Release Date: June 13 (in theaters and 3D)
Directed by Dean DeBlois
Starring Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill
After How to Train Your Dragon hit theaters in 2010, everyone wanted a pet dragon of their own. That’s why it’s no surprise that the characters are returning to the screen for a sequel. In the first film, the awkward young Viking named Hiccup showed his village there’s more to dragons than meets the eye. In the sequel, the story picks resumes five years later on the island of Berk, where Vikings and dragons are living happily together thanks to Hiccup’s work. While Astrid, Snotlout, and the rest of the young Viking gang are busy playing dragon races, Hiccup and his trusted dragon, Toothless, are exploring new worlds. On one of their adventures, they discover a secret ice cave and Hiccup learns there’s an outsider who wants to steal his island’s dragons. But he won’t let it happen without a fight.
Actor Jay Baruchel says it’s been a thrill to voice the brave Viking, but he wouldn’t mind trading places with his fire-breathing screen friends. “If I could be a dragon for a day, I would use my fire to barbeque some hamburgers,” he says. “And I might have a little fun scaring a few bullies.” Baruchel says the dragons, and the story, are even more exiting in the 3D sequel. “Everything that you liked about the first movie is better this time,” Baruchel told TFK. “The action scenes are better, it’s funnier, and it’s way more epic.”
Did You Know?
How To Train Your Dragon 2 uses new software developed by Dreamworks that lets skin move more realistically and facial movements be subtler.
When offered the Dreamworks sequel, director Dean DeBlois accepted it on condition he could turn the story into a trilogy.
Jay Baruchel, who voices Hiccup, says he has a black cat that looks like Toothless. “I'll say dragons train way easier than cats do,” Baruchel told TFK.