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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

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While not exactly a golden rule, it is known fact that if a movie does well in the box office, chances are good that it will be followed by sequel and more often than not, we’ve come to expect that the sequel won’t measure up to the original. Add a third movie to the mix and you’re just asking for trouble. With animated movies, the expectations are often even lower. (Is anyone really surprised that the Ice Age movies keep getting worse?) But sometimes, as is the case with the Disney/Pixar Toy Story movies, we’re pleasantly surprised. Now you can add How to Train Your Dragon to that short list too.

One thing that DreamWorks Animation has understood about this series is that the story comes first, the hijinks come later. The very first Dragon movie proved that way back in 2010 with a strong story and with each chapter that has come after it, that story just keeps getting better. What started out as a cute kid’s story has become a powerful trilogy. We've seen these chara…

First Look at the 'New' Mary Poppins

Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins
Emily Blunt as "you know who." (Disney)

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Perhaps it is Disney's attempt to distract from its volatile news that Beauty and the Beast will feature the studio's first gay character, Disney has released a new production photo of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins Returns a sequel to the 1964 musical that starred Julie Andrews.

Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. The film also features Disney legends Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury in supporting roles.

The screenplay is by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.

Mary Poppins Returns will be released in U.S. theaters on December 25, 2018 which should be quite the Christmas gift.


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