Bob Persichetti is having a good week. It began by winning an Oscar on Sunday night for co-directing Sony’s spectacular Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and now word has arrived that he’s already found his next directing gig. Persichetti will direct Puss in Boots 2 for DreamWorks Animation, a long-brewing sequel to the 2011 animated hit that was a spin-off of the Shrek movies. Read More »
A couple of weeks back, I was able to visit the DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale California, an oasis hidden amongst the Los Angeles concrete. There, I had a chance to visit Dean DeBlois‘ new office and talk to the filmmaker about How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. As you may know, DeBlois wrote and directed the modern Disney Animation classic Lilo & Stitch with Chris Sanders, before moving to DreamWorks to direct all three installments of the now completed How to Train Your Dragon trilogy.
In our interview, we talk about the evolution of the story from the beginning of the trilogy to the conclusion, comparisons to Star Wars, the trouble with sequels, an animation franchise where the characters physically grow and age, the original idea for the second movie that was abandoned, how he feels about making audiences cry, what it was like to work with Guillermo Del Toro and Drew Struzan, his hopes to make a live-action film next, a possible Dragons theme park ride, and the challenge of making a mythical based franchise in the age of Avatar.
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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World feels like the end. And that is a blessing for the film, which wraps up its narrative threads so neatly that it is as smooth as the scales on the backs of the DreamWorks franchise’s titular dragons. While it’s not quite the swan song that the franchise — which started with the near-perfect 2009 film How to Train Your Dragon — could have had, The Hidden World never falters in delivering the raw, emotional power and arresting visuals (and yes, the tears) that the series is known for.
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The How to Train Your Dragon series has become one of the most beloved and critically lauded animated franchises today, and its third film, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, is set to bring the fantasy series to an end (and bring us to tears). But in another timeline, the final two films of the series could have looked drastically different.
Director Dean DeBlois revealed in an interview with /Film’s Peter Sciretta that he had a different villain in mind in the How to Train Your Dragon 2 original plans. And that villain would have had repercussions leading into The Hidden World.
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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is flying high at the box office, and it hasn’t even hit U.S. theaters yet. But while Glass holds strong at the domestic box office for a third weekend in a row, it better prepare to deal with a fiery competitor, as How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World rakes in millions at the overseas box office and at early access screenings.
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There was a time when Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was one of the most anticipated sequels. Of course, that meant it was never going to live up to the hype, and it was going to have a hard time living up to the original Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. For my money, I think the sequel still brings a barrel of laughs. But it’s probably for the best that when Will Ferrell returns as Ron Burgundy returns in 2019, it’s not for a feature film sequel, but a podcast instead. Read More »
Drew Struzan has left behind a legacy of some of the most iconic movie posters of all time, with his posters for films like the Star Wars saga, the Back to the Future trilogy, the Indiana Jones series, The Thing, Blade Runner, and more, cementing his status as one of today’s the most influential pop artists. But the movie poster legend is effectively retired, making his last poster for 2015’s The Force Awakens. But one animated franchise has brought Struzan out of retirement.
Struzan has emerged from his four-year retirement to create the new How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World posters, which embody that classic muralistic style that he is famous for.
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Fandango is inviting How to Train Your Dragon fans to its hidden world three weeks early. The ticketing company is teaming up with DreamWorks Animation to offer How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World early screenings on February 2, nearly a month before the film is set to hit theaters, with tickets going on sale today.
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American audiences aren’t going to see How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World until the end of February, but since Australian crowds will be able to see it when it opens in that country on January 3, the first batch of How to Train Your Dragon 3 reviews hit the internet today. Thankfully, it sounds like critics are riding high after witnessing the final adventure of Hiccup and Toothless. Read some excerpts from their reviews below. Read More »
Not too long ago, we learned that the DreamWorks Animation hit Shrek would be getting some kind of reboot from Illumination Entertainment. But before that happens, a huge group of filmmakers and animators have collaborated to remake the entire original movie from scratch.
Shrek Retold is a reimagining of the original Shrek with over 200 storytellers tackling a small segment of the movie in their own unique style. As you can see, it plays out like some kind of acid-fueled trip through the satirical fairytale with a mix of charming homemade live-action footage and animation. Check out the Shrek Retold trailer to see how wild this project is. Read More »