Advance USO Screening: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Monday, June 09, 2014
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J.—In celebration of
summer and the upcoming release of their new animated film, actor Jay Baruchel,
actress and USO tour veteran America Ferrera and writer/director Dean DeBlois treated
more than 450 troops and military families to an advance screening of DreamWorks
Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2” here on June 4.
The event kicked off with an advance viewing of the film – a
sequel to the summer 2010 smash hit – followed by a private question-and-answer
session with Baruchel, Ferrera and DeBlois.
“There’s no way to say ‘thank you’ properly, I suppose, and
this [tour] is the closest we can come to doing that and we should leap at the
chance,” said Baruchel. “This is the only part of our tour that really means
something to any of us personally.”
While this was the first USO experience for Baruchel and
DeBlois, it was the second for Ferrera, who traveled to Iraq and Qatar in 2010
and visited with more than 1,300 troops at nine forward operating bases, combat
outposts and military camps.
“When I heard we had the chance to come to a base and share
this film, it felt like such a wonderful gift to us to be able to bring a
happy, heartwarming and exciting film to the families because this film really
does bring families together,” said Ferrera. “It’s fun. It’s adventurous, but
there are a lot of deep and emotional currents running through the film and so
it’s a wonderful film to bring military families together and hopefully spark
“Anyone working for the military it is a life of sacrifice
and honor and duty, and it’s definitely something we’d like to honor,” said
DeBlois. “At the time we were making this film, there were a lot of troops
returning home from combat in the Middle East having sustained life-changing injuries
and that’s so heroic. We were trying to communicate in our film that sacrifice
entails some loss and there’s great heroism behind that,” he said.
Check out some photos from the event in this Flickr set, and watch this short film to get a deeper look inside DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which will arrive in theaters June 13.
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