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July 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT

For a creature that’s 20 feet tall, carpeted in green fur, and cloaked with leathery wings, the title character of Pete’s Dragon proves rather elusive in three new clips from the upcoming Disney movie.

Instead of showcasing Elliott, the dragon in question, the clips hint at his presence while focusing on the film’s human stars. Those include Bryce Dallas Howard as a kindly forest ranger, Robert Redford as her yarn-spinning father, and newcomer Oakes Fegley as an orphan who has struck up a special friendship in the forest.

For those who don’t believe in pals like Elliott, Mr. Meacham (Redford) has some words to keep in mind: “Just because you don’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not there.”

Pete’s Dragon opens Aug. 12.

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