How to Train Your Dragon 2 is (surprise) the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon. It is a Dreamworks Animation film. It is the second in a trilogy with the original coming out in 2010, and the third expected to be released in June of 2016. It is based off of a book series with the same name by Cressida Cowell. The main character is a boy named Hiccup and his nightfury dragon named Toothless who is from a Viking culture. This film is 5 years from the original film with the characters now as young adults. It is quite a site to see Vikings as dragon riders. At the end of the original film Hiccup helped his Viking village of Berk make peace with dragons.
The voice casts includes the talent of:
Jay Baruchel as Hiccup (Are You Afraid of the Dark, She's Out of My League, Robocop, Tropic Thunder)
Cate Blanchett as Valka (Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Lord of the Rings, Blue Jasmine, Robin Hood)
Gerard Butler as Stoic (300, Olympus Has Fallen, PS I Love You, Phantom of the Opera, Gamer, Law Abiding Citizen)
Craig Ferguson as Gobber (Brave, Winne the Pooh, Drew Carey Show, The Late Late Show)
America Ferrera As Astrid (Ugly Betty, End of Watch, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Our Family Wedding)
Jonah Hill as Snotlout (21 Jump Street, Superbad, Wolf of Wallstreet, This is the End, Get Him to the Greek)
Christoper Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs (Superbad, Kickass, Role Models, Neighbors, This is the End, Year One)
Kristen Wiig as Ruffnut (Bridesmaids, Despicable Me 2, SNL, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Friends with Kids, Paul)
Djimon Hounsou as Drago (Gladiator, Blood Diamond, Amistad, Constantine, The Island, Push, Eragon, Beauty Shop)
The sequel was written, directed and executive produced by the same man as the original: Dean Deblois (Lilo & Stitch). he agreed to come back on the condition that it would be a trilogy. The entire original voice cast returned for the sequel. This film was focused on Norway as the primary location. Overall the film has received positive critical acclaim, but is thus far unimpressed with it's overall monetary gross of $75 million to date with it currently behind 22 Jump Street in North American sales.
I thought that this was a really great movie with a high re-watachability rate. It made me laugh, it made me cry, I did wish for someone else to have voiced Hiccup, but otherwise the picture quality was great and the storyline was great as well with many learning points. The characters were lovable and seeing the vast amount of different dragons that appear as butterflies was amazing. I also enjoyed some of the dog aspects adopted in the mannerisms of the dragons. I love the idea of this story and I think the delivery was good. I give the film 4.5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it, especially if your child is about 6 or 7 or older.
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