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“How To Train Your Dragon 2” Teaser Trailer

Watch the new teaser trailer for DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon 2 which follows the continuing adventures of Hiccup and Toothless. The film is set to be released in June 2014. The director is Dean DeBlois, who is helming an animated pic solo for the first time.

  • Em

    Oh my gosh, it looks absolutely beautiful!! Love the epic music too.

  • canimal

    This is a teaser trailer done right. Everything looks and sounds gorgeous. I love it!!

  • Riu Tinubu

    This series looks like its evolving into something interesting, in an ‘organic’ way. Unlike Cars 2, which laid on a new gimmick to make it different. Here we have growth!

  • Josh

    Glad to hear De Blois will get some solo cred for this. All anyone ever talked about for the first one was Chris Sanders and De Blois barely got a mention.

    This looks stunning!

  • Loved the first to bits. Now THIS is a teaser. Did a way better job than Frozen’s. Can’t wait to see it! Next year…

  • Charlie Lanuza

    Hey guys,
    Catch it quick before they pull it from here as well

  • Amid, the trailer’s been taken down.

  • Matt

    Is this being made in LA or China? I keep seeing a lot of jobs for Oriental DreamWorks. I fear the future of many artists here in LA will not be around much longer. Anyway, nice trailer just to get people excited and not give away the story. This one should do well.

    • burymylovely

      LA, with maybe some jobs up north at PDI. The Oriental Dreamworks jobs are mostly for Chinese language movies.

      • Matt

        At least for now ODW will be doing Chinese language movies. Just wait, in about 5 years time jobs will start moving there and all that will be left in LA will be a small core team doing boards and some animation development.

  • burymylovely

    mostly correct. You can see in the teaser the new rig allow things to lock. From what I’ve heard, Toothless can glide with limited steering. Maybe left & right, but no up & down & twirling. So he’s not completely helpless, but if someones after him, he’s in trouble.

  • Muther

    No snarky comment on how this film is the only reason Dreamworks is “respectable” or something about how Hiccup’s new age will certainly satisfy the Tumblr masses even more, because who else would see this film?

    Just a straight up unbiased description followed by the video itself?

    I don’t know what’s happened to you Amid, but I like it.

    • Mark

      Cant tell if this is a genuine comment or your roundabout way of taking a dig at this movie…..

  • canimal

    But Toothless destroyed that. He didn’t want to have full solo flight functionality, I dont think it would make much sense if they just ignored that in the sequel. And anyway, Toothless being able to fly by himself would take a lot away from what made their relationship special in the first place.

    • Riu Tinubu

      Well, no – if their bond is as strong as it supposed to be, Toothless regaining full independence and being able to fly by himself shouldn’t be an issue. Horses can run just fine by themselves and still work in tandem with a cowboy when needed.

      • canimal

        No, I completely disagree. This isn’t a typical boy and his horse situation and Toothless has already shown that he would rather be dependent on Hiccup than have complete freedom (GOTNF).

        • Riu Tinubu

          you can be dependant on someone emotionally, which is A LOT healthier than a story saying it’s good to be wilfully physically dependant on anyone.

          Hopefully this movie goes that way, because even if Toothless can fly by himself again, his bond with Hiccup would mean he’d still *let* Hiccup fly him. The other Vikings do as much with their dragons, and it works fine.

          The physical dependancy is the starting off point, it should not being treated as a trap whether in narrative treatment on in story.

  • agreenster

    Great teaser!

  • M Rahman

    indeed, “this is amazing”

  • confused and appalled

    What I want to know is why the story of a boy who mutilated an animal and made it dependent upon himself for survival is so popular. The loss of the kids leg in the end of the first movie is possibly the most ham handed reconciliation I’ve ever seen in an animated film.

    I can’t help but wonder what would happen to the little nit wit when the dragon eventually finds out that the kid was the one who mutilated him in the first place. Their whole relationship is essentially based on deceit. I don’t get the appeal for this franchise at all.

    • IJK

      Maybe stop being such a cynical moviegoer who only sees things in an over exaggerated nutshell…?

      Usually works for me.

    • bob

      why do things have to be idealistic for it to be good? Do you think people relate more frequently to the perfect “idea” of a life that they will never be able to have? Or, something riddled with mistakes and ups and downs through which a protagonist still grows and learns?

      I think you are a little too simplistic in your expectations of stories… go read something from greek times or some shakespeare and tell me that stories which include deceit are “bad” because of a confused moral standpoint.

    • Riu Tinubu

      he hurt the animal, then he fixed him and nursed him back to health. By that point, he was already redeemed for what he did. Hiccup is raised in a society that would rather him kill Toothless when he got the chance, but he didn’t. So I think he’s covered on the apology bit. And then some when he lost his leg later on.

    • J. Miller

      If it was his original intent to mutilate and make Toothless dependent upon him, you might have a legitimate point, but his original intent was to kill what he didn’t understand just as the rest of his clan had done for generations. His recognition of how wrong he was and his continual efforts to do right from then on is a testament to the character. Furthermore, from the teaser trailer he seems intent on restoring even more autonomy to the dragon he hurt.

      As for Toothless himself, who was modeled after a combination of dog and cat like behavior, I can only assume you’ve never had one as a pet. They’re are a lot more forgiving of our bad behavior than we are to one another.

      Lastly , I’m not sure how one reads the loss of Hiccup’s leg as an indication of reconciliation as much as it is a sign of the bond between a boy and his dragon, more personal, and permanent now than before.

  • Axolotl

    That’s cool, for some reason I don’t want to sock Hiccup in the face anymore.

  • Roberto González

    While I like it and I think it spectacular, it also reminded me of Treasure Planet, which shouldn’t be a nice thing. I don’t know, something about Hiccup here makes him a little too “rad” and “rebelious” while he was supposed to be dorky. I guess he has evolved but I hope they don’t make him a mixture of cool but nerdy at the same time. It didn’t work in Treasure Planet, neither it did in Tron Legacy or The Amazing Spiderman.

    Making the characters more adult is a bold movement that I applaud, though, especially when most sequels usually are afraid of changing the characters appearance. Even Monsters University didn’t change Mike’s and Sulley’s aspect too much.

    • bob

      People grow and change. When I was younger I was a little dorky kid, but as I grew up I, well, grew… and can now bench over 300 lbs… yet I’m the same person… hmmm seems “impossible” such a thing could happen when considering the “rules” of animated film.

      Dude, maybe it’s character development? Maybe his body reflects a change in his character due to successes he started to have in his life.

      • Roberto González

        Everything is possible, but in my experience most people usually don’t grow or change that much. Learning from your errors or becoming a better person are often our goals but this actually happens more in movies than in real life. I’m not saying 40 years old men behave exactly the same way they did when they had 18, but normally they aren’t complete opposites either.

        But mostly it’s just that I tend to symphatize more with the dorky and/or loser character rather than “radical” kids in an animated movies.

  • model noses much?

    I was onboard until I saw Hiccup take his helmet off at the end. Whats with the Cat nose, and Dead Eyes? Looks like he fell off a dragon and landed right at the bottom of the Uncanny Valley.

  • oslaf

    I’m all in for teasers that try to get away from the trendy quick-cut action comedy style we are thankfully outgrowing (a dreadful mix of Bourne-esque action montage and ‘classic’ record-scratch-cue-catchphrase trailers).
    It’s good to get to see an entire scene instead of an abstract mood quilt, but in this case, I would have liked to be shown some kind of hint about the story we’re getting; this was almost a videogame sequel teaser, showcasing new gameplay elements.
    Thankfully there was a bit of accent at the end with the whole ‘OMG he’s older’ bit. Still, I probably got a better idea about the movie through the promotional images leaked a while back than the one I got from this.

  • Jen Hurler

    I don’t watch the cartoon Riders of Berk, but, for those who have, does that show age the characters as well, or show hints of character development towards this seemingly badass Hiccup? Just curious if they’re trying to tie the two in together. I’m not even sure if the show has a continuing story arc from episode to episode, or just little self-contained plots. Any watchers? c:

    • killercharlie

      They don’t age the characters for Riders of Berk. They may or may not for season 2. Who knows?

      There are a mix of stand alone episodes and story arcs. According to the creators, from what I read, they do want the show to be a “bridge” for the two films. And it looks like season 2 will have more story and action. Since the first season focused on the vikings adjusting to life with dragons. And yes there are little bits of charater development with Hiccup and his friends.

      Overall so far, Riders of Berk surprised me. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was. Its clear that Dreamworks cares a lot for this franchise. :)

  • SarahJesness

    I get the feeling that Hiccup’s new design will net him a looooot of fangirls.

    Anyway, this trailer IS SO AWESOME! Thanks to Miyzaki, I’m a huge sucker for cool flight scenes. I really loved the first film and I hope to every god that mankind has ever worshiped that the second film does it justice. This teaser certainly is promising!

    • Ju-osh

      I, too, thought of Miyazaki while watching this. I think he’d love it!

      (Then I immediately flashed to a mental image of the maestro having to sit beside Lasseter while screening Cars 2 and Monsters U. Poor fella…)

  • SarahJesness

    I would have to agree. A character making mistakes, going back on decisions, things like that drive the plot and development forward. It’s more interesting. If Hiccup only came across the dragon and decided not to kill it… Well, it would’ve been less emotional than the scene where he sees it weak and tied up and says “I did this”. The scene also wouldn’t have made as much of an impact. His only goal in life is to kill the dragon, and he’s so excited when he’s trapped it that it makes his decision to release the dragon more important. He’s gotten so close, he trapped the dragon on his own, he didn’t come across it already injured, and then he lets it go.

    And nursing the dragon back to health and healing the injury that he caused, again, that adds more emotion. It’s doubtful that he ever intended to keep the dragon as a pet in the first place; he only wanted to help it live on its own again. He only started riding it because it was the only way to let it fly again.

  • Andrew Kieswetter

    Looks great already!

  • Pedro

    Why is he wearing a bondage mask?