July 8, 2016 Tom Ito

The Hit House created original music to fit “Go North” vocals from Pete’s Dragon.

Walt Disney Pictures remade Pete’s Dragon based on the original live-action/animated musical 1977 version. Ad agency TRANSIT got the vocals from the song “Go North” from the movie and gave them to The Hit House to work our magic. Composers Scott Miller and William Hunt delivered a musical labor of love. Their original music provides a seamless instrumental synching to the loving yet wistful melody of Pete singing a tune of friendship to his companion Elliot.

Directed by Davide Lowery, Pete’s Dragon centers on the adventures of Pete (Oakes Fegley), a 10-year-old orphan who lives in the woods with his best friend Elliot, who happens to be a dragon. The tale begins when Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford), a woodcarver, tells stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) believes these are just fiction, until she actually meets Pete. With the help of her friend Natalie (Oona Laurence), Grace sets out to investigate if this fable is actually true.

Happily, in creating the music for Pete’s Dragon, we answered the timeless riddle, “If a dragon is in the forest, does it make a sound?” Turns out, some quite beautiful ones. Luckily we got to add the accompanying trailer music.

“Go North” with Pete and his dragon on August 12.