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Exploding Egg by IncognitoMallard
Ever since the release of Gift of the Night Fury, some fans strongly believed that all dragon eggs explode when they hatch. However, the short film only shows Gronckle eggs explode, which would make sense for such a heavily built dragon. It was my belief that as far as anything released, Gronckle eggs are the only eggs which explode.

I had the opportunity to email none other than Tom Owens, the director of Gift of the Night Fury. So I asked him, do all dragon eggs explode?

The response I got, even surprised me a bit! Here is the direct quote from the man himself.

" In answer to the question of the dragons eggs exploding, when i was
developing the idea for the gift of the night fury special, it was
intended that all dragons eggs hatched in some incendiary way. Not all
would explode, but would be flammable or otherwise hazardous in some
way. As the story progressed we wound up seeing only one kind of egg
explode ( for various reasons, mainly we only had 22 minutes to tell
the story and it got filled up quick) so onscreen it's only gronckles
that do it...

It was also discussed that we might be painting ourselves into a
corner with the notion that all eggs are dangerous, because we may in
the future need to have one hatch in a normal cute way, so some of us
thought it should indeed only be the gronckles... So as of now, since
they are the only ones to have done it, it may stay that way.

But in fairness, the answer should be 'it's whatever works'. If we
come up with some fun idea that needs to have them blow up we would,
and vice-versa... It's not as though 'eggs' are going to be a main
feature of all the shows and movies, it may never come up again.

But i can tell you it's sometimes tough to keep track of every story
beat or character we internally develop vs. the tv show. They work on
that elsewhere and the characters and ideas don't always line up
perfectly so fans can get confused. The tv show has characters we
don't and we have several they don't. As i said before, 'it's what
works'. At any time in the development of a movie or show it might
become necessary to invent some new thing ( like toothless' new tail)
or some new character to make a story beat work. As i am sure you are
aware, the movie does not in any way resemble the book...

We just try to make stuff fun to watch. We don't sweat the details..."

I loved that he put so much work and thought into his response. I really enjoyed getting to read it, and I hope you all did too.
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ShariIsLikeWHOA Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! I just thought of another cool one, Scauldron eggs could dissolve! lol or melt or whatever :XD: the mama or daddy dragons could even use their ability to boil water to initiate it =D
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ShariIsLikeWHOA Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome post! Inside information is the best =] I love the idea of all eggs hatching uniquely, some more potently than others :XD: it would be funny if the Terrible Terrors were the most dangerous to hatch just because so far they are of the smallest! I never really gave it much thought but I assumed it was only the Gronckles since that's all we saw lol

It was awesome of Tom Owens to answer you, and to give such a lengthy and detailed response! Lucky duck! That was quite the opportunity, Gift of the Night Fury is my favorite of the shorts, I got it on Bluray as soon as it came out :XD:

Thanks so much for posting this! More like it =] oh and be sure and thank Tom Owens for all the HTTYD fans on DA :XD: you superstar you lol
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Super3dcow Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahahah, yeah that would be funny with the Terrible Terrors. Their eggs just leaving giant craters from hatching.

I wish I was a superstar! Getting to talk to the creators does make me feel like one though. In the end though, I'm just a fan like everyone else.
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megadracosaurus Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Student
Ya know? I always wondered if all Dragon eggs explode. I know Gronckle, Terror and Thunder Drum (Though I'm not zure if it counts as an explosion for Thunder Drum) explode When hatching, But I always wondered what happened with Other species.

Thanks for posting!
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ShariIsLikeWHOA Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow a Thunder Drum hatching would be epic! :iconsonicboomplz:
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megadracosaurus Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Student
One hatches in Book Of Dragons. Though you don't see it very well and its in traditional animation.
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IncognitoMallard Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

asdfghj Someone actually saw my gif? XD Did not expect that, lol

 

That's so cool that he gave such a detailed answer! And, in fact, I think it's cool that you came up with that question... I never actually thought too much about it before XD

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Super3dcow Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahah, and yeah, I just searched Gronckle Egg, and found it. Was the only good shot of the egg I saw.
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Super3dcow Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I heard about it a lot, because I animated a fan graphic novel of Dragon into some videos, and in one of the videos, a Night fury hatches normally, and people kept commenting like "this is wrong the egg didn't explode! All eggs explode when they hatch!!!!" And it started to get on my nerves, and nobody could prove it.
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LaDeary Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fascinating :D
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