‘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 June 6

The first drive-in theater opened June 6, 1933.
The First Drive-In Opens
The first drive-in theater rolled into Camden, New Jersey on this day in 1933. Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr. first began his outdoor theater tests in his driveway and backyard before building his 400 car capacity drive-in. The slogan for the new invention was “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.” The very first movie every played at a drive-in was “Wife Before.” Though he failed to make a profit on the new venture, Hollingshead sold his drive-in theater three years later and soon, drive-ins were popping up from coast to coast.

The YMCA was founded on June 6, 1844 by George Williams.

The YMCA is Founded

The “Y” (formerly known as the YMCA and before that, the Young Men’s Christian Association) was founded on this day in 1844 by George Williams in London. Williams was concerned about the lack of healthy activities of youth and wanted to keep young men out of the taverns and brothels. His goal was to share Christ by focusing on three “healthy” areas – the body, mind and spirit. By 1851, there were YMCA’s in the United States as well as other countries. Initially, the YMCA concerned itself with Bible studies, but over the years the organization has moved to a more “holistic” approach. While the “C” in YMCA is less of importance today than it was years ago, the Y still puts a strong importance on the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.


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