Pete's Dragon (2016) Poster



Director David Lowery explained why Elliott is a furry dragon in an IGN article, saying that he'd rather have "the kind of dragon you really want to give a hug to" than a Game of Thrones (2011) type dragon, which he described as "cool, but scaly and cold".
Robert Redford rescued an abandoned horse on the second day of shooting.
Director David Lowery described his version of Pete's Dragon is to be more of a "re-invention", rather than a straight-up remake of Pete's Dragon (1977). His ambition for the film was to distinguish itself from the 1977 film as much as possible and also that he wanted to reinvent the "the core story of a venerable Disney family film". Lowery even watched the following films: The Black Stallion (1979), Yume to kyôki no ôkoku (2013), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Spirited Away (2001), and The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (2015), for artistic and visual inspiration.
Levi Alexander, who plays Young Pete in the prologue, and Gareth Reeves, who plays his father, are actually related. They are first cousins, once removed.
Karl Urban replaced Michael C. Hall as Gavin, while Wes Bentley replaced Casey Affleck as Jack.
World renown violinist, singer, composer, dancer, and performance artist Lindsey Stirling marks her film debut as one of the film's composers.
The kids listen to vinyl records, and the nurses are wearing old-fashioned white nurse caps. These along with the cars and no cell phones indicates this is not set in twenty-first century.
Pete spends about 85% of the movie barefoot, both in town and in the woods.
Director David Lowery is married to Augustine Frizzell, who plays Mrs. Swanberg in this film. This is their second collaboration on a feature film.
At one point while Pete is running through town, he runs into a man holding a stack of cardboard boxes. This may be a reference to a scene in Pete's Dragon (1977) when Pete bumps into a man holding a large stack of cardboard egg cartons.
This film is rated PG but the original Pete's Dragon (1977) is rated G.
Features four actors that have been in Marvel Comics movies. The first being Karl Urban as Skurge in Thor: Ragnarok (2017). The second Wes Bentley as Blackheart in Ghost Rider (2007). The third is Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014). The fourth Bryce Dallas Howard as Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3 (2007).
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Robert Redford's character lives in the woods. Ironically, a previous movie Redford starred was called A Walk in the Woods (2015).
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Bryce Dallas Howard played another character named Grace in Manderlay (2005).
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Howard Shore was originally chosen to compose the music for this film, but he was replaced during post-production by Daniel Hart, who had worked with director David Lowery before.
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