Good news for fans of Hiccup and Toothless, the stars of Dreamworks’ 2010 hit How to Train Your Dragon: they’re back! At least that seems to be the message of the new teaser the studio has debuted for How to Train Your Dragon 2, which clocks in at nearly two minutes and says not one word about the plot.
Of course, that’s okay – we already have a plot outline, after all – so we know where the film will take our two underdog heroes in the series’ second go-round, and the footage is really quite impressive, even if it doesn’t lift a finger to establish set-up.
Since the central dynamic in the first picture revolves around a boy and his dragon, it’s maybe appropriate that the teaser emphasizes their bond. And, in fairness, the clip does build on the conclusions How to Train Your Dragon reached three years ago; Hiccup and Toothless appear to have grown even closer as friends and as a team (Hiccup’s clearly learned a few new tricks as an inventor), and the other dragons of Berk swim and fly free of the Red Death’s influence. It’s still more or less a fluff piece, but watching our leading duo soar through the sky is exciting enough that it hardly matters – and the animation looks fantastic.
For reference, here’s the official synopsis:
The thrilling second chapter of the epic “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
Naturally, a full trailer will tell us much more about How to Train Your Dragon 2, but we’re probably going to have to wait a while for that, since the film opens almost a year from now. Rest assured, though: the people involved have high hopes for the next chapter in Hiccup and Toothless’ lives. Jay Baruchel himself has described the movie as incredible, and if nothing else he sounds really passionate about the material. That’s pretty good reason to start getting excited now.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in theaters on June 20th, 2014.