A Parent’s Guide to Pete’s Dragon (2016) (Movie)

Pete’s Dragon by James Whitaker (Producer) and David Lowry (Director)

Type: Fantasy

Basic Plot: Pete, an orphan, has been cared for by a dragon for six years. One day a little girl notices him, changing Pete’s and his dragon’s life forever.


Plot: 3/5 Average: I felt like this was a mixture of Tarzan and Calvin and Hobbes. The story was a bit predictable, even though it wasn’t cliché. It moved at a good pace, though most of the movie was made up of slow, sentimental moments. If there had been fewer emotional moments, you probably would have been able to feel with the characters more.

Acting: 4/5 Well Done: The acting was believable. The actors were able to make you feel with the moment with their realistically calm and gentle tones and motions, but the continual sentimental-ness of the movie kind of made you take it all for granted.

Scenery and Music: 3½/5 Above Average: The scenes and costumes weren’t terrible or outstanding. They didn’t look fake or cheap in any way and at the same time weren’t overdone to the point of unrealism. The dragon was made with realistic fur. It looked like a part of nature almost. The only unreal thing was probably the eyes, as the eyes were expressive in a human like manner. Music was about average. It wasn’t played often or extremely memorable, but it also wasn’t played poorly or obnoxiously.

Moral: 2/5 No Clear Moral: After I finished watching this movie, I wondered what the purpose of it was. There wasn’t really any message in it. There were light traces of Your Parents Are Dumb and Your Neighbor’s Evil, as most of the adults never knew what to do when they had a problem, unlike the children.

Overall: 3/5 Average: In quality, when considering the story, it wasn’t terrible; it just didn’t seem to have a point. It felt a bit like a waste of time because of this. As for acting and details concerning the dragon animation, both were well done. In quality I think children five to twelve would like it best.

Moral Content

Official Rating: PG

Sexual and Inappropriate Content: 1/5 Immodesty and Slight Suggestiveness: A man and woman are living together and have a child before they are married. Pete’s thighs, back, and chest can be seen throughout the movie.

Violence: 1/5 Light Violence: A boy’s parents die in a car crash that is heard. The baggage flying through the air as it falls can be seen as well as the crushed car. A man tells a story about a dragon fight. Some men go in the forest to hunt a dragon. Some men shoot a dragon with darts and tie it with rope. A dragon knocks people over with its tail. A dragon breathes fire on a bridge and later falls through it with some people. A man slams his face against a window on accident. A girl falls from a tree and gets a scrape. It is not shown. A boy falls from a tree and gets knocked out from a head crash. A woman pushes a waitress. A dragon pushes over a construction vehicle. People reassure a little boy that they won’t hurt him.

Swearing and Using the Lord’s Name in Vain: 0/5 None

Emotional, Intense, and Disturbing Content: 2/5 Some Lightly Scary Content: There are a few crying sounds after a boy’s parents die. A dragon roars a bit scarily a few times. People and animals are afraid of the dragon. A boy asks if the dragon will eat him. Wolves howl and chase a boy through a dark forest. A bear roars at a boy, loudly but really scarily. A woman talks about her mom when she died, and characters talk about the death of Pete’s parents. Guns are aimed at a dragon. A dragon and a boy pass out at separate times.

Religious Issues: 0/5 None

Magic: 2/5 Fairy Tale Magic: The movie revolves around a boy who was raised by a dragon and whether it’s real or not. Dragons are shown in drawings and woodwork and a song is sung about them. A man talks about a magic feeling and deciding to trust it.

Others: A boy has shoulder length hair. The credit song is has an electric/classical style.

Overall: Personally, I’m a fan of dragons the way I’m a fan of witches, there is no such thing as a good dragon. I also didn’t like that two unmarried people were living together with their ten to eleven year old daughter and the fact that Pete’s was so underdressed. I don’t strongly recommend it for those reasons, but if someone had no problem watching it, I would recommend seven to eight and older as the dragon’s roaring may scare younger children.


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