An interesting detail in the “How to Train Your Dragon” series has been revealed by the movie’s writer.
In an interview with FOX411, writer and director Dean DeBlois said that Gobber the Belch—the mentor of main character Hiccup—is gay.
It also wasn’t his idea. DeBlois explained, “It wasn’t that deliberate. It was an ad-lib that [Gobber’s voice actor] Craig Ferguson added. I’d written the line ‘This is why I never married.’” Ferguson then tagged on, “That, and one other reason.”
Remembering, DuBois laughed, “And we all started chuckling and said that’s right, Gobber’s coming out in this movie.”
He added, “I just love that about Craig. He’s always got just a little extra something for you. I think it’s nice. It’s progressive, it’s honest, and it feels good, so we wanted to keep it.
“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?” he asked.
The line will be added to the official script for the third movie, which DuBois said he has just begun the outline for.
Though some people would argue that an LGBT character is too “mature” for a children’s movie, DuBois said he has no problem with the idea in either sense: “It’s my personal crusade, I want to break down the stigma that animation is just for kids. 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.”
Voice actor Jay Baruchel, who plays Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III himself, 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 kids’ movie is, like, necessarily what you should be doing, but listen, if somebody catches it, then good for them.”
“How To Train Your Dragon 2” opens on June 13.