Aloha my wonderful merfolk!
Okay, I’m a little behind on this one as apparently, this teaser trailer was released roughly three months ago, but hey-ho. My immediate reaction to hearing about this movie was ‘Oh no, not another remake’. As a child, I loved the original Pete’s Dragon. I loved the idea of being able to have a pet dragon and the wonders it could bring to life. The songs were fantastic, the animation of Elliot was fantastic. I just loved the movie and it’s a perfect family film.
So, when I heard they were going to make a remake, I was a little bit wary of how they were going to pull it off. The original Pete’s Dragon was already live action with an animated dragon, so how are they going to make it different, new and exciting?
Below I have posted the trailer that was uploaded onto the official Disney Movie Trailers YouTube channel:
So my first impressions:
It’s a very ominous start to a trailer that belongs to a Disney movie. The atmosphere created is very mysterious and to me, almost similar to horror movie trailers. This is an odd angle for a Disney movie to take. Even the music is dramatic and ominous.
Is the town in which this is set no longer a seaside town? Is there no lighthouse keeper? Is it just a lonely town on the edge of a forest now? I’m guessing Pete is now just an orphan, seeing as in the original, he was a purchased slave; which could have caused serious uproar and offence if used in the remake, I understand that.
I like how they’ve kept the design of Pete rather similar: brown scraggy hair, messed up trousers etc.
The trailer also shows a few scenes of the accidents and problems that Elliot causes in the town after Pete is taken in, which is all well and good but are those going to be the best parts of the movie thrown into the trailer to bring in the crowds? I hope not.
Okay, final impression of the teaser trailer: why is Elliot furry? I’ve seen the posters and now I’ve seen the teaser trailer and why is Elliot furry? Why?
Okay, so my first impressions rounded off are mixed. I adore the original Pete’s Dragon as it was a childhood favourite of mine but at the same time, I want to stay open to the idea of a remake or reboot. We’ll have to wait and see. Pete’s Dragon is set to be released in the UK on the 12th of August, so not long until we can see whether the remake lives up to the original!
a mermaid be waiting for you, in mysterious fathoms below