Tag Archives: DreamWorks Animation

Dragons: Rescue Riders, a Rescue Bots Academy Clone?

21 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

DreamWorks and Netflix are not fully putting the How to Train Your Dragon franchise to rest. Rescue Riders is a side story where two new protagonists deal with saving humans and dragons from normal problems and come out as better individuals. This show and Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy share a similar DNA. The goal is to offer non-violent conflict resolution and teach the value of teamwork over individualism.

Here, Dak (Nicolas Cantu) and Leila (Brennley Brown), show how a blended society can be at peace. They have to face acceptance in the village of Huttsgalor. Despite Magnus Finke (Brad Grusnick) thinking humans and dragons living together cannot work, this crank is just an individual whose voice is heard and thankfully not heeded upon.

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Unearthing the Details of HTTYD: Hidden World’s Home Video Release

18 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Releases May 21, 2019

The future is wide open for where the How to Train your Dragon saga will go next. Astrid Hofferson confirms it in her recap of the saga in 60 seconds in the home video release of Hidden World. There’s no need to cry, as there are fans who are not ready to part ways yet. While Hiccup and Toothless’ story is over, other stories can continue on, especially when considering this film reveals the next generation.

This release also offers some behind-the-scenes moments and discusses the emotional journey the cast and crew went through in the past ten years. Most of the artwork presented in this disc can also be found in Dark Horse Comics’ Art of Hidden World book. The only difference is in how much material is available from these 5 to 8 min featurettes versus a 175-page book.

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The Art of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Advance orders available!

18 Aug

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Fans can have The Art of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World arrive at their home days after seeing the movie. This work is being offered at outlets like Amazon months in advance, and anticipation is high for the film which will cap off the series. This hardcover book promises to feature exclusive commentary and never-before-seen art from the creation of DreamWorks Animation‘s upcoming movie, set to arrive in theatres March 1, 2019. It will no doubt complement the previous tomes, as writers  Linda Sunshine and illustrator Iain Morris are listed as the principal team who are putting together this work for Dark Horse Comics.

This 184-page book will hit shelves on March 5, 2019, and will offer plenty of original art from the studio detailing from proof of concept to final product. Director Dean DeBlois will offer added commentary, and we at Otakunoculture.com will report previews as it becomes available.

This 184-page volume retails for $39.99.

Season Three of Trollhunters is Not an End but a New Beginning

29 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Sadly, all good Trolls must come to an end. No, the species are not going extinct in the finale of DreamWorks Trollhunters on Netflix but instead, Jim Lake Jr’s rite of passage into manhood is. Minimal spoilers will be revealed as this series has become a definitive hero’s journey for viewers of all ages to appreciate.

Most of the main characters are richly developed and Richard Hamilton’s books (The Way of the Wizard takes place after “For the Glory of Merlin” and Welcome to the Darklands in between seasons and two) fills in the blanks. The mythology takes a few cues from Arthurian tradition and this latest season does a triumphant job at exploring the virtues of what defines the knight. Traditionally, they should be on generosity, courtesy, chastity, chivalry and piety. This animation sees valour, justice and courage just as important.

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