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How to Train Your Dragon 2 impressions so far

December 19, 2013

Frozen has been a bit lonely in the pre-release impressions category, but now with the release of the first proper trailer How to Train Your Dragon 2 shall accompany it. To those who don’t know what the first Dragon was about, it had a nerdy viking boy Hiccup befriending a dragon he calls Toothless despite vikings and dragons being enemies otherwise, and problems arising when his forbidden friendship is discovered.

This post will be about the trailer and a few articles I’ve read, and they were pretty spoilery. So, potential spoilers under the cut I guess.

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Frozen impressions so far

May 20, 2013

The 53rd entry to Disney Animated Canon, Frozen, is based on the story Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen. It will be released on November 27 and I really can’t wait to see it (actually I’ll have to wait even longer since it always takes a few months for Disney movies to get to Finland). While we know next to nothing about the film many people still feel that they must have an opinion on it, and I’m of course one of those.

I like the Snow Queen story; when I was young I used to watch the old Russian 1957 film so much that the video tape is nowadays in horrible shape. When I first heard about a Disney adaptation I was pretty excited. Some good things about the old film include:

  1. For once the princess is not in another castle, this time it’s the girl who sets out to rescue the boy.
  2. While the girl gets a lot of help from others they only help her forward for a part of the journey, she doesn’t have the same baby sitter or bodyguard from start to finish.
  3. While love is ultimately the solution for the frozen heart problem, the film starts with the main couple swearing eternal love to each other so we don’t get the “character development and plot climax = falling in love” thing for the nth time.

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