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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 ... 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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Trivia

The only film in the "How to Train Your Dragon" series to be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, since the end of DreamWorks Animation's deal with Paramount Pictures in 2012, and with Universal taking over in 2018, a year before the third film's release. See more »

Goofs

When Valka and Hiccup bond while flying around with the dragons after getting fish, Valka climbs around on the dragons at the thermal, and the dragons are shown to be next to weightless due to the strong air currents. Yet somehow Valka is able to fall a couple feet to reach Cloudjumper, when only moments ago she needed her staff to hold on to Toothless to avoid floating higher. 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

Like the first film, they are no opening credits. The title of the film doesn't show up until the very beginning of the credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2019 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray print begins with the 2013 Universal Pictures logo plastered over the 2010 20th Century Fox logo. See more »


Soundtracks

Pot of Gold
(uncredited)
Written by Game (as The Game), Chris Brown, Sam Hook and Alex Schwartz
Performed by Chris Brown and Game (as The Game)
Produced by The Futuristics
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Train Your Dragon 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$145,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,451,322, 15 June 2014

Gross USA:

$177,002,924

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$621,537,519
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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