My children and I saw How to Train Your Dragon 2 last weekend. My kids and I loved it. The movie is just as good as the first film. The story is interesting, though it did dragged a little at times. The animation was wonderful and the scenery was outstanding. The film mixed humor with action and cuteness in the form of baby dragons. This is one of those movies that should appeal to both kids and their parents. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox) will take off in theaters this Friday. Continue reading to learn seven things about the film.
Seven Things About How to Train Your Dragon 2
It’s 5 years later
How to Train Your Dragon 2 takes place five years after the first movie. In the first movie, a young Viking named Hiccup learned how to ride a dragon and then trained other kids to ride dragons too. In the sequel, everyone in Berk (a Viking island) now knows how to ride a dragon. The new adventure begins when Hiccup stumbles across a group of dragon trappers. They are raising a dragon army for the evil Drago Bludvist. According to Hiccup’s dad, Drago intends to conquer them and they must prepare for war.
Dragons are like wolves
In How to Train Your Dragon 2, we learn that there is an alpha king dragon that can control all dragons. The king dragon is like an alpha wolf, and everyone in the pack has to obey the alpha. Resistance is futile. Everything is fine with the dragons until Drago Bludvist’s alpha takes control over all the other dragons — even Hiccup’s dragon, Toothless.
Vikings know how to play Quidditch
The story begins and ends with a Quidditch match. The game isn’t actually Quidditch, but it reminds me of the Harry Potter game. In this version, the kids ride dragons instead of broomsticks. And instead of Quaffle balls, the riders throw sheep into a barrel. There’s also a Golden Snitch, which is really a black sheep in the dragon rider version.
Hiccup’s mommy is still alive
If you’ve seen the trailers, you know Hiccup meets his mom in this movie. She supposely died when Hiccup was a baby, but she has actually been living on an island full of dragons. She feels at home with the dragons and has been helping dragons escape from Drago Bludvist.
Another sequel is coming
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the second of a trilogy. The third animated film is expected to be release in 2016.
Cate Blanchett joins the cast
I thought all the voices in How to Train Your Dragon 2 were excellent. Voices that stood out for me were Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), Cate Blanchett (Valka), and America Ferrera (Astrid). Other voices included Gerard Butler (Stoick), Craig Ferguson (Gobber), Jonah Hill (Snotlout), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fishlegs), T.J. Miller (Tuffnut), Kristen Wiig (Ruffnut), Djimon Hounsou (Drago), Kit Harington (Eret), Kieron Elliott (Hoark the Haggard), Philip McGrade (Starkard), Andrew Ableson (Ug), and Gideon Emery (Teeny). How to Train Your Dragon 2 was directed by Dean DeBlois.
The animated movie is rated PG
The 102-minute is rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor. A few of the fighting scenes might be a little tense for very young children, but otherwise How to Train Your Dragon 2 is fine for people of all ages.