How 'Planet of the Apes' Inspired Visual Effects for 'Pete's Dragon'


Weta VFX supervisor Eric Saindon reveals the many influences that shaped Disney's newest fantastic creature.

At first glance, Elliot, the titular dragon in the new Disney film Pete's Dragon, which opens today, wouldn't seem to have much in common with Caesar, the evolved chimpanzee in Fox's 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Both characters were created by Peter Jackson's VFX house Weta Digital, which has created acclaimed CG characters from King Kong to Smaug. But, actually, the kinship between Caesar and Elliot goes deeper than that...