Pete’s Dragon and The Jungle Book are so similar, yet surprisingly so different, as both are live-action remakes of many peoples childhood favorites.
Pete’s Dragon starts off with Pete’s parents getting in a car accident, leaving him stranded in the forest, and ala Beauty and the Beast is surrounded by wolves and saved by the beast of the forest, this time a Dragon, who he names Elliott.
Pete then goes ahead and lives in the wilds of the jungle for six years, until deforestation hits his area, and he is discovered by people who try and bring him back to the real world (and steal Elliott away from him).
The Jungle Book is the story a lot of us grew up with, as Mowgli is raised by wolves after his father was killed by Shere Khan, a lion and King of the Jungle.
As Khan tries to hunt down Mowgli for revenge, after his father left Khan scarred and blinded, Mowgli stumbles through adventures and characters throughout the wilderness.
Pete’s Dragon features a fantastic soundtrack, including Lindsey Stirling’s end credit song Something Wild, while The Jungle Book tries to reimagine the songs of our childhood and fails miserably as Christopher Walken gives children nightmares with his croaking.
The dialogue in Pete’s Dragon is minimal at times, letting the music and visuals tell the tale, while The Jungle Book is slow paced and clunky at times.
Robert Redford and Bryce Dallas Howard bring the star power to Dragon while Walken and Bill Murray play roles in Jungle Book.
Pete’s Dragon gets a 9 out of 10 while The Jungle Book gets a 6 out of 10.