As we all excitedly throng the theaters to catch a show of the latest release “How to Train Your Dragon 2”, how much do we really know about the movie? The hard work and conceptualization that have been put into the movie are well known to us, but there still remain a few secrets that haven’t been revealed yet! Let’s find out the 5 things we didn’t know about “How to Train Your Dragon 2”.
We are all well aware that Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois co-directed ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, while Dean DeBlois took over the sequel, you’ll be surprised to know that they were not the first choice of DreamWorks Animation. Peter Hastings was to take the director’s seat when the studio realized that his vision was shaping up to essentially attract kids, which was not the intention of the producers. The change in the decision proved to be a right move if we go by the movie’s statistics!
Most of DreamWorks Animation’s movies have featured adult protagonists so far. “How to Train Your Dragon” was one of the path breaking movies where the protagonist was a child character. Though he grows up to be an adult in “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and makes us fall in love with him once again, the adorable Tom Sawyer-ish Hiccup finds the regular to be boring and looks forward to exciting adventures!
Did you know the film’s animators were sent to a flight school to get trained in advanced simulation tactics to bring to us a movie that’s world class in its animation with characters who flew and moved realistically in the air? To add to that, the animators graduated with diplomas after the course! Roger Deakins, the living legend of cinematography, was roped in to be a special visual advisor for the film. This explains why almost all of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” was exclusively shot in candlelight!
When Dean DeBlois was signed to direct the film, he had a vision that he wanted to transform into reality. His aim was to portray a land that everybody wanted to visit but in reality it would be difficult to inhabit, much like Iceland. The producers relied heavily on his knowledge of Iceland to capture the film’s bright visual style. Production designer Kathy Alteri also took her team to the Pacific coast in search of locations with watery landforms, colorful hills, and vibrant forests that they could realize into animation.
If you ever thought Toothless resembles Stitch from Lilo & Stitch, you’re not the only one, and you’re certainly not wrong! The director duo of Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois drew inspiration from their previous directorial venture Lilo & Stitch to create Toothless! However, the biggest challenge was to come up with a suitable sound for Toothless. This explains why Toothless’ voice resembles a wide array of living beings – humans, tigers, cats, elephants, horses, etc!
And, now, if you haven’t watched the magnum opus yet, it’s time to head to the nearest 3D theater and embark on some cool dragon racing with Hiccup and Toothless.