This movie is a re-imagining of the 1977 family film that combined Disney's hallmark animation with live action sequences that were similar to other campy movies of the time like The Apple Dumpling Gang and Herbie the Love Bug. The original movie featured musical singing and dancing routines, slap stick humor, and a cartoonish dragon with purple hair and wings. While the new adaption features an orphaned boy named Pete who is befriended and protected by a dragon he names Elliot that is about all the similarities between the two movies as 2016's PETE'S DRAGON really is its own stand alone tale. While the original film is known for outlandish characters and musical numbers, the new movie stands out as a drama that tells a story which absorbs audiences into it through well developed characters, impressive stunts, stunning natural backdrops, and wonderful special effects. It also features some comedic moments that had the whole theater laughing, mostly involving the reactions by people in the movie the first time they get their eyes on Elliot.
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PETE'S DRAGON is rated PG for action, peril and brief language. In my opinion this rating is primarily for three scenes. The movie starts off with an accident which leaves Pete alone in the woods being stalked by some very vicious looking wolves that appear very ready to eat him. Another sequence has men with rifles shooting at Elliot. There is also a scene where Elliot attacks several characters by breathing fire at them putting them at risk of being killed. The film really is suitable for children of any age, but as a parent if you have a child who may be sensitive to intense situations or easily scared these scenes are what you should really be aware of before he or she sees the movie. For the most part though this is a great movie for a family outing filled with some great messages for kids such as valuing family and wildlife.
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