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“How to Train Your Dragon 2” Trailer Is Released

How to Train your Dragon 2, set five years after Hiccup and Toothless’s earlier adventures, now has a full trailer. In the trailer, a mysterious character, Valka, is introduced, and then her identity is immediately revealed to the viewer as Hiccup’s mother. Even if that scene takes place early in the film, it boggles the mind that a studio would spoil a key emotional moment months before a film is released. Directed by Dean DeBlois, How to Train Your Dragon 2 will premiere on June 13, 2014.

  • Aveeva

    SO COOL!!

  • Brittney

    “….it boggles the mind that a studio would spoil a key emotional moment months before a film is released.”

    Apparently they wouldn’t. Dreamworks, I hear, had nothing to do with the making of the trailer.

    • barney miller

      There’s not a studio head on the planet who would release a trailer they hadn’t seen or approved, especially not Jeffrey.

      • Caitlin Cadieux

        There was a post circulating on tumblr warning people about the spoiler and claiming that marketing pushed out the spoiler despite it being fought by Dreamworks. NOT official, but I did see it before the trailer was released. Wouldn’t have been difficult to keep that in the title or something, but you know…

    • SarahJesness

      Spoiling in the trailer seems to be a pretty common theme in DreamWorks films. Among other problems… They should get a new marketing department, or at least fix the current one.

      Spoilers don’t really bother me, I don’t get upset. I care more about how stuff happens than what happens. Though it would’ve been cool if the trailer kept her all mysterious and junk. Mystery is pretty fun.

  • DJ

    So rather than not spoil what you consider to be a spoiler you go ahead and also include said spoiler in your description? Poor form Mr. Amidi. Outside of that I think Dean Deblois is a pretty smart dude and if he’s introducing that character this early in the movie’s press cycle I’m willing to bet he’s got a couple more surprises in store.

    • AmidAmidi

      Cry me a river. It’s already spoiled in the trailer and you’re going to see the trailer a million times before the film is out.

      • Don’t be bitter just because you didn’t avoid it :P

      • Lol

      • Caitlin Cadieux

        Where’s the professionalism here? Write a blog post about Dreamworks explicitly stating that they wanted the spoiler kept out of the trailer and were beaten down. Animation fans may want to know this, and this is an animation blog. Your attitude is not as interesting to read as animation news.

        • Blappy

          >Cartoon Brew

          Pick one, CB is like the tabloid-equivalent of animation news sites.

      • IJK

        Actually, had you said “WARNING, this trailer reveals a very big spoiler character in the film and it boggles the mind why they would do this” people may not be watching it “a million times over”.

      • Max C.

        [Comment removed by editors. Per our commenting guidelines, “Stay on-topic.” This post is for readers who wish to discuss the contents of the “How to Train Your Dragon 2” trailer.]

      • bob

        i applaud your professionalism.

    • Said O E

      I don’t get it man. It’s in the trailer. Are you not a trailer watching person? But instead you read trailer reviews?

      • jmahon

        trailers do not implicitly imply giving away the whole plot. They show you how the film looks/feels. Don’t tell people to just “not watch the trailers!” if they don’t want to see spoilers, come on.

    • Pedero

      Yeah. Like Hiccup’s light saber.

    • CrankyCrank

      Really? He is describing the trailer on a site that discuses in detail animation and animation business. CB is not here to just post trailers with no comment by the editors. IF you want that, go to a trailer site. I guess I don’t get your point.

      Maybe Deblois has other surprises in store, but why even give away one of the majors?

  • Not interested.

  • Derik G

    I have a feeling in my gut that this movie might set a new standard for big budget animated films. What I mean by this is that the trailer doesn’t just cater to children, it feels and looks like it’s an animated film for everybody to enjoy, maybe even a little dark. I know a lot of big budget animated films are for everybody, but most trailers for children’s animated films usually have super silly trailers. Not saying that this trailer doesn’t have cuteness or silliness, but it feels as if adults with no children who don’t particularly like animated films will become fans of the HTTYD movies.

    I think the eventual trilogy will be on an equal bar as other trilogies like Hunger Games, Hobbit, Back to the Future, etc. The only difference is that this one is animated. I wouldn’t count trilogies like Toy Story in this because I feel that HTTYD is going to have a broader audience/fans than a trilogy like Toy Story just because it doesn’t exactly feel like a “kids” movie. Before this trailer was even released, I feel like it’s already becoming a popular trilogy. When you go on tumblr or deviantart, there is definitely way more HTTYD fan-art than there is of most other animated film trilogies.

    I definitely could be wrong. I’m not an expert at all. It’s just how I’m feeling when I view this trailer.

    • Mike

      The Incredibles, Fantastic Mr. Fox, LAIKA.

      I agree that this trailer doesn’t pander. And that’s a very good thing. But it’s not the first film to set that bar by a long shot.

      • IJK

        But those films still have trailers that represent the film in a very silly manner or light-hearted manner. Remember Mr. Incredible trying to put on his belt for the teaser?

        This film looks like it was edited by the guy who did the LoTR trailers or Nolan’s Batman’s trailers.

    • SarahJesness

      Hard to say. It’s not uncommon for early, theatrical trailers for animated films to be all “DRAMATIC AND SERIOUS AND ACTION, U GUIZ!”, only for later trailers to have all of the comedy bits crammed in. We’ll have to wait and see, but I will be pleased if future trailers for this film keep the tone.

  • Roberto Severino

    People, stop whining. We were going to find out who it was anyway. This trailer looks highly promising. I really loved the first movie and I will no doubt watch this when it comes out. That’s what actually matters.

    • jmahon

      the entire context of the film has changed. Think about it.

  • jhalpernkitcat

    Maybe it’s just me, but I feel as if the mother spoiler isn’t as big of a deal as it’s being made out to be. In fact, I’m more curious to know the mother’s story now that she’s been revealed as I always assumed she was a “Disney missing mother” deal (I know, it’s a Dreamworks movie, but basically what I’m trying to say is that usually when only the father is shown in an animated movie, it’s usually assumed that the mother is dead) I think there has to be a bigger surprise in store than that.

    • canimal

      Thats kind of where I stand as well, now that I know she’s his mom I find myself wanting to know more about her story- why did she leave? whats her deal? -though at the same time it would have been nice if they had kept it a secret too. Not a big deal though.

    • burymylovely

      Word on the street is that you are right. People who’ve seen rough cuts says who she is, isn’t THE big deal. Also from what I can tell, anyone paying attention would figure it out pretty early. If any later trailers show any more of her, their relationship would likely become obvious. So maybe its good we already know. The acrobatics around Into Darkness’ marketing show its not always a good idea to keep secrets.

    • bob

      i kind of had a similar thought. If it’s a point of clarity to reveal Hiccup’s mother, it potentially could be indicating that this is not that biggest twist of the movie, but rather a leaping off point for a the new chapter in this story.

  • canimal

    Some parts were definitely a little heavy on the cheese, but overall it looks very beautiful and seems like it could measure up to the original. not feeling the one second of the bad guy though, hoping he amounts to a little more than a mustache twirling disney-esque villain.

    But I cant believe how big of a deal people are making about that spoiler. Yeah I understand thats the kind of thing that would be way more emotionally impactful if seen for the first time while actually watching the movie, but sheesh, people are acting like that ruined the entire film and theres nothing else going on in the plot except for that.

  • Matt

    Boo Hoo Hoo, there was a spoiler in the article that Amid wrote, as if you were not going to watch the trailer and be surprised? I watched it this morning on another site and thought nothing about it. I swear the comments on this site just shock me.

  • SarahJesness

    New Hiccup is going to have more fangirls than ever!

    I was hoping the movie would be about the vikings of Berk using their dragons to attacks and pillage other towns, and eventually taking over Europe, then setting their sights on the rest of the known world… Eh, maybe for the third one?

    In all seriousness, this trailer is pretty cool. I like how they didn’t fill it up with just comedic moments like trailers for animated films usually do. Of course, we’ll probably see that for the future trailers… Anyway, action looks cool, the animation is pretty, and I’m sure the story will have more twists than this one. If they’re revealing it in the trailer, I imagine it happens early on in the film, so the whole “Who is this mysterious dragon rider?!” thing probably isn’t a huge part of the plot. (then again, DreamWorks trailers have a rather nasty habit of spoiling things, MegaMind being one of the worst offenders) While I would’ve appreciated some mystery (I had a lot of fun with the other Korra fans guessing about Amon) buuuut I’m not really one to get upset over spoilers, so I’m not really worked up.

  • Max C.

    Here’s an alternate, fan-edited version for those who don’t want to be spoiled even though they might have read the description (gosh darn it, Amid):

    • IJK

      Eh, prefer the one with the mom more. She helps tell what conflict is about to happen and makes me more interested in seeing how they play her out, rather than going from Hiccup and Toothless playing to suddenly fighting an army.

      I mean, the mom herself is probably going to be introduced 30 minutes into the movie. Not much mystery or plot twist there..

  • Tres Swygert

    I’ll be so happy when people stop calling (or associating) animated films as ‘kids movies’.

    Aside from that, HTTYD 2 really looks amazing, and I’m anticipating for this film to come out next year! No Pixar? No worries, this movie will do just fine.

  • Close3k

    Y’know, on tumblr, one of the artists on the film warned followers not to watch the trailer ’cause he/she was against the fact that the studio just spoiled the major plot point. If the plot point is in one of the books, then no one should be surprised.

    • canimal

      Or maybe they should, considering the books and the movies are nothing alike in any way except for the setting and some of the names.

      • Spartan322

        Well, the movie takes a lot from the book. Many big things that happen in the movie are comparable to things in the book. It is pretty obvious that the movie derives much from the book. O f course there are billions of differences but the base of the book and movie are almost identical. So this is a very inaccurate thing to say. Simply, the movie and books are very comparable in many ways and not in others. What really makes you say this.

  • fish

    “weak camera and muddy lighting work”?? Really? You know that Roger Deakins was consulted for camera and lighting on this and the previous film, right? That’s part of why they look as amazing as they do, and the stories told in the films are so effective. Visual mish mash … you’re the first person I’ve come across to express such. Hopefully the last.

    • Hankenshift

      So what? Deakins is great–but he’s done lesser work. And “consult” doesn’t mean he did the job. He worked on Wall-e before httyd–and did better”consulting.” There. The camera and lighting on httyd was dark, muddy, and inconsistent.

      Coppola made “The Godfather” AND “Jack.”

      And yes, I’m aware Dean directed the first film–one of 4 or 5 directors total. And the person who made it work. It’ll be good to see him start from scratch.

      • Mark

        There were TWO directors on the first film, Deblois and Chris Sanders. Are you implying that Chris Sanders can’t tell a story????? As for your ridiculous criticism that the movie was too child-like and had bad cinematography….sounds like you’re bitter about something, in all honesty.

      • Sun

        HTTYD2 definitely has more bloom, but that doesn’t mean a lack of bloom automatically makes HTTYD1 bad. Maybe it was the color scheme they were going for, to match the concept art as much as possible.

        Why would the first movie have had harsh lights or bright colors anyway? They were in the middle of nowhere surrounded by dirt, trees, and apparently it was winter 75% of the time.

  • George Comerci

    Don’t like the spoiler but…..damn…..who else is excited! <3

  • canimal

    What a weird comment…. first of all I got a good chuckle out of most of it because its as if you didn’t even watch the movie. second, are you like completely unaware that the director is the same person who codirected the first film??

  • I was agreeing with you! I was referring to Mr. Amidi.

  • Cheese

    First poachers capturing birds from Blue Sky’s “Rio,” and now poachers capturing dragons in DreamWorks’ “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

  • Impatient

    ugh,I can’t wait!!!! I just want it to already be made so I can watch it!!!!