Competition for the Best Animated Film Oscar this year is stiff. The big news early on was the exclusion of The Lego Movie, but the films that were nominated are certainly worthy. In fact, there all so worthy, there isn’t a clear cut favorite between the five nominees. Disney’s Big Hero 6 is the slight favorite based on recognition and box office alone but the other films are close behind.
Which brings us to the reason you’re reading: How to Train Your Dragon 2. The DreamWorks Animated film has a real shot at doing what the first film didn’t, and that’s win the Oscar. To do so means campaigning and one new way they’ve done that is release an awesome one hour documentary on the making of the film. Watch the How to Train Your Dragon 2 making of video below. Read More »
One of the casualties, and maybe even causes of the recent dissent at DreamWorks Animation is the hugely popular How To Train Your Dragon franchise. The second film was expected by many to be among the highest grossing films of the year. Despite the film being a worthy follow-up to the first movie, however, it disappointed financially. It was one of many recent disappointments for the studio, which in turn was forced to make some huge cutbacks. The third film was delayed one year, then pushed back another.
So the original 2016 release date has become a 2018 release date, which is just fine for writer and director Dean DeBlois. That gives him more time to get everything right with How to Train Your Dragon 3. In a new interview, he hinted at the structure of the film, some character stuff, once again discussed the ending and offered an update on the script. Read about the How to Train Your Dragon 3 plot and more below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Hiccup and Toothless are proving unstoppable this awards season. Hot off their Globes win, How to Train Your Dragon 2 earned top honors at this weekend’s Annie Awards, and another five trophies besides. Meanwhile, The Boxtrolls picked up two (for production design and for Ben Kingsley‘s voice acting), while The Lego Movie took just one (for writing).
Get the full list of 2015 Annie Awards winners after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
We’ve got some sequel-related odds and ends to take you into the weekend. After the jump:
- Jennifer Aniston makes a Horrible Bosses 3 casting suggestion
- Scooby-Doo and WrestleMania will team up once more
- Den DeBlois gives a How to Train Your Dragon 3 status update
- Producer wants Jonathan Levine to write Warm Bodies 2
- That “leaked” Ghostbusters 3 script from 2009 is a fake
- Now You See Me 2 makes room for Sanaa Lathan
- Andy Serkis says the Apes franchise might go beyond a trilogy
- Flip through some Night at the Museum 3 character posters
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Posted on Friday, October 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
Actually completing a tale shouldn’t feel like a bold choice. But in an era when every major studio effort seems to be made with not just a sequel but an entire Marvel-style universe in mind, true endings are rarer than they should be. Instead, we get plot threads left dangling for installments on end, epilogues awkwardly tacked on at the last minute, and single stories split into two or three pieces.
So kudos to How to Train Your Dragon director Dean DeBlois for sticking with his three-film plan. While DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg has hinted at the possibility of a How to Train Your Dragon 4, it seems DeBlois is sticking to his guns. Although he says spinoffs aren’t out of the question. Hit the jump for DeBlois’ comments.
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is so awesome. It’s everything you want in a big summer blockbuster. Action, romance, surprises, suspense, yet for some reason it hasn’t struck a cultural chord like many people expected it to. However, it’s not over yet for Hiccup and Toothless.
In its second week at the box office, the film crossed $100 million domestic and will pass $200 worldwide later in its third week. Plus, it was the number one movie on a daily basis in its second week. That indicates staying power. Sure that’ll change thanks to Optimus Prime and the gang but there’s still plenty of time for film goers looking for a dynamite time at the movies to find How to Train Your Dragon 2, a beautiful and rewarding movie in every way.
And when I say “in every way” I mean that. The Soundworks Collection has done a video detailing the sound work in the film. It’s great watch to see some of the small details that can regularly go unnoticed in a film of this size and scope. Read More »
Gallery Nucleus has once again teamed with Dreamworks Animation for an art show celebrating the company’s How To Train Your Dragon film series. The How To Train Your Dragon art was created as a tribute to the movies by artists on the film’s creative team, curated specifically for this art exhibit. While the show does have some beautiful original works of art, those are a bit pricey — so I wanted to showcase some of the more affordable limited edition prints they have released (available to purchase online). The piece above is my favorite from the series, TOOTHLESS ON TOP by Ryan Savas. Hit the jump to check out my favorite pieces from the How To Train Your Dragon art show.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s theoretically possible that someday we’ll run out of sequel news to discuss. Today is not that day. After the jump:
- Chef‘s Emjay Anthony also joins Insurgent
- Cam Neely isn’t sure if he’s in Dumb and Dumber To
- Here’s how you can be an extra in Pitch Perfect 2
- Vin Diesel might be slowing down Fast & Furious 7
- William Eubank has ideas for a The Signal 2
- What was Guillermo del Toro‘s contribution to How to Train Your Dragon 2?
- Did you notice the subtle coming-out in HTTYD2?
- Watch a cute trailer for Dolphin Tale 2
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As film fanatics, it’s in our nature to want more. It’s not enough to be satisfied How To Train Your Dragon 2 is opening next week. A movie that’s just as wonderful, if not more so, than the original. No, we have to look ahead. We have to look forward to June 17, 2016‘s How To Train Your Dragon 3, and maybe beyond.
Since development on the sequel began, writer/director Dean DeBlois has been very upfront in saying How To Train Your Dragon 2 is the middle chapter in a larger saga. A trilogy that will end in 2016’s How To Train Your Dragon 3, announced in 2012. Now with Part 2 almost in theaters, he’s begun to divulge a bit about the third film, specifically how the ending of the series will tie back into Cressida Cowell‘s original books.
Also, one of the trilogy’s key components, composer John Powell, suggested that third film might actually be split into two, making the trilogy a quadrilogy. Read DeBlois’ quotes about How To Train Your Dragon 3 and Powell’s quotes about a possible How To Train Your Dragon 4 below. Read More »
The first five minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2 are now online. This is the same footage director Dean DeBlois and star Jay Baruchel presented at WonderCon 2014 this weekend so you now have a unique opportunity to check out the footage. Below not only can you watch the beginning of the film, you can watch a video blog reaction of it shot at WonderCon featuring myself, Peter Sciretta and Russ Fischer.
Then, as an added bonus, we’ll also discuss our thoughts on footage screened from Wes Ball’s YA adaptation, The Maze Runner. Check out the How to Train Your Dragon 2 opening and a video blog reaction blow. Read More »