Disney has not just been busy with expanding the Star Wars universe, it has also been slowly remaking many of its partial and fully animated classic stories like The Jungle Book, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Pete's Dragon.
Disney's remake of the partially animated 1977 film Pete's Dragon, however, is a little more mysterious. While we have seen quite a few scenes with the new Pete in the trailer, we have only caught a glimpse of a dragon hiding behind a tree in the poster. Now we finally get to see how the new dragon differs from the old one in an exclusive first-look!
If you have ever watched the 1977 original, you would remember that Elliott the dragon is a tubby cartoon dragon with green skin and pinkish-purplish hair on his head but was invisible for most of the film. Take a look at the old Elliott below.
In the 2016 remake of Pete's Dragon, however, Elliott seems to be even more gigantic and looks pretty much like a dragon - except that he is furry. Director David Lowery said that one of the first things that had to go was Elliott's wild pink hair - not that the production did not try to see what would happen if Elliott kept the hairstyle.
Lowery said that the production's aesthetic for creating Elliott in the remake was for him to be more realistically grounded. That is, his invisibility is more like a camouflage than actual magical powers that allow him to turn invisible.
"From the get-go, the aesthetic was always to make everything feel as handmade as possible ... To really have it feel like a blur between a very grounded realistic world and a world in which a big green dragon that can turn invisible can exist," Lowery explained.
Take a look at the new Elliott and see if you like him this way better.
Watch the trailer below too.
Which Elliott would you go for?
Pete's Dragon lands in cinemas on Aug. 12.