Dreamworks Dragon trailer V.2

(Thanks, Iain Robbins)


  • http://www.ronimation.com Ron

    Looks like a lot of fun. And the character designs are especially good!

  • Scott

    That looks amazing.

  • http://thedreamerskingdom.org TK

    This is definitely an improvement to the original trailer. Less Hiccup dialogues and more dragons!

    Also, it’s amazing how Dinosaur and its Egg Travels soundtrack still relevant almost a decade later.

  • Mike!

    I love how they try to piggyback off of the Up trailed which showed Pixar’s past successes (which is, umm, all of them). To me, this feels more like a warning than a play-up.

    As for the movie, these trailers aren’t quite doing it for me, but I’m still hoping it’s good.

  • Steve Gattuso

    I’m cautiously optimistic about this. Though I can skip the 3D jazz. It just gives me eye strain.

  • RODAN

    I’m sorry but to me.. it just seems like another video game gone wild.

    But I’m trying to like it… We’ll see.

  • http://doubleben.blogspot.com Emmett Goodman

    I too am cautiously optimistic about this. Chris Sanders’ designs are definitely evident, but otherwise, it still looks like a Dreamworks movie. Let’s wait and see how it turns out.

  • Robert Barker

    It might not be impressive to audiences after having just seen the ‘dragons’ of AVATAR in 3-D.

  • CM

    I keep picturing the black dragon saying ‘Ohana means family’

  • tom Stazer

    Still finding zero value in these trailers. Seems impossible given the creator – but it just looks uninspired, formulaic and – as per Dreamworks style – rendered with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

  • http://robcatview.blogspot.com robcat2075

    I’d like to be a fly on the wall during the meeting that crafts a trailer. I suspect they actually try to make the movie seem cliched because of the theory that kids are really only interested in what they already know.

    I’m hopeful for the movie itself.

  • Lindsay

    Ironic that the trailer uses a soundtrack piece from a Disney film – DINOSAUR. Heh, and look at how well that film did, epic score or not. ;)

    I also think it’s pretty sad how myopic the studio has become with its legacy. It seems their hand drawn feature films have been unofficially disowned or something. But what else is new, really? :p

  • Erin

    A little put off by the knicked theme music as well, but otherwise I like seeing the new types of dragons. Someone had a ball in the character design department!

  • Al

    You guys should watch the japanese trailer!!!
    I hope the movie will be more like this :)

    http://www.hic-dragon.jp/
    The trailer will come up on its own.

  • optimist

    Couple of things:

    Using old music to score trailers is done for all films-in fact it’s imperative, since any and all films are a long way from being scored(scoring happens a lot later than you’d think) when trailers are made. Hasn’t anyone noticed how many film trailers have used “The Right Stuff” or especially “Edward Scissorhands” music-even films from “competing” studios? NO one is supposed to know or care what film the scratch music in a trailer is from-it’s just supposed to evoke a mood. God knows that virtually 100% of the audience won’t remember Dinosaur (or even Scissorhands that well). And films are made for the general audience, not for geeks like us.

    As for supposedly ripping off Pixar by citing previous hit films(and although I know it’s horribly aggravating to so many, Shrek and Panda were megahits all over the world)…you’re kidding, I hope.

    ANY studio would be foolish if they DIDN’T mention that an upcoming release is from the same place where previously popular films are from. The other day I watched the Zemeckis Christmas Carol trailer; it pointedly says that it’s from the director of “Back To The Future”. That was 30 years ago! There must be a good reason for that, don’t you think?

    This is a Chris Sanders film. It was made at Dreamworks. Yes, it is possible to reconcile the two. No, there are no fart gags in the trailer.

    The film is adapted from a series of very popular children’s books. That’s where the characters and the basic plot come from. The style and the rest is from the people listed in the credits.

    It’s a trailer.

  • http://jessicaplummer.blogspot.com Jessica Plummer

    Thanks for that link Al – foreign trailers for current films always look much more appealing to me than the standard Hollywood/US fare they produce with the “Movie Guy” voice (I’m seriously going to cry next time I hear that voice….it just ruins everything I watch). But I’m still excited for this – I like the designs (it’s subtle and natural looking where it should be, and cartoony and fun with characters where it should be). And c’mon guys – it’s got dragons and vikings. What more could you ask for?

    I’m always curious about the whole idea that a CG film turns people off because it looks like a video game. I actually play lots of video games…I WISH video games looked like this! (thought they’re gettin’ close) If games were still done in 2D graphics (and I grew up on a lot of those as well)…would 2D animation still be compared to a game?

  • http://www.focusonanimation.com/ Mister3ZE

    Hey, it’s me who upload this trailer :)

  • Uli Meyer

    Trailers should tease you to make you go and see the film and hint at the story, not give it away. Some trailers do a good job, some don’t. You just can’t tell if it’ll be a good film by watching a selection of shots put together by some marketing department to stock-music.
    You can tell what the film will look like, though, and I kind of like what I see here. As far as I know, Nico Marlet designed all the characters except the main Stitchy-looking one, which Chris Sanders designed. In my opinion that was a bit of a mistake, but hey, it’s only an opinion.
    I hear the film is really excellent, I’m looking forward to finding out for myself…

  • squirrel

    “Recap” trailers rub me the wrong way (Pixar imitators, perhaps?), and about half of the previous trailer’s shots that are all reused here. Still, I am looking forward to this.

  • http://beaudetteblog.blogspot.com Grant Beaudette

    Sorry, I’m not buying the majestic nostalgia thing that Disney has been putting in trailers for years. Both because all the Dreamworks films mentioned are less than 10 years old and because the Shrek and Madagascar films went more “hip” and current than classic and timeless.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Seeing the Japanese trailer (where the film is retitled “Hic & Dragon” it appears), it is quite a different contrast the way it makes the film appear like this endearing story of an unlikely friendship.

  • Pedro Nakama

    The dragon looks like Stich.

  • ZigZag

    Jeez what a horrible trailer.

    But the word from my friends working on the film is that this one is the real deal. They’ve been at the works since POE, and they’re all telling me that believe it or not, this film is actually, empirically good.

    Though…they didn’t use the word ‘great.’

    Fingers crossed.

  • http://www.focusonanimation.com/ Mister3ZE
  • http://kellytindall.blogspot.com Kelly Tindall

    Dreamworks really impressed me with KUNG FU PANDA, I hope this one is another step in the right direction.

  • Sylvain

    That angular dragon design (the one coming out in in the arena) looks amazing. I clearly remember I didn’t like it when I saw it on the poster two years ago, but in that shot, it looks really really good. Who are the character designers ? I owe them an apology :)

  • optimist

    Who are the character designers ? I owe them an apology :)

    Nico Marlet and Tony Siruno I believe.

  • wgan

    apparently those japanese interpret that into another ico, very interesting, thanks for the link

  • Sylvain

    The german version of the trailer has the best cuts I think :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YazSf14K_so

  • Sylvain

    I was told, that cut is also available in english, it’s better than the first or second “official” trailer… Why don’t they use it ?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOtHUUGDl5I

  • http://www.sexymecha.com Hal

    I liked the first trailer a lot more than this. This feels like a step back after establishing the character dynamics in the first.