Looking for other great family movies like Pete’s Dragon? You’re in the right place! While the 2016 reboot of Disney’s movie about an “imaginary” dragon (who isn’t so imaginary!) doesn’t release into theaters for a couple more weeks, you can start getting your family hyped up for it with other movies along the same lines. You won’t have far to look, the mythical beasts star in tons of epic films. Let’s check out a few of my favorite other movies like Pete’s Dragon!
Other Movies Like Pete’s Dragon
How to Train Your Dragon
How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 3D computer-animated movie that combines fantasy and action. The movie features the voice cast of Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, Gerard Butler as Stoick the Vast, Craig Ferguson as Gobber the Belch, America Ferrera as Astrid Hofferson and Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs Ingerman. The movie takes place in a Viking setting and tells the story of Hiccup, whose dream is to become a dragon slayer like the rest of the tribe. However, after he captures his first dragon, Hiccup discovers he would rather be the dragon’s friend than kill him.
Eragon is a 2006 fantasy adventure movie based on the 2002 book of the same name by Christopher Paolini. The movie stars Ed Speleers as Eragon, John Malkovich as Galbatorix, Sienna Guillory as Arya, Robert Carlyle as Durza, Jeremy Irons as Brom and Garrett Hedlund as Murtagh. Eragon is about the story of Eragon, a farm boy who discovers a dragon’s egg and soon finds out that this discovery will lead him on a journey, one that will find him up against the evil king Galbatorix.
Merlin and the War of the Dragons
Merlin and the War of the Dragons is a 2008 fantasy movie that is somewhat based on the British Leader King Arthur. The film stars Simon Lloyd Roberts as Merlin, Hefin Wyn as King Vortigern, Iago McGuire as Hengist and Dylan Jones as Uther. The movie is about Merlin, who serves under King Vortigern, and gathers a team of generals to fight the dragons that are terrorizing Britain.
Age of the Dragons
Age of the Dragons is a 2011 fantasy movie that is a recreation of the 1851 book titled Moby Dick by author Herman Melville. The Age of the Dragons stars Danny Glover as Captain Ahab, Corey Sevier as Ishmael, Vinnie Jones as Stubbs, Sofia Pernas as Rachel and Larry Bagby as Flask. The movie tells the story of Captain Ahab and his crew as they journey out to find the Great White Dragon. It’s a clever reimagining of the Melville tale that makes the classic a bit more relatable to kids.
The Jungle Book
While The Jungle Book isn’t exactly about dragons (unless you count the snake, who could theoretically be a descendent!), it’s still a great family film about the bond between a boy and the creatures who protected him when the human world failed him. The 2016 version combines both live-action with CGI animation, with Mowgli and his father being the only live-action characters in the movie. The movie stars Neel Sethi as Mowgli, Ritesh Rajan as Mowgli’s father and the voice cast of Idris Elba as Shere Khan, Bill Murray as Baloo, Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Scarlett Johansson as Kaa, Christopher Walken as King Louie and Lupita Nyong’o as Raksha. The movie is the tale of Mowgli, a young man-cub who is forced out of the jungle and takes on a journey, meeting some animal friends along the way.
These great movies like Pete’s Dragon will get you started on a thrilling weekend of adventure and excitement!