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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 29

The Disney/Pixar movie "Up" was released on May 29, 2009.

'Up' is Set Into the Air

The Disney/Pixar animated film, Up, was released on this day in 2009. Directed by Pete Docter, Up tells the tale of 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen who dreams of traveling to South America via his house lifted up from a large bunch of balloons and stowaway Wilderness Explorer Russell. Rendered in digital 3-D, the film features up to 20,000 balloons that help the house take flight. Up was the first 3D animated film to open at the Cannes Film Festival and received five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture.




The song "White Christmas" was recorded by Bing Crosby on May 29, 1942.

The Best-Selling Single of All Time is Recorded

On this day in 1942, Bing Crosby, along with the Trotter Orchestra and the Darby Singers, recorded Irving Berlin’s song, “White Christmas.” According to the Guinness Book of World Records, this version is the best-selling single of all time with an excess of 50 million copies sold worldwide. Ironically, the version most often heard today is not the original. After frequent use, the master had become damaged, so on March 18, 1947, Crosby and company met again to re-record the famous holiday hit.

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