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Holy Crap, Drew Struzan Did 3 Incredible Posters for the How To Train Your Dragon Trilogy

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, imagined in part by Drew Struzan.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, imagined in part by Drew Struzan.
Image: Fandango/Drew Struzan

A franchise has to be pretty damn special to have a trilogy of Drew Struzan posters. There’s Star Wars (twice), Back to the Future, Indiana Jones, and maybe one or two others (such as Police Academy, if you can believe it). That’s quite the list—and now, you can add How to Train Your Dragon to it.

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Though Struzan is mostly retired these days (with the odd one-off poster here and there), Fandango has debuted three new images he did for How to Train Your Dragon, one for each film in the series. Now, these aren’t official one sheets, nor do they even look like posters, more like just amazing paintings. But crop out the black outlines, slap a logo on it, and well, you get the idea.

How to Train Your Dragon by Drew Struzan
How to Train Your Dragon by Drew Struzan
Image: Drew Struzan/Fandango
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 by Drew Struzan
How to Train Your Dragon 2 by Drew Struzan
Image: Fandango/Drew Struzan
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World by Drew Struzan
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World by Drew Struzan
Image: Fandango/Drew Struzan

Struzan also did a How to Train Your Dragon 2 poster as an exclusive Comic-Con giveaway back in the day—apparently, he’s a fan.

These artworks, though, are tied to the fact Fandango is doing early screenings of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on February 2, almost three weeks before it opens in theaters. Which is nice, considering it’s a film fans have been waiting on for five years. I know I’m eager to see how it all ends up, and if it’s a trilogy Drew Struzan felt was worth his time, it seems highly likely it was worth the wait.

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How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World opens February 22.


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I love Struzan’s work. It’s all done in a style that apparently ONLY very established, old guys use anymore, with washes of watercolor, gouache, and acrylic, and details in colored pencil.

With enough layers, you get this amazing, soft focus sort of realism. And it allows you to use all the techniques inherent in each medium. There was Struzan, C. F. Payne, Richard Amsel, Carter Goodrich, and a few others who worked like that.

Unfortunately, it’s not in style anymore, but I hope painted movie posters make a comeback soon.  Painting, you can fix a lot of the details that make Photoshopped posters look like shitty collages.