This summer we return to the world of How to Train Your Dragon, where vikings and dragons have put aside their differences and now live together; a big step considering the two used to be mortal enemies. And unlike, say, Daenerys’ dragons in Game of Thrones or Smaug from The Hobbit trilogy, Toothless and his fellow beasties are the only dragons tame enough to even consider bringing home. In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Hiccup and Toothless take to the skies, exploring and mapping out the surrounding areas, while Astrid, Snoutlout, and the rest of the gang participate in Berk’s newest craze: dragon racing. The above clip shows off a bit of the action (teased in the latest trailer), where teams compete by collecting the most sheep in their baskets. Think of it like Quidditch, but instead of riding brooms and trying to throw quaffles through hoops or catch the golden snitch, you’re on a dragon grabbing (surprisingly calm) sheep out of the air.
This clip isn’t only entertaining, but it features much of what made the first How to Train Your Dragon so charming: its sense of humor, bright colors, clever designs, and the amazing animation of those dragons soaring through the skies. The added bonus of a sport where dragons take part only makes everything more fun, especially if you’re considering checking this one out in 3D. We also have a new batch of stills that once again highlight the film’s beautiful colors and designs. Not only do we see more of the dragons and their riders (who’ve actually been aged for this film, an interesting but welcome choice for an animated film), but we’re also given a good look at How to Train Your Dragon 2‘s mysterious Dragon Rider:
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Hiccup and Toothless discover Valka and soon learn she too has an understanding and compassion for dragons. The second trailer revealed she has an even deeper connection to Hiccup, one you can probably guess just by looking at a few of those above images.
She’s voiced by Cate Blanchet, whom the character was written expressly for, and is like the Dian Fossey or Jane Goodall of dragons: living among them, learning their ways, and how to communicate with them. It’s a life that’s made her untrustworthy of humans and, in contrast with Hiccup, of the belief that dragons and humans can never live together peacefully (at least not in the long term).
How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in U.S. theaters on June 13th, 2014.