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Peek behind the scenes of 'How to Train Your Dragon,' past and future

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How to Train Your Dragon is different than your typical animated franchise. While there have been more-successful blockbusters that yielded sequels—like Toy Story or ShrekDragon was slightly more ambitious from the outset because it almost immediately mapped out a heroic multi-picture arc for its main character, Hiccup, treating him like Harry Potter or Luke Skywalker.

In the second film, which arrives as a digital download on Oct. 21 and on DVD on Nov. 11, Hiccup is five years older than when he first met Toothless, his jet-black Night Fury dragon, and director Dean DeBlois and his team of animators spent lots of time working on their hero’s physical transformation. In a behind-the-scenes documentary on the Blu-ray, Where No One Goes (see an exclusive clip below), DeBlois talks about resisting the temptation to turn Hiccup into a six-pack-abs Viking warrior. “Even though he is the hero of our story, so much of his charm lies in how gangly and awkward and dorky he is,” he says.

The documentary features animators toying with the characters’ aging process, DeBlois’ script and character notes, and additional storyboards and early sketches that became crucial elements of the sequel’s adventure. In the film, Hiccup meets a mysterious dragon-whisperer named Valka, voiced by Cate Blanchett, who says, “It really is the best entry I think a character’s ever had in cinema history.” READ FULL STORY

'How to Train Your Dragon 2': How Guillermo del Toro earned his post-credits 'Thank you' -- SPOILERS

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Craig Ferguson owes Guillermo del Toro a very nice dinner.

The late-night host and the voice of How to Train Your Dragon‘s Gobber has never worked with the Pacific Rim director — though they’ve met on The Late Late Show — but he owes him his life. Or, more correctly, Gobber’s life. Click below for the story, if you don’t mind major Dragon 2 SPOILERS. READ FULL STORY

'How to Train Your Dragon 2': Is Gobber really gay? -- SPOILERS

In the How to Train Your Dragon films, Craig Ferguson voices Gobber the Belch, Hiccup’s Viking mentor and a comic sidekick whose early belligerent encounters with dragons cost him an arm and a leg. Stomping around on his peg-leg and wielding a variety of interchangeable tools as arm prostheses, Gobber is more useful in the armory forging weapons than he is in the fight. But he’s brave and loyal and enjoys a place of distinction and respect in the community of Berk. So why hasn’t he married?

In the new sequel, which reunites Hiccup’s parents, Gobber lets slip that settling down with a good woman was never in the cards for him. As Hiccup’s father Stoick (Gerard Butler) has his first little quarrel with Hiccup’s mother Valka (Cate Blanchett), Gobber mutters, “This is why I never married. This and one other reason.”

When Dragon 2 premiered at Cannes last month, audiences raised an eyebrow at the remark. Had battling dragons cost Gobber an appendage even more important than his arm and leg? Or… is Gobber gay? READ FULL STORY

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