‘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 October 3

The Maltese Falcon
(Warner Bros./Wikimedia)
'The Maltese Falcon' PremieresWritten and directed by John Huston, The Maltese Falcon was based on Dashiell Hammett’s novel of the same name. Based in San Francisco, film noir-styled film was about a private detective and a jewel-encrusted falcon statuette. This was Huston’s directional debut that starred Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade and co-starred Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. The film premiered on this day in New York City in 1941 and was later nominated for three Academy Awards. The film was a huge success and because of this, Warner Brothers had planned for the sequel, The Further Adventures of the Maltese Falcon, but since Huston and the major cast members were in high demand, the film was never made. In 1989, the film was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ Premieres

The comedy show hit, The Dick Van Dyke Show, premiered on this day in 1966 and starred Van Dyke, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam and Mary Tyler Moore. However, the show’s original pilot had a completely different cast – including the show’s namesake. The “other” show’s pilot was created in 1960 and was to be called Head of the Family and would have starred Carl Reiner. The storyline was basically the same as the finished product, but fortunately, the latter won out. The Dick Van Dyke Show aired on CBS for five seasons. During that time, the show won 15 Emmy Awards.

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