Pete’s Dragon is a remake of a 1977 Disney live-action/animation hybrid film that was most notable for introducing me to the town of Passamaquaddie, ME, which is easily one of the most enjoyable town names in world history. 2016’s Pete’s Dragon really has more in common with Tarzan than the original film, which takes the names of the character and the title and reworks most of the rest. Visually, obviously an improvement:
Honestly, I’d be paying no attention to this film whatsoever were it not for two things. One, Disney is currently in the midst of perhaps the greatest year any studio has ever had both financially and critically. Two, I want to know which small child in the Redford family is responsible for one of the greatest actors of all-time being in this film. No, seriously, I’m curious, because-God love him-how many more Robert Redford performances are we going to get? What if this is it? What if this Orson Welles in Transformers: The Movie (except that was awesome)? Releasing right after Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad, it presents a family option, and if it can garner some decent reviews Disney will no doubt continue to build their own private moon with all of the money they’ve gleefully taken from us in just the first six months of the year. Pete’s Dragon is scheduled for an August 12, 2016, release.