‘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 21

Suzanne Pleshette made a surprise appearance during the "Newhart" series finale.

'Newhart' Show Ends in a Twist

From 1982 to 1990, Bob Newhart played the role of Dick Loudon in his second successful sitcom for CBS, Newhart. During the series, he played an author of do-it-yourself books who moves from New York City with his wife Joanna (Mary Fran) to a rural town in Vermont to run the Stratford Inn. He and his wife were the “normal ones” while everyone else in town seemed very odd. The very funny sitcom ended with one of TV’s best endings ever. In the very last episode, Dick wakes up in an apartment bedroom with his wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette) from his former sitcom, The Bob Newhart Show who tells him that it was all just a bad dream.

The 'Greatest Show on Earth' Performs its Last Show

After performing as the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus since 1887, the circus performed its last show on this day in 2017. The circus’ last stop was in Uniondale, New York and was led by Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson who had been with the show since 1999. Over the recent years, attendance at the circus had been dropping and protesters would show up claiming that the “Greatest Show on Earth” was abusing the elephants. After several years of complaints, the circus removed the elephants from their shows in May of 2016, but it only added to lower ticket sales which led Feld to make the difficult decision to end the show for good.


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