‘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…

This Day in Pop Culture for May 17

"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was published on May 17, 1900
'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' is PublishedIt was on this day in 1900 that L. Frank Baum’s children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was published for the first time by the George M. Hill Company (which would close down two years later) in Chicago. The story about Dorothy Gale getting swept up by a twister only to find herself lost in the land of Oz is one best-known stories in American literature. Baum dedicated the book “to my good friend and comrade, my wife.” In 1902, the story became a Broadway musical that was so popular, it helped to encourage Baum to write 13 additional books. But the story hasn’t been loved by everyone. In 1986, seven Fundamentalist Christian families in Tennessee attempted to convince the local public schools to ban the book due to their opposition of depicting benevolent witches.

Donna Summer passed away on May 17, 2012.

Donna Summer Passes Away

Many are familiar with the term, “Queen of Disco,” referring to Donna Summer who rose to fame in the ‘70’s with such hits as “Love to Love You Baby” and “Hot Stuff.” However, not near as many people knew that Summer had become a born again Christian in the 80’s. She reportedly said, "Well, I was Christian my whole life, but I didn't really execute it -- I didn't live it. And I came back to realizing that without it I couldn't get through this stuff I had to go through. I need something that grounded me and it had to be really strong." On this day in 2012, Summer died from a non-smoking-related lung cancer.

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