What’s New in ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’

With the release of the teaser trailer for ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’, excitement about the release of the movie in 2014 has been building up. There isn’t much that DreamWorks has revealed about this much-awaited sequel, but the little that we do know is very exciting! The talented team that worked on the blockbuster ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ is the same group working on the second movie, which in itself augurs well for the film. And of course we’ve got the return of Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid and the other beloved characters from the first film to look forward to. However, it isn’t what’s staying the same but what’s new in ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ that’s getting everyone so worked up.

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Storyline of ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’

One of the biggest worries of fans waiting for a sequel to a favourite movie is that the producers don’t have as good a storyline the second time around. In some cases, the team is so bent on recreating the magic of the first movie that they don’t move much further with the second one. However, Dean DeBlois, writer and director of ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ has revealed that he only agreed to work on the sequel because DreamWorks gave him permission to make it a trilogy. This was his way of ensuring that he was working on a story he cared about. So what is the movie about? Hiccup and Toothless accidentally discover a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of wild dragons and find themselves in the middle of a dangerous battle to preserve peace in the world. Intrigued? Read on.

‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ Has Moved On

As you can see, this movie is no longer about the Island of Berk. In fact, the story takes place five years after ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, with Hiccup and his friends in their late teens. Here are some of the ways in which the new movie is going to differ from its prequel.

New setting: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ is set in the uncharted lands beyond the Viking map.

A new Hiccup: Hiccup is no longer the clumsy, awkward kid from the first movie. He is still quite the inventor and his inventions have served him well – he has a prosthetic leg with a retractable foot, a leather flight suit that he uses quite impressively in the aforementioned teaser trailer and a leather mask with dragon-like spikes on the top of the head! We also heard of a cool “dragon blade” fire sword which makes dragons think he’s one of their kind and allows him to light protective fire circles.

New characters: Right, so this is where it gets really exciting. DreamWorks has revealed details of three new characters in ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ so far:

  1. Valka
    Voiced by Cate Blanchett, Valka is the mysterious Dragon Rider. She is a vigilante that has been saving dragons from traps for over a decade. She has amassed a giant colony of dragons over the years and is also something of a recluse, with very little human contact.
  2. Eret
    Voiced by Kit Harington, Eret is the (self-declared) greatest dragon hunter around. He is arrogant and dresses in the style of Lapland’s ancient Sami hunters. He traps dragons for the villain of the movie.
  3. Drago Bludvist
    Voiced by Djimon Hounsou, Drago Bludvist is a maniacal conqueror. He has been building a fire breathing army of dragons to help him in his mission to conquer the world!

New dragons: Oh yes, this movie really delivers! Dean DeBlois has revealed that there are some amazing “super cool” new dragons in ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’. Valka’s dragon is reportedly one to look out for. Stoick and Gobber have new dragons as well. Saving the best for the last – remember the queen dragon Red Death? There’s going to be a king dragon in ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’!

New technology: To top it all, ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ makes use of new animation and lighting software that allows for greater subtlety and more realistic effect in character animation.

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