Release Date: 18 January 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Karl Urban, Robert Redford
Disney continue raiding their vaults for animations to drag (on) into the real world, with this CGI-infused (sadly no actual dragons heeded the casting call) reimagining of the 1977 tale. The story’s changed to satisfy PC sensibilities, but Pete’s Dragon remains an engaging, family-friendly romp. Following a car accident, a young lad is left lost in a forest all alone. Thankfully he’s adopted by Elliot – a big, green, friendly giant (note the extra adjective, as we don’t want Spielberg lawyering up) who is, of course, of the dragon persuasion. Years later, when loggers progress further into the forest, Pete is discovered by a ranger (Bryce Dallas Howard). Taking him in, Pete tells how he was raised by his winged friend. Cue Ranger Gracie’s dragon-believing dad (Robert Redford) – and the requisite bad guy who sees landing a dragon as a ticket to big bucks.