Jay Baruchel Says ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2′ Is Going to Be ‘Incredible’

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Jay Baruchel as Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon Jay Baruchel Says How To Train Your Dragon 2 Is Going to Be Incredible

DreamWorks Animation has big plans for the next few years, and we recently got a fairly comprehensive look at just what those plans include when the studio unveiled its release schedule for 2013 through to 2016. One of the 2014 releases that they announced was How to Train Your Dragon 2, a sequel that has been in the works ever since the first film saw success at the box office and was nominated for two Oscars, including Best Animated Feature.

In 2010 fantasy adventure How to Train Your Dragon, Jay Baruchel voiced the irrepressibly snarky and fast-talking protagonist, Hiccup, the son of a Viking chief who lives in a village that’s perpetually plagued by dragons. As a brain growing up in a community that values brawn, Hiccup is a misfit in every way imaginable, and so when he finally catches a dragon, he decides to raise and tame it rather than kill it.

Baruchel is currently busy promoting apocalypse comedy This is the End, in which he plays a version of himself, but in an interview with Slash Film, he was asked about the status of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and expressed a lot of enthusiasm about it:

“It took us three bloody years to do the first one so it’s a piecemeal process. I’ve been working on ‘Dragon 2,’ on and off, for the past year-and-a-half now. And boy is it ever something special. I truly adore the first one. I think it’s one of the greatest flicks ever. Period. And one of my proudest moments. So it’s no hyperbole when I say we smoke the first one with number two.

“It’s going to be pretty incredible in every way. The emotional content, the action sequences, it’s everything it’s supposed to be and then some. It’s really going to be a pretty incredible, beautiful flick. People will go buy tickets, see this movie, and be taken on a journey like they’ve never been on.”

While calling How to Train Your Dragonone of the greatest flicks ever” might be a little bit hyperbolic, it’s definitely one of the better DreamWorks releases of recent years, and was one of Screen Rant’s favorite films of 2010. Once you get past the fact that all the child characters have incongruous American accents despite growing up in a village full of Scottish Vikings, it’s an incredibly fun and heartwarming movie that features some beautiful animation, especially during the flying sequences.

Hiccup Jay Baruchel and Astrid America Ferrera in How to Train Your Dragon Jay Baruchel Says How To Train Your Dragon 2 Is Going to Be Incredible

Though Baruchel is obviously going to be a little biased on this matter, there’s every chance that How to Train Your Dragon 2 might be a step upwards from the first film. Not only does it have the benefit of most of the cast – including Gerard Butler, America Ferrera and Baruchel’s This is the End co-star Jonah Hill – returning along with writer and director Dean DeBlois, there’s also more potential in the sequel to branch out in terms of storytelling. If there’s one main criticism that could be said of How to Train Your Dragon, it’s that it indulged in a few clichés, and so it would be good to have a few surprises and a more unpredictable plot developments in the second movie.

Luckily, that seems to be exactly what they have in mind. When the film was still in the early stages of development, DeBlois said that DreamWorks were planning to make an “epic” trilogy with How to Train Your Dragon 2 as the “second chapter in a larger story,” which would leave the tiny island setting of the first movie and explore other reaches of the Northern hemisphere.


How to Train Your Dragon 2 lands in theaters on June 20th, 2014.

Source: Slash Film

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  1. I’d love to see a “WW I Aces” theme with Dragons. It would be neat if the
    Vikings grew a bit smug, only to be threatened by a more advanced Asian/Orient-themed army. Think Ghengis Khan with Dragons and Pirate ships instead of horses.

    I loved the first movie and would like to see relationships and the mythos expanded.

  2. I absolutely believe that HTTYD was one of the best films ever. And ever since Pixar started dropping the ball, i’ve been waiting to see a rival animation studio start hitting it out of the park.

    • I feel dreamworks is more than capable, though aardman is my favorite. I feel both kung fu pandas and HTTYD would be a top of the line pixar film

  3. I enjoyed the first immensely, it’s a movie I can watch again and again with my younger brother. I look forward to the sequel.

  4. WHAT??? I didn’t hear this news, it’s the best news I’ve heard all day! I thought they weren’t going to make a sequel because they were making that animated cartoon series or something…

  5. IMO, the first was incredible in every way. So they gotta beat that.

  6. Clichés in the first film?? Um… Like Hiccup losing his leg?? How on earth was that a cliché?!? Sorry, I know the movie was very cliché (I wonder how many time I’m gonna say ‘cliché’) but I’m stillmshocked by the fact they had a child losing one of their limbs in a children’t movie. (I’m glad they did it, it’s a valuable lesson to teach children, but still it was surprising.)

    • Settle down kid.

      “a few cliches” which yes, there were. And they never said losing the leg was one of them.

  7. i still fail to understand how how to train your dragon lost out for best animated picture, one of the best for sure…..if they manage to fulfil on promises of surpassing the first that i will be well pleased

  8. Well it lost lost cause you story 3 came out that year. Httyd is my second favorite animated feature behind wall-e

    • *toy

    • Pixar will always win look at brave. Toy Story 3 was no contest tho it was even up for best picture.

      • Toy story was unbelievably overrated. People, including the academy, completely overlooked the fact that TS3 only got emotional and touching during the last half hour of the movie and even THEN the emotion almost entirely relied upon the character development and relationships built in the previous movies. If it were judged on its own by critics and audiences alike- like it should have been considering it was that movie specifically being nominated and NOT the entire franchise- it would not have won or have been considered even half as good as people exaggerate it to be.

  9. Clichés in the first film?? Um… Like Hiccup losing his leg?? How on earth was that a cliché?!? Sorry, I know the movie was very cliché (I wonder how many time I’m gonna say ‘cliché’) but I’m stillmshocked by the fact they had a child losing one of their limbs in a children’t movie. (I’m glad they did it, it’s a valuable lesson to teach children, but still it was surprising.)

    • Double post much?

  10. I’m surprised Dragons: Riders of Berk wasn’t mentioned in the article. The Cartoon Network released 20 episodes this past year. Most of the actors return for their characters in the TV series, and the animation is good for a TV series. For anyone who enjoyed the movie, I recommend the series.

  11. Loved the movie, watched it at least 3 times within 2 days after watching it for the first time. A truly great experience and really hoping the sequel makes the same jump the first one did.

  12. Is Jay Baruchel really famous enough to headline an article? I don’t think so.

    • -1

    • @Straight

      Um, and why does it even matter? If he has inside information about something we’re interested in, we want to hear about it… Who cares how “famous” he is. Is everything a popularity contest with you or something?? Go read your glamour magazines or whatever floats your boat…

    • Are you dumb? He’s the main character in an extremely popular franchise being interviewed about that franchise’s highly anticipated sequel. Of course he’s going to headline an article about it, what kind of question is this?

  13. “While calling How to Train Your Dragon “one of the greatest flicks ever” might be a little bit hyperbolic,”

    Ah……. Yeah, we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. Its a universally loved film that used an admittedly familiar premise in a fresh, completely unique and creative way while taking some gutsy risks that were previously unthinkable in child-friendly film. Excellent writing, an absolutely stunning score, an amazing cast, and really, really well done and believable development in the relationships between the characters. Not to mention the gorgeous artistry and technical innovation involved in the animation. I realize people in general are uncomfortable admitting that animated movies can be just as good and often better than a majority of live action movies, and they’re positively repulsed by the thought of admitting that any other studio besides Pixar is capable of making animated films of that quality. However, How to Train Your Dragon is, in my opinion, absolutely one of the greatest films ever and it deserves to be recognized as such.

  14. No need for Pixar hate. Just because dreamworks absolutely knocked it out of the park with httyd doesn’t mean they aren’t miles behind Pixar. Pixar is slowing down now but they dominated the 2000s when it comes to adult friendly cartoons. Up and brave aren’t that old. Nothing comes close to wall-e if you sit down and actually watch it

  15. Plus rise of the guardians set dreamworks back about 10 years.

  16. I loved this dragon.. wish that he was my real pet. So cute and cool looking black dragon! :)

  17. I preferred the first film to Avatar when they first came out at the same time. Some people I know went as far as saying they left the cinema then to go on to deny it and say they loved it.

    So glad there’s a second film :)