Dreamworks Animation pleasantly surprised everyone when they released How to Train Your Dragon back in 2010. What could have been a generic kids movie about dragons turned out to be a moving portrait of friendship and acceptance that viewers of any age could enjoy. Four years later and we are a few months away from seeing the next chapter in the adventures of the young viking Hiccup and his dragon sidekick Toothless.
Returning voices include Jay Baruchel as Hiccup and Gerard Butler as his father Stoick, as well as Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig. Joining them this time is recent Academy Award winner and all-round goddess Cate Blanchett. The first film took a global total of around $500 million, so we can expect this sequel to easily and significantly surpass that amount if it turns out to be as good as the original.
Here’s the official synopsis:
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 favourite 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.
Check out the trailer here:
How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in Australian cinemas on June 19th 2014