For the 3D animated film How To Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks Animation studio has created a series of entertaining featurettes, toys, books, video games, and other fun materials to supplement the film's release this weekend in the US - and around the world this month.
The young Viking Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel ( Tropic Thunder) is joined by The Bounty Hunter's Gerard Butler who plays Stoick, Ruffnut Thorston is Kirsten Wiig ( Knocked Up), and Jonah Hill is Snotlout. Kids can make up their own Viking names on the website: http://www.howtotrainyourdragon.com.
How to Know Your Dragon
Actor David Tennant (Harry Potter), narrates an introduction to the Dragons, noting the creatures' distinctive personalities with the sketched imagery transforming into animation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBYL7sfU7Mc
How to Draw Your Dragon
A tutorial on sketching a Night Fury dragon with several easy steps that turn oval shapes into the formidable dragon. http://www.dragoart.com/tuts/4016/1/1/how-to-draw-night-fury.htm
How to Make Your Dragon
DIY paper dragon toys are available for Groncle, Terrible Terror and Night Fury, designed by the Curiosity Group and downloadable at the How to Train Your Dragon website - see the Activities section (www.howtotrainyourdragon.com).
How to Play With Your Dragon
More than 100 Viking-themed toys and products are available, from an action figure collection of the characters and dragons to clothing, foam swords and helmets, skateboards, plush dragons and eggs, and even bed sheets. Mega-retailer, Walmart features items for How to Train Your Dragon in a Viking ship, ranging from $5 to $30.
How To Play Games With Your Dragon
This action-adventure game puts the Viking hero on an epic quest on the Island of Berk, featuring the Wild Zone and Fight Arena from the film. Players explore, train dragons, and battle for victory in multi-player combat. Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii versions cost around $50 and Nintendo DS version is priced at around $30. Free games are available at www.howtotrainyourdragongame.com
How to Read All About Your Dragon
The film is based on British author Cressida Cowell's book series, starting with How to Train Your Dragon (2003) and other volumes through How to Break a Dragon's Heart (2009). Books released with DreamWorks's animated film imagery include I Can Read Books for ages 4-8, Hiccup the Hero and Meet the Dragons, Gobber's Guides by Devan Aptekar and a Chapter Book by J. E. Bright, ages 9-12.
How to Train Your Dragon
DreamWorks studios released this six-part instructional featurette on Dragon Training, covering each of the major dragons for each lesson: Deadly Nadder, Groncle, Monstrous Nighmare, Hideous Zippleback, Night Fury, and Terrible Terror