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

Hiccup and Toothless in How to Train Your Dragon 2

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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