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Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury is a direct-to-video winter holiday-themed computer-animated special spun off from the DreamWorks Animation movie franchise How to Train Your Dragon, directed by Tom Owens and released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 15, 2011. The special opens similarly to the first movie, with Hiccup narrating about the upcoming Snoggletog festival being one to remember now that the war between the Vikings and the dragons has ended. Hiccup is promptly woken by Toothless jumping on the roof, making sure to grab his helmet and head out flying with his friend. They practice a trick they've been working on for some time during their flight and finally pull it off, as the other villagers are putting up Snoggletog decorations with the help of the dragons. While Stoick proclaims how this'll be a wonderful Snoggletog, all the dragons in the village to hear a distant roar; the villagers witness flocks of dragons flying high past Berk. One of the village dragons makes a similar roar, at which all of Berk's dragons also take off, to the shock and confusion of the Vikings. Hiccup and Toothless are just coming back from their ride, when they fly straight into the storm of oncoming dragons, knocking off Hiccup's helmet into the ocean. Although Toothless attempts to get the helmet back, Hiccup decides it's best to return home to figure out what is going on. (more...)
- British actor Albert Finney, who starred as Ebenezer Scrooge in the 1970 film Scrooge, died at the age 82 on February 7th.
- James Frawley, who directed such films as The Muppet Movie and On the 2nd Day of Christmas, died on January 22nd at the age of 82.
- Bradley Bolke, who voiced Chumley the Walrus in Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales and Jangle Bells in The Year Without a Santa Claus, died at the age of 93 on January 16th.
- Carol Channing, known for playing Muzzy Van Hossmere in the 1967 theatrical musical Throughly Modern Millie and voicing Mehitabel in the animated adaptation of Shinbone Alley, died at the age of 97 on January 15th. She played a Promenade Member in the 1958 TV movie The Christmas Tree.
- British actor William Morgan Sheppard, who voiced Santa Claus in the Prep & Landing specials and also played the character in the live-action film Farewell Mr. Kringle, died at the age of 86 on January 6th.
- Don Lusk, the last surviving animator from Disney's Golden Age, died at the age of 105 on December 30, 2018. Best known for his work on just about every Disney animated feature from Pinocchio to One Hundred and One Dalmatians, he also did animation for the most of the Peanuts specials in the 1970s and several Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including A Flintstone Christmas.
- Dr. Seuss' widow Audrey Geisel, who has overseen the legacy of her husband's creations for the past quarter-century (including serving as executive producer for the recent movie adaptation of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!), died at the age of 97 on December 19th.
- Laverne & Shirley star Penny Marshall, who also directed The Preacher's Wife, died at the age of 75 on December 17th.
- Stephen Hillenburg, creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, died from ALS at the age of 57 on November 26th.
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