How to Train Your Dragon 2
|How to Train Your Dragon 2|
|Based on||How to Train Your Dragon
by Cressida Cowell
|Music by||John Powell|
|Distributed by||20th Century Fox|
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an upcoming 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. 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, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig with the addition of Kit Harrington, Cate Blanchett and Djimon Hounsou. 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. 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." Hiccup then "discovers a larger conflict brewing between humans and dragons and he finds himself at the center of it".
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 declines and flies away from Berk to explore new lands. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new species of dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace when Drago Bludvist plans to raise an army of dragons to take over the world. 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.
- Jay Baruchel as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. The sophisticated and brilliant teenage son of the Viking chief. His best friend and dragon is Toothless, a Night Fury.
- Gerard Butler as Stoick the Vast, the chieftain of the Viking tribe and Hiccup's father.
- Craig Ferguson as Gobber the Belch, Stoick's closest friend and a seasoned Viking warrior.
- America Ferrera as Astrid Hofferson.
- Jonah Hill as Snotlout Jorgenson.
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs Ingerman.
- T. J. Miller and Kristen Wiig as Tuffnut and Ruffnut Thorston, fraternal twins.
- Kit Harington as Eret, a dragon trapper
- Cate Blanchett as Valka, a reclusive vigilante from the Arctic who claims to be Hiccup's mother
- Djimon Hounsou as Drago Bludvist, a dragon hunter
After the success of the first film, the sequel was announced on April 27, 2010. "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. The film was scheduled for release on June 20, 2014, but in August 2013 the release date was moved forward one week to June 13, 2014.
The film is being written, directed, and executive produced by Dean DeBlois, the co-writer/co-director of the first film. 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. 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 having the pivotal inspirations for the film. "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."
It was announced that the entire original voice cast – Baruchel, Butler, Ferguson, Ferrera, Hill, Mintz-Plasse, Miller and Wiig – would return for the sequel. On June 19, 2012, it was announced that Kit Harington, of Game of Thrones fame, was cast as the film's antagonist. 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.
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. The film will be also the studio's first film to use its new animation and lighting software through the entire production. Programs, named Premo 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."
Composer John Powell, who had earned an Academy Award nomination for the first score, will also return for the second and third film. Sigur Rós lead vocalist Jón Þór Birgisson will contribute three compositions to the soundtrack, including direct collaborations with Powell.
A sequel, the third film in the trilogy, titled How to Train Your Dragon 3, will be released on June 17, 2016. 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.
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