TODAY | June 27, 2012
>>> the north american debut at dream works fiery show ""how to train your dragon."" six off following a successful tour of australia and new zealand . based on the popular animated film , it promises to be the most technically animated show of its kind. the director with us with some of the show's stars. nigel , good morning. good to see you.
>> you've got your hands full, we'll get right to this. what a massive undertaking, 23 dragons, cast and crew of 85. it takes 30 eighteen-wheelers to take this show on the road. what's it like to direct this thing?
>> generally pretty straightforward as long as these guys are well fed and have their breakfast. yeah, it's an amazing team. they are -- most mornings they are pretty well behaved .
>> talk to me about this guy next to you, this dragon. what technically or technologically is going on that can allow him to do that.
>> he's like a lunar space landing module. thousands of points and rams in him. he's operated remotely by a team of four people. he can fire out of his mouth, huge wings, great wing spans, about 20 ton. he has a little bit of a temper.
>> nigel , something tells me before you became a director, you were an actor. the story is based on a boy named hiccup and his dragon toothless. riley miner i think is there as well. i know you got the job, riley after a massive casting call . what's it like for you to be in the show opposite these creatures?
>> it's absolutely incredible. it's like having a pet dog 40 times the size and you can get on and fly. it's amazing. i love them.
>> you're going to get on this thing and fly in just a second. why don't you get prepared to do that. nigel , let me continue to talk to you for a second. talk to me about the wing span of one of these creatures.
>> the wing span is about 60 -- about 120 foot across, yes. so they are large. they are absolutely massive. they go from this kind of spectacular creatures to grump y, slightly overweight characters. this is a splendid, lovely guy, a bit of a wind problem as you can see. we go through 2,000 of these just for his breakfast. there we government he has his own special way of getting through the packaging here.
>> that's great. thank you for that on morning television. nice.
>> i think riley is probably ready to show you flying now.
>> take a look at the flight. go ahead. only a few seconds left. riley, take off.
>> okay, guys. here i go. come on, buddy. here is goes. bye, guys.
>> riley, that is fantastic. again, the show debuts in pennsylvania. it starts a u.s. tour. riley, thank you. nigel , thank you. i'm taking my kids to see this. we're back right after these messages.
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