Its Kara S. back again with another post. Two days in a row…hope you’re not tired of me yet. 😉
For letter “P” I want to talk about one of my favorite old-school Disney movies: PETE’S DRAGON.
Trailing along the same era as Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, Escape to Witch Mountain, The Aristocats, and The Island at the Top of the World, this movie is sure to enthrawl. Its fun, witty, meaningful, whimsical, exciting…and a bit cheesy. Because, let’s be honest, a cartoon dragon running around making footprints in wet cement? But that’s what gave this live-action Disney movie so much charm.
Relying on talent such as Mickey Rooney and Hellen Reddy, this movie had a wide selection of vivid songs, as most Disney musicals did.
From the playful Brazzle Dazzle Day…sung by Nora, a kindly lighthouse keeper and her father, who take the young orphan Pete in while he’s on the run.
And the sweet Its Not Easy, sung by Pete, while describing his “imaginary” dragon, and talking about the importance of friendship.
To the touching and winsome, Candle on the Water, where Nora encourages her missing sea captain lover that she will help to guide him home.
Another of my favorites is There’s Room For Everyone In This World where Nora encourages the schoolhouse children to accept Pete’s imaginary friend (and any outsiders) because, as she so aptly puts it: “He only wants to be loved…just the way God planned it.”
Its these little nuggets of wisdom that truly make the film shine. How it can take an imaginative, gentle story to touch on deeper topics.
Since this movie was a sweet flicker of my childhood, I was in shock when I came across the first poster of the new remake on Facebook.
I was like…WHAAAA? I had no idea this was even a possibility!
Then I saw the trailer. Its different…
Very different. However, I have enough faith in Disney that I have hope they won’t totally botch the movie. In fact, I’ve really enjoyed a lot of their recent reboots. If anything, this looks like a totally different take on the boy who has an imaginary dragon–who’s far less imaginary. Because they certainly aren’t trying to copy the original, I’m willing to hang in there and see what they come up with.
How about you? What do you think? Have you ever seen the original Pete’s Dragon? Does this remake excite you at all? Will you be seeing it in theaters? Why or why not?
Thanks Fanpeople! Have a great day!