“Pete’s Dragon,” a reimagining of Disney’s cherished
family film centered on an orphaned boy named Pete
and his best friend Elliot -- who just so happens to
be a dragon -- comes home on Nov. 29 on Digital HD,
Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.
And the timing couldn’t be better: Today’s
announcement ushers in tomorrow’s World Dragon Day
and the heartwarming adventure arrives just in time
to entertain the entire family this holiday season.
Families will be captivated by this magical movie
followed by never-before-seen bonus features,
including a revealing look at director David
Lowery’s personal diary kept during the filming of
“Pete’s Dragon,” the design process behind the
lovable dragon Elliot, deleted scenes, a tour of the
film’s breathtaking production location of New
Zealand, audio commentary by filmmakers and actors
and hilarious bloopers.
"Pete's Dragon" stars Bryce Dallas Howard ("Jurassic
World") as Grace, a forest ranger in the Pacific
Northwest who happens upon 10-year-old Pete, played
by Oakes Fegley ("This is Where I Leave You"). Oona
Laurence ("Southpaw") is Natalie, the 11-year-old
daughter of Jack, a lumber-mill owner played by Wes
Bentley ("The Hunger Games"). Karl Urban ("Star
Trek") is Jack’s bumbling brother Gavin and
Oscar®-winner Robert Redford ("Captain America: The
Winter Soldier") portrays Mr. Meacham, an old wood
carver who delights the local children with tales of
a fierce dragon.
The film is directed by David Lowery ("Ain't Them
Bodies Saints") from a screenplay by Lowery & Toby
Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm
Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a.
("The Finest Hours”), with Barrie M. Osborne ("The
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring")
serving as executive producer.
Writer/director Lowery reveals, “I look back on
childhood as an adventure, and I wanted to capture
that on screen in the smallest—but also the
biggest—way.” The big—the creation of an
irresistible 24-foot tall, green, furry dragon that
can breathe fire and turn invisible—is brilliantly
tackled by the team at the Academy Award®-winning
visual effects company Weta Digital (“The Hobbit”
films and “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy). But it’s
the small moments between characters that so
beautifully convey the film’s powerful message: the
importance of friendship, family and finding one’s
place in the world.