Video interview: Dean Deblois talks HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, win a Comic-Con exclusive poster!

Video interview: Dean Deblois talks HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, win a Comic-Con exclusive poster!


Over the summer I got a chance to reunite and spend some time hanging out with the wonderful Dean Deblois, who then and even now is busy working on HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2. Dean co-directed the first film as well as LILO & STITCH, and has worked on productions like MULAN and ATLANTIS, among others. Once he finishes HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, he immediately starts working on HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3, so he’s sure to be a busy man for the foreseeable future. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Dean showed up to screen some early footage from the new film, and also to show support of the documentary DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER (which focused on the legendary movie poster artist Drew Struzan). While he was there I got a chance to do a quick catch-up interview with him and talk a bit about the new film. In the second installment, our hero “Hiccup” (voiced by Jay Baruchel) has grown up a bit, and still spends his time hanging with his dragon “Toothless.” When a new threat arises, Hiccup and Toothless must once again jump into action. Check out our interview here, followed by info on how you could win a very cool poster. My thanks to Brian McQuery for shooting this.

Since one of the reasons Dean was out and about at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con was to show support of Drew Struzan, it was also fitting as Struzan had done a special exclusive poster for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 which you could only get at the show by attending the panel promoting the film. Why is that a big deal? Okay, look, Drew Struzan is retired, so getting any sort of new poster by him is pretty amazing. Then there’s the fact that only 2000 posters were made, and they were gone in an instant. Well guess what? We have some, and Dean signed them, and that’s even cooler because most who got them at the show didn’t get them signed. We want these to go to a few lucky winners, so here’s the deal – watch the interview with Dean above and tell us what did Dean wanted to give Hiccup in the second movie, “An element of ____” – fill in the blank and give us the answer. Just send us an e-mail and give us the correct answer. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. Make sure to include your shipping address with your e-mail. Contest ends on December 31, 2013. One entry per household – all duplicate entries will be deleted. Get those entries in a good luck!

The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy brings us back to the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years after the two have successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 soars into theaters June 13, 2014

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.