Over the winter solstice break, I saw How To Train Your Dragon*, which I can thoroughly recommend as piece of entertainment. It’s been compared in a couple of places to Avatar because it features large flying beasties. However, it did for me what Avatar couldn’t. It shut up the inner critic and made me go “Whoa! Dragons! I want one!” To advertise the film, Dreamworks released a series of shorts on YouTube, featuring Viking winter sports (with added dragons). The playlist is here.
In other Viking news, the vampire viking Eric returns to our UK TV screens this Friday at 10 on FX. Oh yeah, and there’s Sookie and Bill and rest of the characters in series 3 of True Blood. (Now with added werewolves!) There’s nothing sparkly about True Blood except Alan Ball’s writing. In a similar vein, HBO made a series of “minisodes” to advertise the new series. This one is my favourite, for various reasons, including the haughty disgust of the bloke in the gold shorts as he leaves the stage. Unfortunately, there isn’t a playlist, but you can find them all on youtube by searching for “true blood minisode”.
*featuring Jay Baruchel. Who is also in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Which was also fun and much better than I thought it would be.