Part of the magic behind David Lowery’s “Pete’s Dragon” is how it makes you whole-heartedly believe the titular beast is real. Elliot, as our protagonist comes to name him, is a living, breathing animal with real emotions and a design so lifelike that you just want to reach out to the screen and pet him. But what if Elliot was actually real? A new promotional documentary from Disney imagines the hilarious consequences of having a fun-loving dragon on set, including fur in every corner of every room (even in your mouth, yikes).
The clip features star Bryce Dallas Howard, who plays the park ranger who discovers Pete in the woods and kicks off his life-changing adventure. Robert Redford, Oona Lawrence and Karl Urban also star in the family film, which has earned glowing reviews. IndieWire’s own David Ehrlrich raves, “David Lowery brings indie spirit to the most unlikely of places in the summer’s best remake.”
David Lowery made a name for himself as the indie auteur behind such festival hits as “Ain’t Them Bodies Saint.” Many found Disney’s selection of him to helm “Pete’s Dragon” an odd choice, though it appears he keeps his knack for human drama intact despite handling a much larger budget.
“Pete’s Dragon” opens in theaters nationwide on August 12. Check out the humorous documentary below.