‘How To Train Your Dragon’ Sequel & TV Show Update

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how to train your dragon review How To Train Your Dragon Sequel & TV Show Update

Dreamworks hit it out of the park both critically and financially with How to Train Your Dragon last year and already the studio already has plans for both a sequel and an animated series that will air on Cartoon Network.

Executive producer Tim Johnson has opened up a bit about what we can expect from the TV spinoff and How to Train Your Dragon 2, which he says will likely be unveiled in the second half of 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Bad Taste.it caught up recently with Johnson, who had the following to say about the How to Train Your Dragon sequel:

“So, [writer/director Dean DeBlois] had a big pitch to people just two weeks ago, almost right before I came, and now everybody is trying to figure out how we would pull off that story. And we’re so worried, I mean it really is about taking a look at the story and the sets and the new characters he’s proposing we meet and figuring out if we can get it all done.”

Johnson also discussed the How to Train Your Dragon TV show, saying that he expects it to be darker, more complex, and overall not quite as kid-friendly as Dreamworks’ other hit animated movie-turned cartoon series, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, which will premiere on Nickelodeon in 2011. It’s a relative comparison, Johnson admits, since both shows will still be no worse than PG-rated affairs tend to be.

For Johnson’s thoughts on the proper way to utilize 3D technology as a storytelling tool and some behind-the-scenes information about the conclusion of How to Train Your Dragon, check out the full interview (which naturally contains SPOILERS) below:

While How to Train Your Dragon is on one hand a variation on the classic boy-meets-dog story, it also takes some unexpected (and, for a kid’s movie, risky) twists and turns – not to mention, features some fun characters and marvelous 3D animated flying sequences. The film’s ending didn’t readily lend itself to a sequel, but the world of Vikings and fire-breathing creatures inΒ How to Train Your Dragon is an interesting world in itself and will seemingly be explored in greater detail in both the followup and TV show as well.

Cast members Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller and Kristen Wiig will lend their vocals to How to Train Your Dragon 2. It’s not yet clear if any of them will be involved in the TV show as well. Stay tuned…

Source: BadTaste.it

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  1. I disagree that the movie ending doesnt lend itself to the sequel. The Vikings may now be friends with the smaller dragons, but there were tons of unseen dragons in the book that could make the sequel work all by itself.

    Plus, there is going to be a jealous viking that turns the town and dragons against each other. It always happens.

    • Well, by “lend itself” I meant that there weren’t really any loose narrative threads at the conclusion of HTTYD – or any obvious jumping off points for a sequel (not per se a bad thing, at all). I’m still interested to see what DeBlois has in mind for the followup all the same.

      • Well, the books have Hiccup trying to continue with his Viking training. There’s that an angle.

  2. Can’t we leave anything alone anymore? The original movie was epic enough as it is, and it was a strong stand-alone idea. While I am glad they got most (if not, all) of the original cast to return for the second one, I have a bad feeling about the spin-off TV show. The straight-to-DVD release “Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon” was enjoyable but mediocre at best, and I have a feeling the TV show will turn out about the same quality, if not, worse. The studios are just milking a good franchise until it runs dry.

    • Its Disney, come on if they make it and it makes a profit they are going to squeeze it for all its worth.

      • Not Disney, Dreamworks…

  3. I thought the original film was great, and there are many ways to go when making a sequel to a movie filled with vikings and dragons! One thing that Dreamworks needs to realize, if not for the movie itself, but for the marketing of the movie, is that there is a big female following for Toothless! My girlfriend has made friends with other women online who are upset there isn’t more Toothless merchandise!

  4. I was surprised by how much I liked this film. Saw it thinking it’ll probably be mildly entertaining, but really liked the movie. Hope the sequel will be just as good or better.

  5. I think this has been said before but I think that they really need to rethink their marketing. I mean, sure, there are probably a lot of young boys who enjoy the film but im pretty sure the majority of people who like it are older in their teens and also atleast half are girls. But despite this Dreamworks is marketing for 7 year old boys. And instead of having merchandise and advertising about the great heartwarming story that it has, they are just acting like it was a cool dragon fighting movie thing which it WAS NOT!!!

    • I agree…a year later. LOL

  6. Wait a sec… In the first pic in this article, of Hiccup and Toothless when Astrid catches them, TOOTHLESS HAS BOTH TAIL-FINS!!! I never spotted THAT in the movie! Must go watch it again… Any excuse πŸ˜›

    • Sorry but that pic is not the original scene. If you watch closely, you can see that at the scene toothless has his saddle and hiccup was wearing different clothes :)

      So, that pic is just a picture, not part of the film..


    • Um, no offense, but it’s REALLY REALLY obvious that it’s the fake one, the one on the left (the fake one) doesn’t even mildly resemble the one on the right. You either must have not watched the movie at all, or just missed it.

  7. Great movie. I love the bonding between Hiccup and Toothless, and the music makes it even more poignant. The flight sequences with Hiccup, Toothless, and Astrid is OUTSTANDING! I can watch that sequence over and over again. It is so well done.

  8. Why do people think now that every good movie should be left alone… I think Avatar was a pile of steaming Crap and there is supposedly a sequel in the making(WHAT?). Plus there is already a large line-up of books that can be made into movies, you know, like the Harry Potter series where there is like what 5-6 books and then HTTYD has a series of 9 books and are still being made. Probably will fuse some of those together or throw some out due to bad storyline or theme, There using the books as a guide to make the movies, starting with the first and now the second, which could possibly be as good as the first judging by the storyline review. Just let them do what they want, whether it’s a good movie or not it is not your problem its theirs, cause they lose money and popularity, not you, so shut it and stop dropping your hate on others. I also noticed that in many scenes where it is not suppose to be focused on Toothless’s Tail injury(Thank you hiccup for crippling it before trying to ride it) that it looks like he is perfectly normal(no tail injury). This is because someone who was responsible for that scene went and loaded up the wrong model for toothless(there are many, with injury, without injury, with first tail contraption, with end movie tail contraption, with saddle, with damaged saddle,with end movie saddle, with teeth, without teeth, and any combination that was used in the movie). These mistakes were not caught, or were caught and left alone due to the cost of fixing it and how minor they mattered. The close up scenes on toothless and hiccup flying obviously didn’t have these animation mix ups, but the farther away ones quite possibly did and you couldn’t notice because you were caught up in the moment.

    • Shut up…

  9. I think they need to meet a Roman Princess

  10. well if you look at star trek sometime leaving it at one good move is a waste expand it but do it well