“Dragon” animator explains “How To Train” – Hollywood In Ten

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BY SEAN O’CONNELL

HollywoodNews.com’s interview feature, “Hollywood In Ten,” showcases the creative individuals responsible for the movies we love, and corners them for 10 quality minutes.

Last weekend, families packed movie theaters, donned special 3-D glasses, and traveled to a far-off land to watch young Viking Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) train his loyal — and lethal — dragon, Toothless. Dreamworks Animation’s “How To Train Your Dragon” caught fire at the box office, pulling in an impressive $43.3 million to claim the No. 1 spot on Hollywood’s weekly Top 10 list.

Helping us figure out what went so right for the “Dragon” production is supervising animator David Torres, whose previous credits include stints on the three “Ice Age” films, “Robots” and “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!” Torres talks about the film’s amazing aerial sequences, the flight school which the animators attended, and a certain Francis Ford Coppola film that inspired the “Dragon” team behind the scenes.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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