How to Train Your Dragon 2 is coming to theaters on June 13, 2014. This is the long awaiting sequel to the 2010 DreamWorks animation film, and fans are excited to see Hiccup and his trusted dragon steed back in action. The second film introduces several new dragon species, as well as a mysterious new dragon rider. Together the team fights to keep peace in their Viking fantasy world.
In the first How to Train Your Dragon, viewers are immersed into a mythical world filled with Vikings, and of course colorful and magical dragons. In the beginning of the film it was the Viking’s goal to hunt and kill dragons, deeming them a threat. It was not until Hiccups discovers and studies a wounded dragon that he learns that dragons are not the malicious creatures they were once thought to be. After creating a device that repaired the dragon’s wounded tail, Hiccups trains and eventually rides the dragon, naming him Toothless and growing very attached. After considerable efforts he convinces his friends and family that dragons can be trained, and together the defeat a giant king dragon. How to Train Your Dragon was nominated for two Oscars, and won a number of other awards for achievement in animation.
The June 13, 2014, release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 takes place several years after the first film, and the Viking society is now fully interrogated with dragon. The live together, relying on each other to live a peaceful existence. Upon discovering a group of dragon hunters, Hiccup learns of a warrior named Drago. The ruthless fighter controls a large and seemly invincible dragon army, which is headed right towards the Viking village with destruction in mind. It is up to Hiccup and his friends to stop Drago, and attempt to convince him that dragons and humans can exist together peacefully.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is based off of the popular children’s book series created by Cressida Cowell. The first book was published in 2003 under Hodder Children’s Books. Cowell has produced 11 full novels following the adventure of Hiccup, and all are titled in an instructional manner. As Hiccup matures he discovers new abilities, learns new skills, and dives deeper into the little known world of dragons. Cowell’s latest book, How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero, was published in 2013.
Dean DeBlois of Lilo & Stitch (2002), and Mulan (1998), returns to direct the DreamWorks sequel. The Canadian director also wrote the screenplay for each film, and has announced that How to Train Your Dragon 3 will be produced in 2016. Jay Baruchel of Million Dollar Baby (2004), and This Is The End (2013) has returned to voice the hero Viking Hiccup. Other voice actors in the movie are Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, and Jonah Hill.
Fans are excited to see the dragon riding group team up to save their Viking village once more. After facing one giant dragon, it will be no easy feat controlling a whole army of them. Hiccup and his friends return to the big screen in How to Train Your Dragon 2 on July 13, 2014.
By Morgan Louchen