The How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular just finished its first round of performances in Australia and New Zealand and is now poised to swoop onto U.S. shores this summer. It’s a massive, live-action production telling the story of the first film with 80 cast members and 24 life-size, animatronic dragons.

Previously, we’d seen some footage of those dragons but now that the show is up an running, a trailer has been released along with some actual footage. The show should be a good go-between to satisfy fans before How To Train Your Dragon 2 comes out in 2014. Check out the videos below.

Thanks to Bad Taste (via Bleeding Cool) for the videos. First the trailer.

And now some three footage videos.

For a whole bunch of additional info on the show, including more videos, photos, history and more head to their official website: dreamworksdragonslive.com. U.S. tour dates have yet to be officially announced, but should happen soon. Here’s some info from a previous article:

DreamWorks and Global Creatures, the company behind Walking With Dinosaurs, have been working on the project for five years and it cost about $20 million. Watching the above video and reading quotes below, I have no idea how Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark cost more than three times that. It’s crazy.

“The complex animatronics, the cast of eighty including Viking warriors and villagers as well as world-class circus and acrobatic performers, all are quite ambitious,” according to DreamWorks Animation chief creative officer Bill Damaschk. Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of the company added this:

In our film, audiences around the world were transported to the mythical world of Vikings and dragons… and now, we are excited to immerse them in a one-of-a-kind live event in the How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular. The innovative team at Global Creatures and the creative storytellers at DreamWorks Animation have done an inspired job in every imaginable way to present this story on an unprecedented scale that will take audiences to unforgettable new heights.

The How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular is directed by Nigel Jamieson who cast all the parts with actors from all over the world.

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