It seems that Dreamworks is taking another stab at the theatre circuit (I say “another” because there was apparently a Shrek musical a couple years back) with a stage production of How To Train your Dragon, which will supposedly open next March in Australia. As part of some (super) early promotion, the local press got a sneak preview of one of the huge puppet dragons that will be used in the play:
That scary muppet is pretty neat. It’s realized by way of a technique used in the Walking With Dinosaurs- The Live Experience stage show (plug that title into the YouTube search engine and you’ll see what I’m talking about) which, with proper lighting and smoke effects to hide the support stand, can make the creature look eerily real at times.
I’m curious though, if the story will be a direct adaptation of the animated film- given that the movie version was about flying dragons and flying on dragons, would the stage version even attempt such a thing? Let’s not forget that the Spider Man musical repeatedly demonstrated what can happen when you mix theatre and complex wire-work stunts...