How To Train Your Dragon to Get a Sequel, and Opportunity

I’ll be getting back to coaching in just a bit, but I was at first irked, but then very excited about the news from Variety that DreamWorks is planning a sequel to How to Train Your Dragon.  As you might remember from my review of the film, I felt is had many good points and was a story well told, until one word at the end really ruined it for me.

When I first heard the news of a sequel, my cynical side came out and said “ah, great, more patting of the little slave/pet dragons.”  Then I headed over to Wikipedia and looked at synopses of the books to see how the story continued in the series.  Much to my surprise, as I read the synopsis of the original How to Train Your Dragon book, the film is almost entirely different.  Cressida Cowell, the author of the book, said she approved of the changes and still felt it “kept to the spirit” of her book.

I disagree—from what I gather, I think the movie almost did her book one better.  Before the “P” word, the movie really helped paint the dragons as equals to humans, where from what I gather, in the book dragons like Toothless were quite comfortable in their subservient role.

Toothless could figure out there is something rotten in the Isle of Berk

This major break from the book is a wonderful opportunity to turn that last line, showing that even Hiccup doesn’t think of dragons as more than pets, into the central story line and tension for the sequel.  I could see a wonderful plot where the dragons, who at first enjoyed living side-by-side with the Vikings, start to chafe at being told what to do and where to go all the time.  Even Toothless, who loves Hiccup dearly, sees the problems, but is having trouble getting Hiccup to see it, too.  Set that up against either another all-dragon tribe, or a bitter Viking who was exiled by Stoik that entices the remaining dragons with freedom from rules—if they will only help them destroy Berk and all its human inhabitants. 

Most go, and a very few dragons stay.  When the attack comes, the Vikings strategy fails—even Hiccup’s plans.  Berk is in trouble, and about to be razed to the ground.  Hiccup finally realizes that the only one who knows how to stop the dragons are—the dragons.  And only by learning to become partners—not keepers—with the dragons, are they able to save their land, and bring the dragons they once loved back into the fold.  Indeed, the solution may end up being not fighting at all.

You get tension, war, dragons doing their deadly things, and you get a wonderful moral tale in the end about understanding the value that every creature has when you treat it with respect.

Oh, and DreamWorks, the answer is yes, I’d be happy to script it out for you.  And I have another great script called The Adventures of MightyDove for you while we’re at it (I’ll be blogging about that one another time).   Call me…

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One Response to “How To Train Your Dragon to Get a Sequel, and Opportunity”

  1. siavosh Says:

    You are right, the “Pet” word is surplus by my opinion, i love the parts of story which the Toothless was a secret only for hiccup at ’em , when the people of the berk find out about the relationship between Hiccup & Toothless, story goes to be alittle boring than before.
    and i think the other reason of making the relationship between Hiccup and Toothless is The Music especially The track named “Forbidden Friendship”…
    They are also available in iTunes Store…

    Excuse me for any gramatical(!) problems in my comment!
    sincerely, Siavosh.

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