‘How to Train Your Dragon 2′ Trailer Reveals a Surprise & Teases a Bigger Adventure

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 16th, 2014 at 4:53 pm,



When things pick up in the DreamWorks animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, the series protagonist Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) has pulled a Neville Longbottom and matured into a strapping young man, who spends his days soaring the skies with loyal dragon companion Toothless. Together, they explore the world beyond their home village of Berk, where dragon racing is now the preferred sport among young Vikings.

However, even as Hiccup (literally) expands his horizons, dangerous foes emerge from the woodwork, in the shapes of Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou) and his army of dragon hunters and war machines. In the meantime, our hero and his Night Fury companion find a helpful new comrade in Valka (Cate Blanchett): an outsider who has spent years protecting dragons – giving her a level of insight and understanding of the creatures that surpasses even Hiccup’s.

We only learned about Valka’s existence in the How to Train Your Dragon sequel this past week. Which is to say: if you don’t want to know anything else about the character, then don’t watch the full-length trailer below – it reveals something of a key SPOILER about her.

how to train your dragon 2 trailer How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer Reveals a Surprise & Teases a Bigger Adventure

How to Train Your Dragon 2 was written and directed by one-half of the filmmaking team behind the original animated feature, Dean DeBlois, as his collaborator Chris Sanders has been preoccupied working on The Croods over the past couple years. Regardless, it seems as though DeBlois has expanded upon the themes of the original film – a boy and his dog-type fantasy story with a subtext about prejudice – while delivering an important second chapter in a larger adventure/epic trilogy (a third installment is already set for release in 2016).

So far, the final result looks to be a sequel that is bigger and potentially better than its predecessor on every level – quality of animation, action sequences – but without losing the heart and charm that made the original film a critical darling (and led to a near half-billion worldwide gross).

Agree/disagree? Let us know what you think in the comments section!


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

How to Train Your Dragon 3 is currently scheduled for release on June 17th, 2016.

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  1. This looks amazing. I’m a bit sad that Hiccup’s mother gets sort-of retconned from the first movie, where her personality could at least be assumed to be close to the original book character.

    • there’s a book?

      • Are you being humorously disingenuous, or are you genuinely unaware of the fact that there’s a twelve-book series behind these (very loose) movie adaptations?

        • While I had heard of the books, most if not all the people I have discussed these movies with were unaware of the book series.

          • I had no clue either, and it’s not like I don’t read books. I’ve just never noticed it mentioned in any article. I assumed it was an original concept.

            • Well, it basically is an original concept. The took the setting and the names from the books and, well, pretty much nothing else. it is based on the books but they are so different from each other that its almost irrelevant to bring the books in to a conversation about the film and vice versa.

              • True, and I’m fine with it since I always thought the books, while good, would probably not make the best movies.

        • I’m glad they brought his mother into the franchise. Far too many movie heroes have either a single parent, or no parents. It’s like the writers don’t have the skill to put one more character in.

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  2. Now, THAT was a thing of beauty.

    I cannot wait for the film, itself…yaaaay!

  3. Good write-up, thanks Sandy.
    I loved the first movie and have been looking forward to this one.
    From this trailer it looks to be just as good!

  4. I STRUCK GOLD! Thanks for the upload and article. I’m just hoping that the trailer hasn’t exposed too many revelations on the film’s plot or characters, but it looks superb!

  5. Love the first one, this looks really good and the spoiler….. does it really count as a spoiler as it’s a pretty obvious plot point.

  6. Awww…I teared up a little!! :)

  7. Awesome, can’t wait for this movie. The first one has to be my favorite animated film so I’m definitely excited for this!

  8. So trailers need spoiler warnings now. Am I the only one who thinks movie trailers are f***ing ridiculous these days? All I needed to see was that teaser trailer with the two of them flying through the sky, bang, it was perfect, I was sold. Why on earth give elements of the entire plot away?

    Well on the plus side, when they release the second full length trailer ( movies, these days have 2 or 3) I can just watch that and don’t have to worry about paying for a ticket to see the film in the cinema.

    People will argue that you don’t have to watch the trailers, it’s your own choice. Well it’s not my choice when they’re shown as previews before other films when you’re sitting in the movie theatre.

    • You can always put your hands over your ears and scream “lalalalalalalalalalalalala” at the top of your lungs, to the delight of everyone else in the theatre.

      • No no no, I only do that DURING the movie, then people ask me to leave but I never know why??

  9. Gave me goosebumps. I love the first one more than a 25 year old man should, but it was just so good. I’d put it up there with Pixar’s films. And judging from this trailer, the second one may be even better. Don’t want to get my hopes up too high though, as it often backfires. Looking at you Green Lantern…

  10. Well seeing how I was one of the three people in the world who didn’t like the first one I’m still skeptical about this second one. Then again, I’m willing to give this franchise a second chance simply because I really wanted to like installment number one. Hopefully the second time out of the gate can win me over.

  11. Looks as good as the first one. I normally don’t see animated stuff in the theater, but this one I might just have to check out!!

  12. I just pee’d my pants!

  13. Is Hiccup missing his left foot (very evident at the end of the trailer)? Did this happen in the 1st movie and if so why the heck don’t I remember it?

    • The only explanation I can come up with is that you fell asleep during the last five minutes of film. It was a pretty big plot point.

  14. i can’t believed they spoiled the fact hat his mom is still alive in the previews. crap like this is why i steal movies for free off of the internets.

  15. No matter what … Absolutely best animated movie of all time .. surpasses and leaves all others in the dust … All the characters are both wonderful and completely endearing … can’t wait to take all the grandchildren to see the second and third installments