‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ Details Emerge [Updated]

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How To Train Your Dragon 2 How To Train Your Dragon 2 Details Emerge [Updated]

Update: Along with a sequel, DreamWorks is now planning a spin-off Cartoon Network animated series for How To Train Your Dragon. See bottom of post for details.

Back in April,  DreamWorks Animation announced that it was moving ahead with a sequel to How To Train Your Dragon, an absolute no-brainer when you look at the almost $500 million it made at the worldwide box office.

At the time of the announcement, we didn’t really have any details other than “we’re making it” and that it would come out sometime in 2013. However, the studio has today officially announced the first details about How To Train Your Dragon 2 (as its being referred to until we hear of another title), including which voice actors will be making a return.

Unsurprisingly, most of the voice cast from the first How To Train Your Dragon will be returning for the sequel, including Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller and Kristen Wiig.

The keen-eyed among you will likely have noticed the absence of Gerard Butler’s name – it’s not exactly clear if that omission is on purpose or not. If it IS on purpose then I’d have to say I’m disappointed, as his voice really suited the character of Hiccup’s father. If this were a less significant project then I might understand Butler not returning, as he’s busy with other projects, but then again, this is a sequel to one of the most popular and successful animated films of the last couple of years.

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Gerard Butler next to his animated 'Dragon' counterpart "Stoick"

Dean DeBlois, co-writer and co-director of the first Dragon film, will return for the sequel but will take on sole writing and directing duties this time around. Co-writer and co-director of the first film, Chris Sanders, will serve as exec producer alongside returning producer Bonnie Arnold.

Many of us will be wondering what sort of story this sequel could possibly have, with the first one serving as a solid standalone yarn (the vikings and dragons eventually becoming friends). Unfortunately, these new details don’t include a plot outline but there is enthusiastic talk from DeBlois about, “carrying this story forward, into the unknown reaches of Hiccup and Toothless’ ever-expanding world.”

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Perhaps the plot could involve some new band of dragons who are coming to destroy the peaceful existence of the vikings and dragons we know, and Hiccup once again having to try and save the day with the help of his trusty dragon. That seems like a good way to move forward with the story, in my opinion.

However, the most important thing is not necessarily the story itself but that they push things forward in a fresh direction without compromising quality (I, for one, don’t want to see just a rehash of the first film’s plot). Shockingly (sarcasm alert!) the sequel will be in 3D again but this is one of few cases where I’m not worried, as the first film utilized the in-vogue technology almost perfectly.

I’m sure DreamWorks is hoping for How To Train Your Dragon to be their next big franchise, in the same vein as Shrek and that’s exactly what it will likely become. We can only hope – if they make as many of these as they did Shrek movies – that they keep the quality high all the way through and don’t drop the ball by the third film.

Update: Not long after the first details emerged of the How To Train Your Dragon sequel, Deadline is now reporting the news that DreamWorks has signed a deal with Cartoon Network to make an animated series based on the movie(s).

There’s currently no details available about what the plot will be or how exactly the series will relate to the movies (never mind wondering about a story for another film – how can they string it along week-on-week? ). However, we do know the show will air sometime in 2012 in preparation for the release of the second film.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 will hit theaters sometime in either 2012 or 2013.

Source: DreamWorks Animation and Deadline

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  1. Very interesting. The first one was great! I hope thats not the title for part 2 though….

  2. Well, there is a series of books, perhaps they’ll tackle another one of them. I can only see it being good if they include Hiccup and Toothless though.

    • True. At least with this they have source material to build each film off instead of just random fairy-tales and pop-culture gags as they had with Shrek.

    • Yup, at least they have something to base sequels on.


    • OMG Has everyone really forgoten the books so bad that they dont even know the books exist? this is getting bloody riduclos!

      • Random Person

        Okay, you need to chill out a bit, you’ve made 3 comments saying almost the exact same thing in the space of about 10 minutes. I know the books exist, I said so in the comment you were replying to.

        That said, it is not vital for you to keep reminding us of the books existance. Yes, they exist, but that doesn’t mean we’re not allowed to speculate on what may or may not come in the future films, be they based on the books or not.

      • I know,they must not even know they exist.it could be alvin the treacherous as u know since u read the books.

      • I figured out that the books existed after I watched the movie. I am now trying to get my grandma to buy me a copy and bring it when they come to visit us. I don’t live near any bookstores or huge libraries…at all.

  3. Well if they follow the order of the books, it would be How to Train Your Dragon 2: How to Be a Pirate.

    Plot via Amazon “How to Train Your Dragon (Little, Brown, 2004) continues the adventures of the son of Stoick the Vast and future leader of the Hairy Hooligan Viking tribe. Although the skinny, freckled Hiccup has more brains than the rest of the Hairy Hooligans put together, he has a hard time garnering respect from anyone, least of all his arch-rival, Snotlout. It doesn’t help that Hiccup’s dragon, Toothless, is predisposed to hypochondria and cowardice. During a pirate-training session, they meet up with charming “Alvin the Poor-But-Honest-Farmer,” who is keen to help them discover the legendary treasure of Grimbeard the Ghastly….”

    This would seem to make some sense as to why Butler isn’t in it. You could still bring him on in other movies (there are 5 books so far), but if he is setting out on a voyage, then you can have his dad stay back to lead the village.

    • There are 11 books it looks like, but How to Train Your Dragon was #2, but that was only a picture book so maybe thats why they started with 2. So there are 8 plots to choose from

      • Eleven? Five? there are only 8 books in the series! she is still writting but they cant just choose from any of the books because they all go in a pesific order and cressilda cowell is still writting them. Everyone loves the film but nobody seems to care about how to train your dragons origonal heritage!

    • The books sound ok, but I REALLY hope they make their own EPIC twist like the first one. For example, Toothless, in the book was a small garden dragon, a terrible terror if you will. BUT IN THE MOVIE, TOOTHLESS IS THE EPIC STEALTH DRAGON THAT IS FEARED EVERYWHERE. THE UNHOLY OFFSPRING OF LIGHTING AND DEATH ITSELF! I think adding this factor to the plot really uped the total quality of the plot. You got connected more and also really got to see the tottaly diffrent 2 sides in the film: the vikings, and the dragons. This is the one time that the movie was better than the book.


      • Oh my good how can you say that! ever since the film came out everyone has just forgoten the books and are obsessed with the film when theres so much more to the book characters (e.g toothless) than people think. Just remeber were how to train your dragon REALLY started.

        • Because the books are for little kids, the movie was for an audience that is older than 3. The book would have made a horrible movie, but the actual movies was awesome.

      • Yeah, and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I think that was better than the book. Even though I feel like C.S. Lewis would roll over in his grave to hear someone say that. I know I would. XD

  4. I will miss Gerard Butler in the film also his voice work was exceptional. I’m guessing the reason he hasn’t been cast is not because he is too busy to do the film, I think it is because they don’t need to revisit the father/son relationship in the sequel. I did notice that they did not make an action figure for Stoick when the film was released so maybe that should have told us something about the longevity of his character in future films. LOL

  5. A cartoon? Yay! lol

    • I know, right?!

      • Hope it’s done well. Just saying.

  6. The first one was awesome can’t wait to see where the sequel go’s ^_^

  7. meh.

    • WTF???

  8. As I understand it, the film had very little relation to the books, so I’m not sure how much sequel material they’ll be able to glean from the existing stories.

    • The first movie had nearly nothing to do with the book, it was like they just made another story and used the same names for characters. This wasn’t a bad thing; I consider this one of the few cases where the movie is way better than the book.
      I think the next book could probably be turned into a movie with slightly fewer changes. The name “How to be a Pirate” though is confusing because only the first chapter of the book related to training to be anything. Maybe it was just a stretch to keep the names in the same format.

  9. There is no conirmation that Butler isnt in it.
    Lets wait and see.

    • I never said he was confirmed not to be in it but his name is consciously absent from the list given of who’s returning. We’ll be sure to keep the post updated as to whether or not he’s returning.

      • im pretty sure that butler WILL be in the movie, what i know for certain is that his role wont really be any bigger than that of those random generic vikings that greeted him on his arrival back from trying to find the dragons nest (lucky he never did find it though ).
        if anything his part will be the equivilent of a namelss extra, and as a matter of fact, his part on httyd was actually pretty short anyway, i think that the groncle had a longer part than him, but i cant be sure until i time it. im just saying here, he was never a significant character in person in the movie, and if his role is consirably shorter in dragon 2, then they may even get away with using a “sound-a-like” voice actor to him.

        as for the tv series, it will not be managed by the same writting team thats working on the current movie, at least not directly, they will be there to keep the whole “vibe” of the series close to the movies, but thats it. same scinario as madagascar

  10. I’ll be very disappointed if Butler isn’t part of the ongoing cast.
    His character was wonderful and his portrayal devine.
    I hope the sequels include Stoick. He was may favorite character
    next to Toothless.
    I didn’t understand why there was no Stoick character in the stores
    and questioned it then. Most people I ran into at Walmart were looking
    for the Stoick and Toothless charaters. Dreamworks really lost out on
    the sales of his character.
    Oh well, guess we will have to wait and see. I really loved the
    comradery of the Butler and Ferguson characters in the original,
    I hope they both return. Those two are hilarious in real life as well,
    so hope they continue in HTTYD sequels.

  11. The first one was fantastic, so this is good to hear.

  12. Am I the only one here who thought the first movie was extremely overrated? It was boring to be honest. Forgettable. Uninteresting. Especially compared to “Despicable Me” and “Toy Story 3″. I could do without a sequel.

    • Don’t agree, I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I went in not expecting much but really liked it a lot.


      • I do agree — that twistedburton is the only one here who thought this movie was extremely overrated. :)

        • But toy story and despicable me ARE better than dragon imo..

          • But i would LOVE a dragon sequel!!

    • Yet here you are reading articles about its sequel :p

    • You probably didn’t watch it with proper sound. Many movies are many more times enjoyable when experienced with quality sound and high volume. The new Star Trek movie is another example of this.

      • Lol twistedburton, you sure do have a different taste in movies. Why are you reasearching the sequel if you didn’t like the movie in the first place??? Despicable Me and Toy Story 3 were just funny movies. That was what got me most. In httyd, I liked it because of the message it had. The emotion. And the fact that it had both dragons AND Vikings in it. There are no animated movies out there that beat this one on my Top 11 list.

  13. oh man i hope butler comes back for dragon 2 i thought his voice was great for a viking. please come back Gerard

  14. Hmm. I’m all for it if they do it right. I mean, I’m sure they will with how amazing the first movie is. But I’ve seen too many movie franchises go down because they “overmilk” them, so to speak. Like Madagascar, the first one was good, (I didn’t like it personally but it was well-received, so…) but then there were sequels and T.V. shows that just had depleting quality…Shrek is another example…

  15. the first is the best movie ever. ive been tying to get jay buchells autograph for forever

    • Rofl this is the best response I’ve heard yet! I wish I had his autograph too.

    • The next season of the show is defenders of berk and the 3 season is called dragon master

  16. i have look closely in to why the mov and book were different and it is because with the time, money, and how peoply see feeling the plat for the book could not work so they found some thing that could show the fight with father and son(and that may make or brake how or if Sto returns) and that Hicca was doing samething big and new

    • But the thing people are missing, because they havn’t even heard of the books, is that by following the origonal story line the films would have still been just as good, perhaps even better, and then they would have had a sequel to follow on. There was actually no point for them to change it.

      • Don’t you get it? The film is good because it ISN’T the same as the book, yes i think most people here DO KNOW the book series exist but they just ignore them because books are for 3 year olds and the movie is for basically any age. You made like 5 comments about this already and everyone told you the same thing 😛

  17. I didn’t think I would like this movie because it was a kids movie but when I took my yunger sister there and watched it I loved the movie (yes I know about the books). I also hope they keep all of the voice actors for the seccond one because there voices matched there characters perfectly. I also hope they give the tittle a better name.

    • Lol I’m never too old for Disney movies —but I can see how some people would think that. Never underestimate the power of Dreamworks.

  18. As long as they get John Powell to come back as the composer I’ll be happy with anything!


  20. Well, I guess another band of dragons attacking their peace could be likely, but personally, I think Romans will attack. I’ve read a few of the books, and several times they mention how much they dislike the Romans. Heck, the books even include how the DRAGONS dislike the Romans, so that’s a thought.

  21. Its based on a book so the vilain in the new one could be the vilain in the second book.

  22. Person,about the romans they are involved in the third they’re not in the second book.

  23. The movie strayed SO far from the book, I think it’s hard to predict. The second book is called “How to be a Pirate”, it wouldn’t surprise me if the next movie followed that theme, but I would imagine the plot would be quite different. I doubt they will rehash the first plot, though, that wouldn’t work very well.

  24. My ancestors actually were Vikings so it was a shock to find out that they were not Scandinavians[or Norse] but Scots. Who knew???? Here’s an idea for the plot of the sequel…. Hiccup and Toothless discover America.

    • That would be interesting. Like during some time around columbus or something?

    • What.



      You are a proper weirdo. America?

      • what do you mean? i am american. so what? most americans know who columbus is. i know he didnt discover this place, but so what?

    • That’s a good idea…I am writing a research report for school on Vikings, and they did discover America, along with Iceland and Greenland.

      • Wayyy before 1492. I’m talking 985.

        • There are lots of things I wish I could tell the people making this movie…like, why did you give Vikings horned helmets when the REAL Vikings didn’t wear horned helmets? And the Vikings weren’t called Vikings until after the Viking age. We just started calling them that less than a thousand years ago, after all the Vikings were gone. They called themselves Scandinavians, Icelanders, and Greenlanders. They also would have been speaking a different language–either Icelandic or some other Viking language. It would have been awesome if they’d been speaking Icelandic and had the subtitles–I would have felt like I was really there!!!

          I still loved the movie–don’t get me wrong. It’s in my top 5 Favorite Movies.

          • For one, you’re being a little too technical about the details. The horned helmets are just to make the characters stick out a little. Plus , it’s an animated film. It does not have to be spot on with reality. The same goes for their calling, I think. Think about it. When the characters were given their names, chances are, the Vikings did not have such names then.

  25. Personally, I’m so sick of sequels. It’s not so much that I don’t trust Dreamwork’s ability to make this new movie good – I’m sure it will be just fine – but I don’t want to see How to Train Your Dragon become the next Shrek; that is to say, way too many sequels with progressively worse quality and enjoyability. Besides, How to Train Your Dragon is the kind of movie that can stand on its own. It doesn’t really need a continuing story. But more than anything, I think, I would much rather see new, creative, and original things from Dreamworks, instead of this whole sequel run we seem to be suffering through currently.

    • I dissagree. I like Shrek and all it’s sequels, and I hope the same for HTYD. True the last Shrek was pretty lame with the story line, but it was still enjoyable.

      • honestly :)) i love this movie and i wont it to have a tv series to

    • I completely agree with you!

  26. I could see the TV series mimicing the books with a little bit of movie-twist on everything, which explains how the TV show would start in 2012 and the sequel releasing in 2013. Perhaps the series will be from “How to Be a Pirate” all the way to “How to Steal a Dragon’s Sword” and the movie will be the end of the books and the movies so it won’t have a chance to “Shrek-out”.

    Here’s hoping.

  27. I honestly liked… no, LOVED the way the movie ended, but I guess a sequel won’t be a bad thing. I can’t wait to see the characters again actually, the more I think about it. On the other hand, a tv series?! Really? I think thats a terrible idea… it will be like The Penguins of Madagascar! Translation: No one will watch it when they make it all out of character and demented, and not related to the movie at all! I hope that is just a rumor! As much as I’m in love with the film… no. Just… no. I hope you will keep updating this website so I can rely on you to see whats up with this whole thing here going on…

    • There were plenty of kids movies gone tv shows that turned out really good. just because the Penguins of Madagascar was a flop doesn’t mean that HTYD would turn out badly

  28. If Hiccup, Toothless and Astrid aren’t in the sequel I swear I’ll..

    • What? What will you do, Maddy? I for one could tell you that, as a fact, HTYD2 would not be an original without Hiccup and Toothless.