
is to be appreciated.

The child actor, Oakes Fegley, is exceptional.

So, too are the special effects to make the facial
expressions of Elliott (the dragon) seem real.

It’s cool to see Robert Redford,  comfortable in his good-lookin’ older guy skin as a
storyteller. All the key actors are quite spiffy in their roles.

A nest of green pixie dust should be delivered to the creative maker, David Lowrey. Bravo!

So, go!

This is the news story that made me go see it. I guess I'm a sucker for the underdog.

This is the picture book, which the movie brought into being.

Those of you who are cinema history buffs will want me to add that this movie

is a remake of a 1977 movie. I didn't see that earlier one & wasn't aware of it
until the story about this new version came out.

Which family movies were part of
your summer? I also loved seeing The BFG,
riffing off Roald Dahl's
wonderful story.


  1. Hmm, missed this one. Must go see now!

    1. It was easy to miss, but after seeing it, I feel, not to miss.

  2. This movie is on my "to see" list. I'm going to take my young adult daughter to see it on her birthday.
    The book looks great, too. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Birthdays + movies (especially with a daughter of any age!) are a great treat.

  3. I saw the original and look forward to seeing the new version. I can't imagine anyone walking away from either the old or the new. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Appreciations for your thoughts on the original one & I hope the latest meets your expectations.

  5. I've been on the fence about seeing this, since it looks SO different from the original, which was a favorite of one of my kiddos. But now I think I'll give it a go, thanks for giving me a push to see it, Jan. My hubby and I loved the BFG, especially for it's stellar CGI animation of the giant. I have The Little Prince queued up in my Netflix line next.

  6. Not a surprise that we have the same BFG love, Patty, is it? I have't seen The Little Prince & hesitate to see how it transfers from that very special to me book, to the cinema. Let me know? My children's author pal Irene Latham recommends one I haven't seen yet, KUBO, in movie theaters now & she loved Pete's Dragon, too.