Pete (Oakes Fegley) is 5 years old riding in the backseat of his parents car.

The family is on vacation, an “adventure”, when a deer crosses in front of the car. Pete’s dad tries to avoid the deer, crashes, and both parents die.  Why do one or both parents die so often in Disney movies?

Pete runs into the nearby forest to escape a pack of wolves and is about to be wolf food when Elliot the Dragon shows up and saves him.

6 years later, Pete and Elliot are doing fine but Pete, in his wanderings in the woods, sees others that look like him, and he is intrigued. Game warden Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) spots Pete and takes him home with her as she tries to find out who he is and where he belongs.

The locals happen to see Elliot (he survives by being able to disappear) and launch a posse to capture the Dragon that everyone in town has heard about since they were kids from Grace’s dad, Meacham (Robert Redford), but never believed.

One thing leads to another and Elliot finds himself in mortal danger…..

“Pete’s Dragon” is much better than I thought it would be.  Touching and tense as we root for Elliot and Pete to prevail over the stupid, narrow-minded, towns people trying to profit off of having a Dragon… that they finally believe one exists.

Go to IMDb for more information.  We watched this on Netflix.

Drive Safe! Never Forget.



Posted by Mike Pihlman

I am the Director of a 501c3 non-profit that awards college scholarships to Tracy, CA scholars in honor of my daughter's best friend, and our part-time daughter, Carol Phan who we lost on Sept 18, 2010. I am a: Book Review (, Technology (, and Movie Review ( blogger.

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