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

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…

Animated Disney Hits Coming Your Way This Month

ABC airs Disney animated hits
Joy from Inside Out, Ralph from Wreck-It Ralph
and Flik from A Bug's Life. (ABC)


It's always interesting to see what the other networks plan to put on in hopes of wooing viewers away from watching the Summer or Winter Olympic Games. This year, CBS is airing a special "celebrity" edition of Big Brother and ABC is using it ratings-getter, The Bachelor to promote a spin-off of sorts The Bachelor Winter Games. The annual presentation of Be My Valentine Charlie Brown will also be shown on ABC opposite of the Olympics' opening ceremony. We'll see how well those on do.

However, ABC is also pulling out its Disney card from up its sleeve airing three Disney and Pixar animated hits this month including the broadcast television debut of Inside Out to be shown tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. The other films making their way to the small screen are Wreck-it Ralph and A Bug’s Life. While first won't make any impact with the Games, Wreck-It Ralph and A Bug's Life could make a dent into NBC's ratings.

"Inside Out"
Anger, Disgust, Joy, Fear and Sadness. (ABC)
Inside Out
The Oscar-winning film, Inside Out debuts on TV Wednesday, February 7 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. Based in “Headquarters,” the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair, and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned – both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.

Inside Out is directed by Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up), produced by Jonas Rivera, p.g.a. (Up) and featuring an original score by Academy Award winner Michael Giacchino (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up).

Wreck-it Ralph
Ralph giving hand-outs to out-of-work Q-Bert and friends. (ABC)
Wreck-It Ralph
Ahead of the highly anticipated sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, releasing in theaters this November, Wreck-It Ralph takes us on a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey on Friday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.
Wreck-It Ralph won the PGA Award for outstanding producer of an animated theatrical motion picture as well as five Annie Awards, including best animated feature, director, screenplay and actor. The film was named best animated feature by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, earned outstanding achievement in casting for an animated feature by the Casting Society of America and won the Kids’ Choice Award for favorite animated movie. The film was also nominated for an Oscar® and Golden Globe® for best animated feature.

A Bug's Life
Heimlich, Slim, Francis, Rosie and Flik. (ABC)
A Bug’s Life
People tend to forget about this other Disney/Pixar gem set in the world of bugs. It was Pixar’s second full-length motion picture after Toy Story. A Bug's Life will be shown on Friday, February 16 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.

Flik is an inventive ant who’s always messing things up for his colony. His latest mishap was destroying the food stores that were supposed to be used to pay off grasshopper Hopper. Now the strong-arming insect is demanding that the ants gather double the food – or face annihilation. To avert disaster, Flik goes on a journey to recruit fighters to defend the colony. When he meets a band of highflying circus insects, he thinks he’s found his salvation.

A Bug’s Life features the voice talents of Dave Foley (Flik), Julie Louise Dreyfus (Princess Atta), Phyllis Diller (the Ant Queen) and Hayden Panettiere (Dot). ABC isn’t promoting the fact that this film also features the controversial Kevin Spacey as the ant’s enemy, Hopper. (Some will be upset that the network would air it given Spacey’s involvement, but maybe we can give ABC a pass since this is an animated tale that should be celebrated.) Other voice talents include Richard Kind, David Hyde Pierce, Joe Ranft, Denis Leary, Jonathan Harris, Madeline Kahn, Bonnie Hunt, Michael McShane, John Ratzenberger, Brad Garrett, Roddy McDowall and Edie McClurg.


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