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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…

This Day in Pop Culture for May 28

The Last Supper after 21 years of restoration

Leonardo da Vinci’s Masterpiece is Back on Display

Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece of “The Last Supper” was painted around 1495 in Milan, Italy. By the late 1970’s the painting had become badly deteriorated as so, in 1978 a major restoration of the painting had begun. The restoration took 21 years to complete and was finally returned on display on this day in 1999. While most of us would never know the difference, critics complained of the work’s dramatic changes in color, tone and shapes.

The Creation Museum Opens

On this day in 2007, the 70,000 square foot Creation Museum was established in Petersburg, KY as a resource for the science of creation. It features about 160 exhibits including history of dinosaurs, a walk-through of the Garden of Eden, the building of Noah’s Ark, a planetarium, a petting zoo and over 6,000 plants in over 500 varieties. In 2015, founder Ken Ham made headlines when he debated live with Bill Nye (“The Science Guy”) about creationism vs. evolution. As with all debates, some declared Nye the winner and others Ham.

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