‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ Trailer Preview: The Desolation of Toothless

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Hiccup and Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon 2 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer Preview: The Desolation of Toothless

It’s difficult to remember when previews for trailers first became a thing, but they’re definitely a thing now. Today’s reveal of the trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes got a preview earlier in the week, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 got not just one but three tiny snippets ahead of its recent trailer. It probably won’t be long before the previews themselves start getting trailers.

Still, trailer previews seem to be mostly harmless and the latest one for DreamWorks Animations’ fantasy sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 offers a generous 10 seconds of footage from the main trailer, which is set to be unveiled tomorrow. Although How to Train Your Dragon 2 might not have as much hype going for it as the other blockbusters we cover, it’s nonetheless a sequel to a movie that was widely loved by critics and audiences alike, and which made almost $500 million at the box office.

Previous descriptions of How to Train Your Dragon 2‘s plot have indicated that young hero Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his dragon Toothless have outgrown their home village of Berk, and are seeking adventure and guidance further afield. Travel is certainly a lot easier when you have the equivalent of a small personal jet, but this preview shows that not all the pastures Hiccup comes across are green.

Accompanying Hiccup on his journey is Astrid (America Ferrera), who is now five years older but still hasn’t figured out a way to keep her bangs out of her face. As well as the film’s returning characters there are also some new faces, including Cate Blanchett as Valka, a vigilante dedicated to protecting dragons from humans, and dragon hunter Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou).

It’s unclear whether either of these characters are responsible for the devastation that’s been visited on the forest, or whether they’re connected to bizarre turquoise structure in the midst of it. The natural assumption might be to blame all the fire damage on the dragons, but hopefully How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be the guiding light of wisdom that helps stamp out that kind of speciesist prejudice.


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

Source: DreamWorks Animation

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  1. Teasers or trailers can often be watched and re-watched countless times and still look awesome. I have no idea how many times I pressed the replay button on YouTube to re-watch the 2nd international trailer to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′… but this teaser of a teaser is just pointless… replaying would only get me annoyed with America Ferrera’s line “Who could’ve done this?”.

  2. The Desolation of Toothless, lol, genius. When they say tomorrow, does that mean at the turn of midnight??? I hope so, lol.

  3. I loved the first film, so I will definitely be seeing this. That being said, this “pre-trailer” was pretty damn stupid.

  4. I’m pretty sure i have already watched a trailer for this – it features Hiccup and Toothless flying side-by-side.

  5. The Desolation of Toothless ? Really.
    Way to promote an upcoming movie by casting it in the shadow of another………Wow