ELSEWHERE: Soar with New ‘Dragons’ Teaser

With its first promo for How to Train Your Dragon’s forthcoming 2014 sequel, Dreamworks Animation seems to have finally learned a few lessons on what makes a better story. It’s not just celebrity voice actors, overdone self-awareness of irony and archetypes, emphasis on angst, trendy pop-culture humor attempts that may expire in months, or millions spent on toy tie-ins and advertising. Instead, Dragon succeeded in 2010 because its story joyously explored family, fantasy, and the wonders of a broken world made better. Based on this teaser, I’m more optimistic that the same filmmakers also know why the first film soared.

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About E. Stephen Burnett

E. Stephen Burnett is a journalist, aspiring novelist, and editor and webslinger at Speculative Faith. His mission: to explore and enjoy epic stories that reflect the truths and beauties of the first and greatest Epic Story, God’s Word. He also writes for a dynamic news franchise in Austin, Texas and delves into Christ-and-culture doctrine at Christ and Pop Culture. He also enjoys nonfiction, soundtrack music, and spending life with his wife, Lacy, in their Texas headquarters.


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