‘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 8

Don Larsen Pitches Perfect Game
It was on this day during Game Five of the 1956 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers that New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen threw a perfect game. Not only was this historical event the only perfect game in World Series history, it was also the only no-hitter of any kind to be pitched in postseason play until Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched a no-hitter game on October 6, 2010. Larsen won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and Babe Ruth Award that same year as well.

Laurel and Hardy Become a Team

Long before the two met, both Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had become established actors in their own right. Working as a writer and director, Laurel had been in 50 films and Hardy 250 films before the two began working together as team. The duo actually first met on the set of 1921 film, The Lucky Dog. Even though they appear in some scenes together, their characters played independently of each other. It was on this day in 1927 that the film short, The Second One Hundred Years was released where the two were officially billed as a team. Ollie was 35-years-old and Stanley was 37 at the time. From then on, the two appeared in 107 films created between 1921 and 1951. Their 1932 film, The Music Box, won the first Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Despite being hugely successful, the duo only made one American TV appearance. On December 1, 1954, they were lured to the Knickerbocker Hotel for a supposed business meeting, but instead, they were surprised and interviewed by Ralph Edwards on his live NBC program This Is Your Life. The pair had planned to perform in a number of TV specials for NBC called Laurel and Hardy’s Fabulous Fables, but had to bow out due to declining health.

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