Web viewers today got a sneak peek at the upcoming DreamWorks animated feature How to Train Your Dragon 2. The pic, which is directed by Dean DeBlois and produced by Bonnie Arnold and Chris Sanders, arrives in theaters on June 20, 2014.
The sequel, which takes place five years after the events of the first movie finds our young Viking hero (Jay Baruchel) all grown up, but opting for a worldwide adventure on the back of Toothless the dragon. It’s in the Arctic region where he runs into the mysterious Valka (voiced by Cate Blanchett), who saves dragons from traps and hides them away in a refuge away from the evil Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou) and his assistant Eret (Kit Harington).
About the character of Valka, DeBlois says, “Somebody living with the animals and learning to communicate with them in non-verbal ways and becoming much like a dragon herself. Her years of isolation and dealing with nothing but dragons and being very sympathetic to them has made her very distrusting of humans. Hiccup both admires her but sees her as what his life could be like taken to the extreme…Valka’s life is not only learning about all (the dragons’) secrets and ways and living among them, but also playing among them…That’s part of what she can show Hiccup, things he’s never known about dragon behavior.”
Based on the original series by Cressida Cowell, this second chapter of the trilogy also features the voices of Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig who also participated in the first movie. The original 2010 pic was a huge critical and box office hit and made $494.9 million worldwide. It was nominated for two Academy Awards.
Here is the awesome new trailer: