how to train your dragon exhibit

Don’t let anyone tell you that animated films aren’t art. Dean DeBlois‘ beautiful How to Train Your Dragon trilogy is getting the art museum treatment with an exhibit coming this month to Los Angeles, featuring more than 200 works of art including sketches, digital renderings, and video installations. Hopefully the exhibit is the kind that welcomes photography and public shows of excessive crying.

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bad boys 3 camera test

In this edition of Sequel Bits:

  • Ghostbusters 3 is gearing up to film in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Speaking of Ghostbusters 3: Melissa McCarthy is fine with it.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 3 director Dean DeBlois would be fine with the franchise continuing (with new characters).
  • Kevin Smith shares a pic of a familiar location, and a familiar face, from the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot set.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse directors offer their thoughts on what a potential sequel might look like.
  • Will Smith shares a “censored” look at a Bad Boys 3 script read.

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How To Train Your Dragon Fire Sword

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, the head of story for Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet share some of the secrets of storyboarding an animated movie. Plus, find out how to make Hiccup’s fire sword from How to Train Your Dragon in real life, and watch Parks and Recreation star Jim O’Heir (aka Jerry) parody the most famous scene from the Fyre documentary. Read More »

weekend box office how to train your dragon 3

It’s official: people really want to learn how to train their dragons. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third and final entry in the animated franchise, won the weekend box office, hauling in $55.5 million. This is the best debut of any film in the series, probably because audiences couldn’t resist seeing hot older Hiccup and his CGI beard. Meanwhile, Alita: Battle Angel dropped to second place, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part came in third, and Fighting With My Family wrestled its way to fourth place.

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dean deblois and how to train your draon
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 review

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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how to train your dragon 2 original ending

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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The 10 Best Animated Flying Sequences

best animated flying sequences

(Welcome to Let’s Get Animated!, a column that spotlights the best of film animation. In this edition: the best animated flying sequences.)

The best kinds of animated films sweep you away — whether in their dazzling technical craft, their boundless imagination, or their awe-inspiring execution. And the best kinds of animated flying sequences achieve all three.

In honor of the release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third and final film in a franchise that has given us some of the most breakthtaking flying sequences rendered to celluloid, I have compiled the best flying sequences from animated films. Because of my arbitrary decision to limit the definition of “flying” to characters achieving lift for a significant amount of time, it pains me to say that I won’t be including last year’s brilliant Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but honorable mention goes to that leap of faith. Now that that’s all said and done, here are the 10 best animated flying sequences.

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How to Train Your Dragon Honest Trailer

What happens when you take a dragon and cross it with all your favorite internet cat videos? You get the adorable Toothless in the animated fantasy adventure franchise How to Train Your Dragon. Now the the final installment of the DreamWorks Animation franchise, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, is hitting theaters this week, it’s time to have Honest Trailers look back at the first two films in the franchise. They’re so good that they’ll make you forget DreamWorks Animation once made a movie where a bee fell in love with a human woman. Read More »

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how to train your dragon the hidden world posters

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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