‘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 18

Hot Wheels Roll Into Town

Elliott Handler was the co-founder of Mattel, a company he started with his wife, Ruth. Her claim to fame was creating Barbie. Elliott wanted to create something just as iconic for boys so he worked with a GM car designer and a real rocket scientist and created Hot Wheels. It was on this day in 1968 that Custom Camaro hit store shelves which was quickly followed by 15 other cars. Together, the grouping was named the “Original Sweet 16.” Each all-metal die-cast car came with its own collector button.

Michael Tate of Newsboys was born on May 18,1966.

Michael Tait is Born

On this day in 1966, Michael DeWane Tait was born. Tait began his journey to fame while attending Liberty University in the late ‘80’s where he met Toby McKeehan and Kevin Max for the first time. In 1988 they became DC Talk, a four-time Grammy winning band. In 2001, the group announced that they were taking a “hiatus” while all three members worked on their own solo projects. Tait started his own band, simply titled “Tait” in 1997 and continued with it until 2007 when he became the lead singer for The Newsboys, taking the place of Peter Furler who started his own solo career.


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