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Published On: Sun, May 18th, 2014

‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ will have gay character ‘come out’

It wasn’t disney, but the first gay character in a children’s film arrives this summer. ParaNorman featured a gay character, but the much larger scale How to Train Your Dragon 2 will indeed have a character “come out.”

Gobber-How-To-Train-Your-Dragon 2 photoDean DeBlois, tells E! that Gobber the Belch, Berk tribal chief Stoick the Vast‘s second in command, comes out in the animated sequel.

Speaking in Cannes, DeBlois says that Gobber was watching a husband and wife fight in the movie, and the line for Craig Ferguson to read was “This is why I never got married,” but Craig ad libbed on the end with “Yup, Gobber is coming out of the closet!”

DeBlois says that he loved it. “I think that’s a really fun [and] daring move to put in. I love the idea that Gobber is Berk’s resident gay.”

“It does make for an interesting revelation because now, what does that mean, do we shed a little more light on Gobber’s love life?” DeBlois asked.

Featuring more adult themes is nothing new for his Dragon series, DuBois says.

“It’s my personal crusade, I want to break down the stigma that animation is just for kids,” he said. “I love The Empire Strikes Back as much today as I did when I was a kid. My ambition is to try to create a story that has that kind of reach, that stays with you whether you’re an adult or a kid. In doing so we try to incorporate elements of the story that will speak to the youngest audience members while we’re trying to speak to the adults in the audience as well.”

Star Jay Baruchel spoke after the screening saying he got the reference.

“Yeah I did. There’s a little – I think it’s open to interpretation,” he told FOX411. “Preaching tolerance in any respect is never a bad thing. I don’t know if drawing a massive amount of attention in the middle of a kid’s movie is, like, necessarily what you should be doing, but listen, if somebody catches it, then good for them.”

More from DeBlois HERE

How To Train Your Dragon 2 opens in theaters June 13, 2014

Full Synopsis of film:

It’s been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons.

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  1. Nichol Hoosier says:

    It does not matter for Train your Dragon 2. It will do well IMO

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