Following on from the first official trailer at the start of last month, a new trailer has been released from Dreamworks Animation’s latest animated family adventure, How To Train You Dragon. This one highlights the experience of the movie a lot more than the first trailer, (i.e. the scenes of the dragon flying etc.) instead of the slapstick and cutesy one-liners we’re used to from Dreamworks’ animated fare.
How to Train Your Dragon is set in a mythical world where Vikings and dragons have been at odds with one another for thousands of years, and killing dragons is an everyday occurrence for Vikings. It centers on a young Viking boy named Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) who one day befriends an injured dragon instead of killing it as he’s supposed to, much to the embarrassment of his father (voiced by Gerard Butler). The film comes to us from Lilo & Stitch directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, and is written by DeBlois.
And now here’s the trailer, courtesy of Cinemablend. Enjoy:
Once it gets past reminding us of some of Dreamworks biggest successes (Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar), I think the trailer looks pretty decent. I’m not sure the look of the dragons works entirely (they somehow managed to make them as unintimidating as it’s possible to go) but it looks like throwaway fun to me.
That’s pretty much what most of Dreamworks Animation is: throwaway. With the exception of the first Shrek (I never did care for the second all that much) and the genuinely funny and enjoyable Kung Fu Panda last year, I’m not really a fan of the studio. To me they’re “the animation studio that isn’t Pixar” and probably always will be.
Thoughts on the latest trailer for How to Train Your Dragon? Are you looking forward to this film? Or is it “just another animated film” from a studio that’s very much hit or miss?
How to Train Your Dragon features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristin Wiig. It is set to hit theaters on March 26th, 2010.