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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Proves How to Finish a Trilogy

MOVIE REVIEW
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 September 5

(CBS)
The First Amazing Race
The reality TV series created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, The Amazing Race, began its first competition on this day in 2001 on CBS. Hosted by Phil Keoghan since the show’s premiere the teams of two are typically two people who have something in common: they are brothers, husband and wife, co-workers, best friends, etc. One season the show featured families of four competing and a couple of seasons teamed up total strangers with each other. During their “amazing race,” contestants are face with numerous challenges that they must complete in order to get their next clue which will lead them to yet another clue or instruction on a leg’s pit stop. The last team to reach the pit stop is often eliminated. Throughout the season, teams literally travel the world in a number of days. The Amazing Race has won 13 Emmy Awards often for “Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.”


(Disney)
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is Born
In 1927 Universal Studios decided that they wanted to get into the cartoon business and needed a cartoon character of its own. Disney's distributor, Charles Mintz, talked Disney and Ub Iwerks into creating a new character they could sell to Universal. An agreement was made and on this day in 1927, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit appeared for the first time in the short, Trolley Trouble. Universal didn’t treasure the little guy as much as Walt did. They selected the name “Oswald” out of a hat. The next year, it is reported that Disney met with Mintz in hopes of receiving a more profitable contract. Instead Mintz asked Disney to take a 20% cut in pay. Disney quit the studio leaving Oswald behind. Oswald wasn’t returned to the Disney Company until February 2006. Today he can be seen battling baddies in the Epic Mickey video game series.


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