Disney’s slew of live-action remakes and reimaginings, the tale of young orphan Pete and his winged friend looks starkly different to the 1977 original – in its aesthetics at least. Formerly lime green and goofy-grinned, the story remains the same, but director David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) had a distinct vision for his creature.
“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 Potter dragon”, Lowery explains, hoping his “75% realistic” dragon will be one audiences want to take home.