How To Train Your Dragon is back!

On 7 June, DreamWorks released the first trailer for the third installment of the animated hit fantasy series, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

DR3_Tsr1Sheet_HiddenWorld_RGB_2SMIt’s been nine years since the first How To Train Your Dragon film flew into cinemas across the world. Two films have followed the adventures of young viking, Hiccup, and his unique dragon Toothless, as they protect the Isle of Berk and it’s people from multiple threats and it looks like it will be no different in the third and final film… well, except for Hiccup’s beard.

In 2014, I was lucky enough to be selected to travel to Norway to celebrate the release of HTTYD 2 for National Geographic Kids magazine. It was the most amazing experience, especially having not been to the country before.

I had the pleasure of interviewing the head of character animation, Simon Otto, in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, took part in a spot of dragon racing (thankfully whilst firmly on the ground) and even gave indoor skydiving a go to … all of which were caught on camera and published on the NG Kids YouTube channel!

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is due in cinemas next spring.

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365 Days of Writing Prompts Rebellion: Trykk tur!

AKA… ‘Press trip’ in Norwegian! I had a think about todays prompt, but I just couldn’t get my head into gear to adopt my favourite authors style in order to complete it. The reason being – I’M GOING TO NORWAY! I’ve been invited to attend a super cool press trip for a famous kids film that involves Vikings (not allowed to disclose just yet) and I’m so unbelievably excited. I’ll be leaving early Thursday morning on an 8am flight (ouch!) but will be taking part in so many fantastic activities… one includes a wind tunnel experience to give us the sense of flying on a mythical, fire-breathing, creature. I’m quite frankly ready to burst with excitement and I can’t wait to tell you all about it when I get back!

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Smell you later

#221: Humans have very strong scent memory. Tell us about a smell that transports you.

Following my first ever flight at the age of 10, many things continued to remind me of being on board an aeroplane – let’s just say it wasn’t the best experience of my life. Especially since I hadn’t been told that it takes 9 hours to get to Florida… and I also discovered that I suffered from air travel sickness, which was a bummer. So, even the smallest things had the ability to transport me back to that dreaded window seat, just purely through its smell. Thankfully, since my Iceland press trip back in 2012, I no longer suffer from air sickness – must have been a child/growing up thing.

Perfumes also have a similar effect – my mum bought Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue specifically for a big family trip to Spain, so that always transports me back to that amazing holiday. And, for some reason, whenever I wear Cacharel’s Amor Amor perfume, I instantly know that it’s time to party! That’s a kind of transportation right…