Could DreamWorks’ ‘Dragon’ Franchise Finally Strike Oscar Gold in a Sequel-Heavy Year?

  • Variety
We haven’t even gotten around to the 91st Academy Awards, so it’s obviously premature to be looking ahead to the 92nd. Nevertheless, with the domestic release of DreamWorks Animation’s trilogy capper “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” right around the corner, it’s worth pondering whether one of the finest theatrical animated franchises of all time will finally get the Oscar love it deserves. In a year set to be packed with sequels, that unrewarded legacy could stand out.

Let’s go back nearly a decade, though. The first film in the series arrived in theaters just three weeks after the 82nd Oscars in March of 2010 — incidentally, the first year of the Academy’s expanded best picture category. Pixar was in full gallop with three-straight wins: “Ratatouille,” “Wall-e” and “Up.” DreamWorks’ “Dragon,” directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, was a refreshing experience after the hellish annual awards season.
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