The Story Behind Elliott the Dragon’s New Look

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Fans of the 1977 “Pete’s Dragon” film got a big surprise when a picture was revealed recently of the new live action rendition of Elliott the dragon. The huge difference? Well, other than CGI versus hand drawn, the dragon is covered in fur!

Director David Lowrey, in an interview with Empire, explained that the idea of Elliott being furry was conceptualized from the very start of the film’s process:

“When I went to pitch the movie to Disney, I said ‘I want him to be a furry dragon’. Pete is supposed to be cuddling up with the dragon, so let’s make him furry.” But his decision to create a furry beastie has more reasoning behind it than simply Pete’s (Oakes Fegley) comfort. “I wanted him to feel not like a Game Of Thrones or Harry Potterdragon.”

“A lot of [Elliott] is a dog, because people relate to dogs, but I’m a big cat person. There’s a seagull in there, and a tiger. Ultimately, it comes down to trying to make a 20 foot tall pet.”

It’s exciting to see that Lowrey has taken into careful consideration the heart of the original “Pete’s Dragon” film, while still thinking outside the box to make this year’s upcoming adaptation its own entity.

“Pete’s Dragon”hits theaters August 12th, you can check out the latest trailer below:

Photo Credit: Empire

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