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Pete’s Dragon from the late 1970’s was one of my favorite Disney films to watch. I loved the music and mixture of live action with animation of Elliot the dragon. Coming soon is the new live action version where Elliot is no longer the same animated character, rather he is computer generated and seems to blend more easily into the story.
Just in time for the premiere of the film, Disney has released an activity booklet that focuses upon imaginative play. Additionally, there are some fun printables for the kids.
About Pete’s Dragon (2016)
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted children in the sleepy town of Millhaven with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger in these very woods, his stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home to speak of, who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot, and from his descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the fabled dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories.
As Grace slowly begins to earn Pete’s trust, opening his eyes to the possibility that there is a world beyond his forest, his presence causes Grace to take a look at her own life, including her relationship with Jack (Wes Bentley), who owns the local lumber mill. Jack wants to support Grace’s endeavors to study and protect the surrounding woods but needs to focus on keeping his company profitable at the sametime, and it is driving a wedge between them.
When Pete’s idyllic life with Elliot in the forest is in danger, Grace, along with the help of Jack’s 11-year-old daughter Natalie (Oona Laurence), sets out to uncover the truth about this dragon and determine where Pete came from…and where he belongs.
A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is directed by David Lowery from a screenplay by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker, p.g.a., with Barrie M. Osborne serving as executive producer.
Imaginative Play and More Activities with Pete’s Dragon
An overarching theme from Pete’s Dragon is imaginative play. Kids NEED to have more of this in their lives. Playing video games is not the same. Rather, unplug the kids and embrace the initial boredom that might be claimed.
Grab the activity book full of ideas for imaginative play as well as other print and go activities for the kids. You will find coloring pages as well as a puzzle to print and cut out, a matching game, and bookmarks.
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Before or after heading to the theater to watch this new version of Pete’s Dragon, consider picking up a copy of the original movie featuring Mickey Rooney, Helen Reddy, Red Buttons, and Shelley Winters. Compare the animated films to the live action one. Did the story lines match? What are some differences between the movies? Does your child have a favorite version?
Many people think about books when it comes to comprehension and analysis. However, you can do this with movies, too.