Thursday, September 22, 2016

Pete’s Dragon (Rhoades)

Front Row at the Movies

“Pete’s Dragon” Makes Second Appearance
Reviewed by Shirrel Rhoades

Your kids won’t notice, but the new fantasy film “Pete’s Dragon” may seem familiar to you. Wasn’t there a Walt Disney movie by that same name back in 1977?

Good recall, mom.

Those clever folks at the Mouse House are offering up a new version of an old favorite. You know, the story about a lonely orphan boy named Pete, whose best friend (as the title tells you) is a fire-breathing, flying, green, scaly dragon.

That earlier rendition was a live action movie with a cartoony reptile co-star. In it, Sean Marshall played Pete. Charlie Callas voiced Elliott the dragon. Backup stars included Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, and Jim Backus.

This new one has the same storyline. It too is live action with a cartoon dragon. Oakes Fegley plays Pete. John Kassir voices Elliott. Others stars include Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, and Robert Redford.

“Pete’s Dragon” -- the new version -- is showing at Tropic Cinema.

Why bother with a remake? Well, for one thing, the dragon is now rendered in Disney Digital 3-D graphics, looking much more real than that flat comic-booky dragon in the first movie.

Take your kids. No need to tell them you’ve already seen it before.

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