The kids and I watched the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon over the weekend. The animated film is entertaining and will appeal to both kids and parents. In our case, we had already seen the Dragon 2 movie at the theater last June. We loved it then and still love it now. I actually prefer to watch the movie at home because then I can pause for snacks and bathroom breaks. BTW, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is the second installment in the trilogy. The third movie will be released in 2016. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment) is available now on Blu-ray and DVD. Continue reading to learn eight things about the animated movie.
Eight Things About How to Train Your Dragon 2
The main characters are teenagers now
How to Train Your Dragon 2 takes place five years after the first movie. In the first movie, a young Viking boy named Hiccup learned how to ride a dragon and then trained other kids to ride dragons too. In the sequel, everyone in Berk (a Viking island) now knows how to ride dragons. The new adventure begins when Hiccup stumbles across a group of dragon trappers. They are raising a dragon army for the evil Drago Bludvist. According to Hiccup’s dad, Drago intends to conquer them and they must prepare for war.
Hiccup is like his mom
In the second installment of How to Train Your Dragon, Hiccup meets his mom (Valka), who was supposedly killed by dragons when Hiccup was a baby. Turns out that was not true. Valka has been living with dragons. Like Hiccup, she is a free spirit and has been on a mission to save dragons. This of course is the opposite of what Hiccup’s dad (Stoick) is like. Stoick believes in rules and has a fight first mentality.
Dragons are like wolves
In How to Train Your Dragon 2, there is an alpha king dragon that can control all dragons. The king dragon is like an alpha wolf, and everyone in the pack has to obey the alpha. Resistance is futile. Everything is fine with the dragons until Drago Bludvist’s alpha defeats the good alpha and takes control of all the other dragons — even Hiccup’s dragon, Toothless.
There’s an ice-breathing dragon
Speaking of alphas, the alpha dragons freeze everything with their breaths instead of setting everything on fire. I’m not sure I like the idea of an ice-breathing dragon, but it is an interesting twist on what dragons can do.
Kids don’t listen
Remember, when I said the alpha dragon controls all the other dragons? That’s not actually completely true. Like human children, very young dragons don’t listen to anyone either — including the alpha dragon. This is actually a key fact when the alpha dragon turns all the adult dragons evil.
Vikings know how to play Quidditch
The story begins and ends with a Quidditch match. The game isn’t actually Quidditch, but it reminds me of the Harry Potter game. In this version, the kids ride dragons instead of broomsticks. And instead of Quaffle balls, the riders throw sheep into a barrel. There’s also a Golden Snitch, which is really a black sheep in the dragon rider version.
Cate Blanchett joins the cast
All the voices in How to Train Your Dragon 2 were excellent. Voices that stood out were Cate Blanchett (Valka), Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), and America Ferrera (Astrid). Other voices included Gerard Butler (Stoick), Craig Ferguson (Gobber), Jonah Hill (Snotlout), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fishlegs), T.J. Miller (Tuffnut), Kristen Wiig (Ruffnut), Djimon Hounsou (Drago), Kit Harington (Eret), Kieron Elliott (Hoark the Haggard), Philip McGrade (Starkard), Andrew Ableson (Ug), and Gideon Emery (Teeny). How to Train Your Dragon 2 was directed by Dean DeBlois.
The animated movie is rated PG
The 102-minute film is rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor. A few of the fighting scenes might be a little intense for very young children, but otherwise How to Train Your Dragon 2 is fine for people of all ages.
More info: How to Train Your Dragon 2 Blu-ray
[Disclosure: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me the movie for review on my dad blog. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]