Animated Film Reviews: How to Train Your Dragon 2 - Filming, Plus How to Train Your Dragon Live

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How to Train Your Dragon 2 - Filming, Plus How to Train Your Dragon Live

First Look at the Sequel to "How to Train Your Dragon"

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Above is the official logo for "How to Train Your Dragon 2."

Hiccup takes to the skies!
Without further ado, here is the first trailer for "How to Train Your Dragon 2":

Here is the synopsis of the film, as released by the studio:
The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite 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. 
Here is some concept art from the upcoming sequel:

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These concept art stills were released in May 2013.

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The characters are all about five years older.

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The animators have lots of colorful ideas.

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There will be scary beasts again.

How to Train Your Dragon 2: On its Way

Poster for "How to Train Your Dragon 2" 2014
This is the official poster for the coming film
DreamWorks currently has several projects running with the "How to Train Your Dragon" franchise: production of the sequel "How to Train Your Dragon 2"; the touring theater show "How to Train Your Dragon Live," complete with "How to Train Your Dragon" dragons; and the animated television show, "Dragon: Riders of Berk."

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Scary situations will abound.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

"How to Train Your Dragon 2" is currently filming. The cast and crew look similar to the first installment, with the entire voice cast returning: Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The second book in the 7-book series is about pirates, but it is unlikely they will change the formula that much in the sequel. The film departed a great deal from the novel anyway. The film is being written and directed by Dean DeBlois, and the score again will be by John Powell. It is scheduled for release on June 13, 2014 (4 July in the UK). Kit Harington of "Game of Thrones" is cast as the villain.

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There will be lots of flying in the sequel, as this wall painting shows!
had this to say in an interview:

"At the end of the last film, all these Vikings who were previously somewhat landlocked are now on the backs of dragons, so the entire Northern Hemisphere opens up to them. And with that Hiccup’s curiosity increases, the map expands and inevitably they are going to come across new dragons, new cultures."
Poster for Dragons: Riders of Berk 2012
This is the poster for the TV series.
Here is a preview of the plot, as released by the studio:

“Hiccup and Toothless lead hundreds of hero dragons in defense of Dragon Mountain, battling against Drago Bloodfist’s huge army of Dragon Hunters and their ruthless war machines. The mighty Bewilderbeast, Master of Dragon Mountain, rises to join Hiccup against Drago’s forces, but Drago has a secret weapon – his own enslaved Bewilderbeast arrives to turn the tide. Hiccup and Drago lead their massive armies in an epic showdown.”
It sounds like there will be a lot of action!

Dragon: Riders of Berk

DreamWorks also is making an animated spin-off TV series that airs on the Cartoon Network, which announced that it had acquired the rights on October 12, 2010. The title is "Dragons: Riders of Berk." There are seven episodes in the first season, and it already has been approved for a second season. Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and T.J. Miller all return for the series.

A dragon from How to Train Your Dragon Live 2012
"Monstrous Nightmare," a dragon from "How to Train Your Dragon Live."

How to Train Your Dragon Live

There also is a live show, called "How to Train Your Dragon Live," touring the country. It features animatronic dragons and human actors. The "How to Train Your Dragon" dragons are driven around the magnetized floor by hidden drivers. In fact, there are three or four puppeteers inside each dragon who manipulate the creature's wings and legs and so forth. There are lasers, sound effects, and villagers who scale walls, climb ropes, and break-dance. It's not a word-for-word recreation of the film, but a completely new adaptation of the film for the theater. The show is a collaboration between DreamWorks and an Australian outfit, Global Creatures, that has done "live" dinosaur shows before.


1 comment:

  1. i love animation films. This is one of my favorite.


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