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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

Director:

Dean DeBlois

Writers:

Dean DeBlois, Cressida Cowell (based upon the "How to Train Your Dragon" book series by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jay Baruchel ... Hiccup (voice)
Cate Blanchett ... Valka (voice)
Gerard Butler ... Stoick (voice)
Craig Ferguson ... Gobber (voice)
America Ferrera ... Astrid (voice)
Jonah Hill ... Snotlout (voice)
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Fishlegs (voice)
T.J. Miller ... Tuffnut (voice)
Kristen Wiig ... Ruffnut (voice)
Djimon Hounsou ... Drago (voice)
Kit Harington ... Eret (voice)
Kieron Elliott Kieron Elliott ... Hoark the Haggard (voice)
Philip McGrade Philip McGrade ... Starkard (voice)
Andrew Ableson ... Ug (voice)
Gideon Emery ... Teeny (voice)
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Storyline

It's been five years since Hiccup and Toothless successfully united dragons and vikings on the island of Berk. While Astrid, Snotlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island's new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace. Now, Hiccup and Toothless must unite to stand up for what they believe while recognizing that only together do they have the power to change the future of both men and dragons. Written by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Train Your Dragon 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,451,322, 15 June 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$177,002,924

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$621,537,519
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Was the frontrunner for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but lost to Big Hero 6 (2014). See more »

Goofs

During the first two times when Hiccup flies with his flight suit, something appears in front of him, requiring Toothless to save him. However, Hiccup could have just turned around or gone straight down until Toothless could reach him, rather than panic helplessly while flying towards the impending object. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hiccup: [narrating] This is Berk, the best kept secret this side of, well, anywhere. Granted, it may not look like much, but this wet heap of rock packs more than a few surprises. Life here is amazing, just not for the faint of heart. You see, where most folks enjoy hobbies like whittling or needlepoint, we Berkians prefer a little something we like to call... DRAGON RACING!
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Crazy Credits

2 versions of the Dreamworks Animation logo are used at the beginning. The first one is a 20th anniversary logo and the second one is a version similar to the one in the first film. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also released in a 3D version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Charlize Theron/The Black Keys (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Into a Fantasy
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Written and Performed by Alexander Rybak
[Closing credits music in European versions of film]
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Worthy of the Hopes and Expectations You Are Afraid to Carry into the Theater
11 June 2014 | by luke-salewskiSee all my reviews

Unfortunately the marketing for this film is subpar and misleading, as it was for the first one. My best advice to you is ***AVOID THE TRAILERS AT ALL COSTS. They include major spoilers to some very emotional points in the film.

This is another level of animated film, one that gracefully crosses generational gaps and will speak volumes to any age group. Because of the critical and audience acclaim of the beloved predecessor, many are afraid that a sequel will not match the mastery of the first one, that this would be created purely as a money-making gimmick, like many Hollywood sequels. If these are your presumptions, you couldn't be more wrong. This film is worthy of all the hopes and expectations you are afraid to carry into the theater. DeBlois has told us a moving story, one that won't be soon forgotten, that so many of us will connect with. At Comic Con 2013, DeBlois said that this was "The Empire Strikes Back" of the trilogy. That is a hefty promise, which he has successfully delivered.

The world of HTTYD2 has been vastly expanded and explored, very little of the film takes place on Berk. It is much more of an adventure film. The film has taken everything from HTTYD to the next level: emotion, intensity, action, adventure, humor, and depth. It takes risks I have seen so few animated films take, full of twists and turns, that will keep you engaged and invested.

For me the film could have had a stronger beginning, a few less childish jokes, and a bit slower pacing (probably should have been about 10 minutes longer). Other than some very nit-picky notes, that is literally the worst that I can say about it.

HTTYD2 is a phenomenal film and will deservedly pick up the academy award for best animated film of the year. John Powell, will again be nominated (and hopefully win) for his inventively emotional score.

This was my most anticipated film of the past two years and it does not disappoint. The four years of work on it show, as it is a polished film. It is one of those rare films that inspires. And one of the few that you walk out of the theater feeling so much emotion and thinking "Gosh, I can't wait to see that again."


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