Sunday, November 27, 2016

Tip#1008: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 6 – Pete’s Dragon

I feel grateful that I’ve been able to remember my sense of wonder and magic from childhood! Every time I see delicious looking food I feel a surge of timeless delight or when I see friends or connect with like-minded people I sometimes feel like a kid happy to be connecting with someone in a meaningful way.

I recently attended my 2nd Learnography Open House called Learning through Time and it was a joy to see friends I met a year ago (see photos Tip#894). Since then I had the honor of being their opening speaker at their Brunchography event (see photos Tip#951) and love to share my selfies with them via my social media channels. I always felt this organization had a special magic about it and it definitely starts with the amazing work culture and people there.

Amy Coupal, CEO, Learnography, Emmanuel Lopez, Motivatorman, Tammy Cunningham, Communcations Coach

One of the highlights at the recent event (next to the delicious food!) was a presentation of a film Learnography produced for Kin Canada. It’s a fantastic 10 minute documentary called “Milk for Britain” celebrating their 75th Anniversary of Kin's Milk for Britain Campaign during World War II. This highly engaging animated feature was created for use in Canadian curriculum for grades 7-12. See: Milk For Britain Documentary


The documentary may have been created for kids but I found it so entertaining and educational that it definitely falls under the category of "edutainment"! What I learned was that Kin Canada had been responsible for saving many young lives during this war and initiated the Meals on Wheels program that still thrives today in Canada. Plus I learned how chocolate milk was created for these kids!

There was a sense of magic I felt in this documentary that made me want to feature it on my movie blog so that others can see it. Sometimes cinema is the best way to capture the feeling of what magic is like. Disney is an enduring film studio brimming with magic and yet I was not prepared for how special their remake of Pete’s Dragon would be!

Pete’s Dragon (2016)

The fantasy adventure film, Pete’s Dragon, is about an orphaned boy named Pete (Oakes Fegley) who survives in the wilderness with his dragon friend Elliot and what happens when the outside world discovers them both. This entertaining movie also features wonderful performances by Bryce Dallas Howard, Oona Laurence, Robert Redford, Wes Bentley and Karl Urban. See: movie trailer

There is a special tone to this incredible family film that I’m not yet able to fully define. Magic is the closest word. I just highly recommend you see it as it can make you believe in the impossible or even in the existence of dragons. One of my favourite films growing up was 1979’s The Black Stallion and its meditative serenity flows through this movie. I found out later that director David Lowery did watch this film for artistic and visual inspiration. The Black Stallion is another magical family film I highly recommend (see Tip#367).

Inspiring Themes:
• Courage
• Passion
• Perseverance
• Resilience
• Indestructible Optimism
• Belief & Faith
• Supportive Relationships
• Family

A sense of magic can be felt in any film that touches your heart and emotions. It can also be felt in the sight and taste of delicious foods that excite you. It can be felt in seeing a newborn baby, a child at play or when you have a joyful, timeless time with friends. There is a bit of magic waiting for you to acknowledge today. Be open to embracing when it touches your heart!

Related Tips:
Tip#581: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 1 – The Artist  
Tip#959: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 2 - Micmacs
Tip#987: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 3 - Café Society
Tip#988: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 4 - TIFF 2016
Tip#1001: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 5 - Amadeus Live at The Sony Centre 
Tip#1008: Remember the Magic of Cinema, Part 6 – Pete’s Dragon 
Tip#919: Learning through Movies, Part 1 - The Big Short 
Tip#920: Learning through Movies, Part 2 - Concussion 
Tip#989: Learning through Movies, Part 3 - Snowden

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