How to Train Your Dragon 2

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How to Train Your Dragon 2
How to Train Your Dragon 2 poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Dean DeBlois
Based onHow to Train Your Dragon 
by Cressida Cowell
Starring
Music byJohn Powell
StudioDreamWorks Animation
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • June 13, 2014 (2014-06-13)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
 
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How to Train Your Dragon 2
How to Train Your Dragon 2 poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by
  • Dean DeBlois
Based onHow to Train Your Dragon 
by Cressida Cowell
Starring
Music byJohn Powell
StudioDreamWorks Animation
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release dates
  • June 13, 2014 (2014-06-13)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an upcoming 2014 American 3D computer-animated action fantasy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox, loosely based on the book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. It is the sequel to the 2010 computer-animated film How to Train Your Dragon and the second in the trilogy.[1] The film is being written and directed by Dean DeBlois. It stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The film is scheduled to be released on June 13, 2014.

The film will take place five years after the first film, featuring Hiccup and his friends in their late teens.[1] DeBlois revealed in an interview about the story: "At the end of 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."[2] Hiccup then "discovers a larger conflict brewing between humans and dragons and he finds himself at the center of it".[1]

Plot[edit]

It has 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 favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. At the beginning, Hiccup is pressured by Stoick to start a family and become chief, but Hiccup rebels by flying away from Berk and exploring new lands.[3] 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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

After the success of the first film, the sequel was announced on April 27, 2010.[10][11] "How to Train Your Dragon ... has become DreamWorks Animation's next franchise. We plan to release the sequel theatrically in 2013," said Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation's CEO.[11] The film was scheduled for release on June 20, 2014,[12] but in August 2013 the release date was moved forward one week to June 13, 2014.[13]

The film is being written, directed, and executive produced by Dean DeBlois, the co-writer/co-director of the first film.[12] Bonnie Arnold, the producer of the first film, is also returning, with Chris Sanders, who co-directed and co-wrote the first film, acting only as an additional executive producer this time due to his involvement with The Croods.[14] When offered the sequel, DeBlois accepted it on condition he can turn it into a trilogy. For the sequel, he intends to revisit the films of his youth, with The Empire Strikes Back and My Neighbor Totoro[15] having the pivotal inspirations for the film.[16] "What I loved especially about Empire is that it expanded Star Wars in every direction: emotionally, its scope, characters, fun. It felt like an embellishment and that's the goal."[17]

It was announced that the entire original voice cast – Baruchel, Butler, Ferguson, Ferrera, Hill, Mintz-Plasse, Miller and Wiig – would return for the sequel.[18] On June 19, 2012, it was announced that Kit Harington, of Game of Thrones fame, was cast as the film's antagonist.[4] At the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International, it was announced that Cate Blanchett and Djimon Hounsou have joined the cast, lending their voices to Valka and Drago Bludvist, respectively.[19]

Animation[edit]

In the years before the film's release, DreamWorks Animation had substantially over-hauled its production workflow and animation software. How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be the first DreamWorks Animation film that will utilize "scalable multi-core processing," developed together with Hewlett-Packard. Called by Katzenberg as "the next revolution in filmmaking," it will enable artists for the first time to work on rich complex images in real time, instead of waiting eight hours to see the results next day.[20] The film will be also the first studio's film to use its new animation and lighting software through the entire production. Programs, named Premo[21] and Torch, will allow much more subtlety, improving facial animation and enabling "the sense of fat, jiggle, loose skin, the sensation of skin moving over muscle instead of masses moving together."[1]

Music[edit]

Composer John Powell, who had earned an Academy Award nomination for the first score, will also return for the second and third film.[22] Sigur Rós lead vocalist Jón Þór Birgisson will contribute three compositions to the soundtrack, including direct collaborations with Powell.[19]

Sequel[edit]

A sequel, the third film in the trilogy,[1] titled How to Train Your Dragon 3, will be released on June 17, 2016.[23] Dean DeBlois, the co-director of the first and director of the second film, will return, along with producer Bonnie Arnold, and all the main cast.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Hopewell, John (June 12, 2013). "DeBlois, Arnold Talk Up DWA’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’". Variety. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ Nasrulla, Amber (February 24, 2011). "Toothless in How To Tame Your Dragon based on a tabby cat". Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ Hill, Jim (October 4, 2013). "DreamWorks Animation screens 'Dragon 2' and 'Mr. Peabody & Sherman' footage for NATO members in Washington DC". Jim Hill Media. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Sneider, Jeff (June 19, 2012). "Harington joining 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'". Variety. Retrieved June 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Connelly, Brendon (July 18, 2013). "Cate Blanchett Joining How To Train Your Dragon 2 As Valka The Vigilante, Kit Harrington And Djimon Honsou In Too". BleedingCool.com. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ Truitt, Brian (December 15, 2013). "Blanchett lends 'fiery strength' to 'Dragons' sequel". USA Today. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ Amidi, Amid (December 19, 2013). "“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ Trailer Is Released". Cartoon Brew. Retrieved December 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ Rawden, Mack (July 18, 2013). "Dreamworks Animation 2013 Comic Con Panel Live Blog". CinemaBlend.com. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Drago Bludvist". Trademarkia. Retrieved July 18, 2013. 
  10. ^ Bond, Paul (2010-04-27). "Train Your Dragon’ sequel in the works". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 26, 2011. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  11. ^ a b "DreamWorks Animation Reports First Quarter 2010 Financial Results". DreamWorks Animation. April 27, 2010. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "DreamWorks Animation Announces Feature Film Release Slate Through 2014" (Press release). DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2011-03-08. 
  13. ^ Trumbore, Dave. "Disney Updates Upcoming Movie Release Schedule; DreamWorks Animation’s HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 Now Opens One Week Earlier [Updated]". Collider.com. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  14. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (February 7, 2011). "Details of 'How to Train Your Dragon' Sequel Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 8, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  15. ^ http://variety.com/2013/film/news/deblois-arnold-talk-up-dwas-how-to-train-your-dragon-2-1200495206/
  16. ^ Desowitz, Bill (July 19, 2013). "Immersed in Movies: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Wows Comic-Con". Animation Scoop. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  17. ^ Desowitz, Bill (July 27, 2013). "Immersed in Movies: DeBlois & Struzan Talk Postering 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'". Animation Scoop. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  18. ^ "More How to Train Your Dragon Sequel Details". ComingSoon.net. October 11, 2010. Retrieved October 11, 2010. 
  19. ^ a b Lincoln, Ross (July 18, 2013). "Comic-Con: Cate Blanchett, Djimon Hounsou And ‘Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harington Join ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′". Deadline. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  20. ^ Paredes, Divina (June 25, 2013). "Dreamworks' revolutionary road". CIO New Zealand. Retrieved October 31, 2013. 
  21. ^ Watt, Martin. "Parallel evaluation of character rigs using TBB". Multithreading and VFX. p. 2. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  22. ^ V., Erin (April 2, 2012). "Interview: Dean DeBlois, director of ‘How To Train Your Dragon’". One Movie, Five Reviews. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Upcoming Releases". DreamWorks Animation. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  24. ^ DreamWorks Animation (September 9, 2012). "New Distributor Twentieth Century Fox Unveils DreamWorks Animation's Release Slate Through 2016". DreamWorks Animation. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 

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