08 19 Oct '24
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David Lowery

Pete's Dragon (6+)

Edition 2022
102' - 2016 - Action, Comedy, Adventure - Dialogue: English
Director: David Lowery Composer: Daniel Hart With: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley
For Pete's Dragon, David Lowery reworked the family film of the same name from the 1970s into a modern, warm adventure for young and old. About the bond between a feral child and the forest dragon who watches over him. Children get older, trees get bigger, and so do stories.
Following his lyrical breakthrough film Ain't Them Bodies Saint (2013), director David Lowery further explored the mythical American landscape of yesteryear with a fresh remake of Disney's Pete's Dragon, enchanting the whole family. One day, a forester (Bryce Dallas Howard) and a lumberjack (Karl Urban) find the orphaned boy Pete. He has survived for years in the forest thanks to his great friend, the dragon Elliot. Their discovery inadvertently opens the hunt for the creature. The energy and emotion is perfectly captured by composer Daniel Hart in orchestral, yet authentic music. In a small but significant role, you'll recognise Robert Redford, who later starred in Lowery's The Old Man & the Gun (2018). "There's magic in the woods, if you know where to look for it", his character assures us. The film Pete's Dragon is a great place to start.
"The film transcends its familiar young-adult concerns – courage, maturity, and family – to become a piece of magic that is also about magic. In its own poignant, whimsical way, Pete’s Dragon salutes imagination’s power to help people embrace experience, not escape from it." - Film Comment
Daniel David

Creative Partnership

David Lowery and Daniel Hart will tell you exactly how film and music are so intrinsically intertwined in their projects, in their Creative Partnership talk on Friday 21 October during the WSA Film Music Days.

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David Lowery


Daniel Hart


Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley


David Lowery, Toby Halbrooks, Malcolm Marmorstein

Director of Photography

Bojan Bazelli


Lisa Zeno Churgin


Jim Whitaker

Production studios

Walt Disney Pictures



More information



Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"Pete's Dragon" (Seton I. Miller & S.S. Field)




David Lowery
Lullaby (short, 2000), Still (short, 2003), Deadroom (2005), Some analog lines (short, 2006), The Outlaw Son (short, 2007), A Catalog of Anticipations (short, 2008), St. Nick (2009), Boycrazy Promo (short, 2009) Boycrazy in Bed (short, 2009), Boycrazy Gets a Job (short, 2009), Boycrazy Bikini Mishap (short, 2009), Boycrazy at the Drug Store (short, 2009), Pioneer (short, 2011), My Daily Routine (short, 2012), Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Until We Could (short, 2014), Pete's Dragon (2016), A Ghost Story (2017), The Old Man & The Gun (2018), The Green Knight (2021)

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