In DreamWork’s 2010 Viking fantasy adventure film How to Train Your Dragon, the young chieftain’s son Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) felt out of place on the Isle of Berk, where traditional hobbies include growing huge amounts of facial hair and slaying dragons. After finding and taming an injured dragon called Toothless, Hiccup eventually brokered a peace between Vikings and dragons, allowing them to co-exist in harmony.
So, does this new society of Vikings and dragons mean that Hiccup is finally satisfied with his home life? Not quite. The first five minutes of How to Train Your Dragon 2 have now made their way online, and the film opens with Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig), Tuffnut (T.J. Miller), Snotlout (Jonah Hill) and Astrid (America Ferrera) playing a game that involves flying through the air on dragons and throwing around very unfortunate sheep. It looks more fun than Quidditch, but the downside is that there’s a good deal more animal cruelty.
Hiccup, however, is continuing to pursue new horizons – quite literally. Now in his late teens, Hiccup has become much more adept at flying – sometimes even independently from Toothless – and is using the advantage of a dragon’s-eye-view to map out the surrounding country and assign names to the uncharted territories.
The new footage in the clip includes details of Hiccup’s custom-made adventuring gear, and for anyone who’s ever dreamed of going adventuring on the back of a dragon (which is – let’s face it – most of us) this is wish fulfilment at its absolute finest. As the most recent trailer for How to Train Your Dragon 2 revealed, however, Hiccup finds a lot more than mountains and forests out in the wilderness beyond Berk – including one family member whom he’d believed to be lost forever.
Overall, How to Train Your Dragon 2 seems to take place on a much larger scale (no pun intended) that the first movie, with bigger dragons, a broader range of locations and even hints of an epic battle between the citizens of Berk and marauding bad guy Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou). Let’s hope Hiccup survives with all his remaining limbs intact.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in U.S. theaters on June 13, 2014.
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