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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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  • Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 13 June 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 102 min
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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

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  • IMDb page: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
  • Rate: 8.4/10 total 48,853 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 13 June 2014 (USA)
  • Runtime: 102 min
  • Budget: $145,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $167,354,057 (USA) (31 July 2014)
  • Director: Dean DeBlois
  • Stars: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: John Powell   
  • Soundtrack: Lullaby
  • Sound Mix: Auro 11.1 | Dolby Atmos | Datasat | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Dragon | Viking | Dreamworks Animated Film | Death Of Husband | Sacrifice

Writing Credits By:

  • Dean DeBlois (written by)
  • Cressida Cowell ("How to Train Your Dragon" book series)

Known Trivia

  • When offered the sequel, Dean DeBlois accepted it on condition he can turn it into a trilogy. For the sequel, he intends to revisit the films of his youth, with Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) having the pivotal inspiration for the film. “What I loved especially about Empire is that it expanded Star Wars in every direction: emotionally, its scope, characters, fun. It felt like an embellishment and that’s the goal.” Dean further explained, “I find it dangerous to second-guess the audience. I want to make the movie which I want to see. As a kid, I loved films that had a darker side and were emotionally challenging…. ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ was a big influence. It offered a heightened sense of emotion. It really served as a tonal model.” Dean DeBlois admitted in an interview at the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival about the improper use of making animated motion picture sequels. “I think too often animation sequels seem unnecessary. They turn the same five or six characters into another adventure.” Upon accepting the task to write and direct the sequel, DeBlois went to DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and pitched a completely different approach: “I told him I was interested if he would consider the idea of a trilogy, because then the first film could serve as a first act in a larger narrative on the way to an overall coming-of-age story where Hiccup would become a wise Viking chief, and we could end on roughly the same concept as Cressida Cowell’s book, explaining why the dragons disappeared.” With the decision to set the sequel five years after the events, it would work best for the story and DeBlois’ ambition. “That way, we could avoid the problem that is often faced by sequels where you start with a character who had all his problems seemingly solved in the first film.” 224 of 230 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Valka was originally written as the villain, but this idea was dropped in later drafts. Also, Drago was intended to appear in the third film, but was bumped up to the second one. 60 of 60 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Dean DeBlois asked Cate Blanchett to play the role of Valka during the 2011 awards season where How to Train Your Dragon (2010) was being campaigned for Academy Award recognition. “I told her that I had written the part for her in How To Train Your Dragon 2. And she smiled, saying that the (original) movie was “a big hit in her household with her three boys,” said DeBlois. “I told her about the character, and I could see it blossoming in her mind.” DeBlois wanted Blanchett to play Valka, because he knew she could strike the right balance of “rich and commanding,” mixed with a sense of “regret and vulnerability” that the part called for. 114 of 116 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The first DreamWorks Animation film to use its new animation and lighting software through the entire production. Programs named “Premo” and “Torch” will allow much more “subtlety, in facial animation, the sense of fat, jiggle, loose skin, the sensation of skin moving over muscle instead of masses moving together.” Dean DeBlois said, “I think the film looks a lot better than the first. In addition, our film is the first to showcase a whole new generation of software that has been developed at DreamWorks called Apollo. In past versions, if you wanted to do something as simple as arch an eyebrow, you would have to select the eyebrow from a menu and input what degree of arch you would want, enter that numerical amount, and wait for that to render,” whereas the new system allows them to work in a much more intuitive way, using a stylus and touch-sensitive Cyntiq monitor to grab and manipulate the characters, which now render in real-time. “It allows animators to go back to working with their hands.” 166 of 171 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Hiccup is left-handed. 141 of 145 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • According to the movie’s official website, Hiccup is meant to be around 6 feet tall. This is something he shares in common with his voice actor Jay Baruchel, who’s known for his tall, slender build. 73 of 74 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Gobber is the first openly homosexual character in a DreamWorks Animation film. This is evidenced when he says the reason he never married was because of the arguing. He then adds, “Well, this and another reason.” Writer-director Dean DeBlois told E! News, “When we were recording Craig Ferguson, I had written the line, ‘This is why I never got married,’ and he, as he often does, added it as an ad lib and he said, ‘Yup, Gobber is coming out of the closet.'” 128 of 140 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The music in the film’s teaser trailer was “Beyond the Clouds”, written and conducted by Audiomachine. 65 of 71 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Chris Sanders, co-writer and co-director of How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Dean DeBlois’ collaborator since Lilo & Stitch (2002), will not return to write and direct the sequel, due to his involvement with The Croods (2013); although, he will only executive-produce the film. 40 of 47 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • The first How to Train Your Dragon film to be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, since the end of DreamWorks Animation’s deal with Paramount Pictures in 2012. 59 of 72 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Plot: 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. Full summary »  »

Story: 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 byTwentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Synopsis

Synopsis: Five years after the Viking village of Berk has made peace with the dragons, dragons now live amongst the villagers as working animals and companions, and even take part in racing sport. Hiccup goes on adventures with his dragon, Toothless, as they discover and map unexplored lands and territories. Having come of age, he is being pressed by his father, Stoick the Vast, to succeed him as chieftain, although Hiccup remains unsure if he is ready for this responsibility.

While investigating a wildfire, Hiccup and Astrid discover the remains of a fort encased in a colossal ice formation and encounter a dragon trapper named Eret, who blames them for the destruction of his fort and attempts to capture their dragons for an insane conqueror called Drago Bludvist. The two riders return to Berk to warn Stoick about the dragon army that Drago is amassing, and Stoick orders the villagers to fortify the island and prepare for battle. Instead deciding to attempt to reason with Drago, Hiccup flies off with Astrid and they surrender themselves and their dragons to Eret so as to be taken to Drago. However, Stoick, Gobber and Berk’s other dragon riders pursue and find them.

Stoick explains he once met Drago before and that he was an unreasonable madman, but Hiccup refuses to believe that war is inevitable and again flies off with Toothless. They are captured by a dragon rider named Valka, who is revealed to be Hiccup’s long lost mother. She explains that she spent twenty years rescuing dragons from Drago’s traps and bringing them to an island haven created out of ice by a colossal Alpha dragon called a Bewilderbeast, to whom all dragons answer. Stoick tracks Hiccup to the island where he discovers that his wife is still alive. Simultaneously, Astrid and the other riders kidnap Eret so as to find Drago, but they are also captured and Drago thus learns of Berk’s dragons.

Drago and his army lay siege to Valka’s sanctuary, where he reveals that he has his own Bewilderbeast to challenge the Alpha. A titanic battle then ensues between the two Bewilderbeasts in a fight for control over all dragons on the island. Drago’s Bewilderbeast emerges victorious and seizes control of all the dragons, including Toothless. Hiccup tries to persuade Drago to end the violence, but Drago orders him killed as well. Toothless, under the influence of the new Alpha, approaches Hiccup and fires a plasma blast. At the last instant, Stoick pushes Hiccup out of the way, and is hit instead, killing him instantly. Drago leaves Hiccup to his fate and, riding Toothless, leads his now larger army to destroy Berk. Stoick is given a ship burial and Hiccup, now filled with regret at the loss of his father, decides that he will fly back to Berk to defend his people and live up to his father’s legacy.

The dragon riders ride baby dragons, which are immune to the Bewilderbeast’s control, and arrive at Berk after the Alpha had already attacked the village and taken control of the dragons there. Hiccup confronts Drago and a brainwashed Toothless while the other riders work to distract the Bewilderbeast. Drago again orders Toothless to kill Hiccup, but Hiccup succeeds in disenchanting Toothless. Drago then orders the Alpha to shoot the pair, and the Bewilderbeast successfully encases them in a large blast of ice, seemingly killing them. His victory is short-lived however, as Toothless, now glowing with plasma, blasts away the ice, revealing that both he and Hiccup are unharmed. Toothless challenges the Alpha and repeatedly fires plasma blasts at the Bewilderbeast. At this, the other dragons are freed from the Bewilderbeast’s control and all fire at it, severely injuring the colossal dragon until Toothless fires a final massive blast, breaking its left tusk.

Defeated, Drago and his Bewilderbeast retreat into the ocean as the villagers celebrate their victory. All the dragons acknowledge Toothless as the new Alpha dragon, and Hiccup is made chief of Berk by the village elder. The film ends with Berk being rebuilt with a statue of Stoick erected in his honor, and Hiccup doing his duties as chief, proudly declaring that while others may have armies and armadas, Berk has its own dragons.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Bonnie Arnold known as producer
  • Michael A. Connolly known as co-producer
  • Doug Davison known as co-producer
  • Dean DeBlois known as executive producer
  • Aaron Dem known as associate producer
  • Kendra Haaland known as co-producer
  • Roy Lee known as co-producer
  • Chris Sanders known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jay Baruchel known as Hiccup (voice)
  • Cate Blanchett known as Valka (voice)
  • Gerard Butler known as Stoick (voice)
  • Craig Ferguson known as Gobber (voice)
  • America Ferrera known as Astrid (voice)
  • Jonah Hill known as Snotlout (voice)
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse known as Fishlegs (voice)
  • T.J. Miller known as Tuffnut (voice)
  • Kristen Wiig known as Ruffnut (voice)
  • Djimon Hounsou known as Drago (voice)
  • Kit Harington known as Eret (voice)
  • Kieron Elliott known as Hoark the Haggard (voice)
  • Philip McGrade known as Starkard (voice)
  • Andrew Ableson known as Ug (voice)
  • Gideon Emery known as Teeny (voice)
  • Simon Kassianides known as No-Name (voice)
  • Randy Thom known as Toothless (voice)
  • Derek Blankenship known as Jacob (voice) (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Art Department:

  • Yuchung Peter Chan known as visual development artist
  • Paul Fisher known as storyboard artist
  • Bill Kaufmann known as visual development artist
  • Iuri Lioi known as visual development artist
  • Marcos Mateu Mestre known as visual development artist
  • John Puglisi known as storyboard artist
  • William T. Silvers Jr. known as matte painter
  • Nicolas Weis known as visual development artist

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Company

Production Companies:

  • DreamWorks Animation
  • Mad Hatter Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • DreamWorks Animation  post production sound services by
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency (uncredited)
  • L.A. Mad Dogs  ADR voice casting (as L.A. Maddogs)
  • POP Sound  ADR recording
  • Relativity Music Group  soundtrack

Distributors:

  • 20th Century Fox Netherlands (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through Warner Bros.)
  • 20th Century Fox (2014) (France) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2014) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox de Argentina (2014) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox of Germany (2014) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Big Picture 2 Films (2014) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • CJ Entertainment (2014) (South Korea) (theatrical)
  • InterCom (2014) (Hungary) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2014) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Oriental DreamWorks (2014) (China) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2014) (Armenia) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2014) (Azerbaijan) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2014) (Belarus) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2014) (Kazakhstan) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox C.I.S. (2014) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (2014) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2014) (Netherlands) (theatrical) (through)

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Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:

  • Fernanda S. Abarca known as surfacing artist
  • Motohisa Adachi known as effects developer
  • William E. Arias known as lighting
  • Mira Arte known as character effects artist
  • Nicholas Augello known as character effects artist
  • David Badgerow known as final layout artist
  • Christian Barrett known as technical director
  • David Bazelon known as additional crowds artist
  • Shiben Bhattacharjee known as visual effects artist
  • Alan Blevins known as lighting technical director
  • Naveen Kumar Bolla known as effects technical director
  • Silviu Borac known as senior r&d engineer
  • Eric Bouffard known as matte painting supervisor
  • Scott Brisbane known as head of matte painting
  • Max Bruce known as computer graphics supervisor
  • Jeff Budsberg known as visual effects
  • Trisha Butkowski known as character technical director
  • Kevin Carney known as character fx artist
  • Kevin Chaohwa Chang known as character effects technical director
  • Yiqun Chen known as character effects
  • David S. Cheng known as technical director
  • Wes Chilton known as visual effects artist
  • Ariel Chisholm known as lighting artist
  • Tim Chrismer known as lighting technical assistant
  • Hannah Christensen known as crowd technical director
  • Stephen Timothy Cooney known as visual effects artist (as Stephen Cooney)
  • Christina N. de Juan known as character technical director
  • Paolo deGuzman known as surfacing supervisor
  • Joe DiCesare known as matte painter
  • Craig Dowsett known as modeler
  • Willem Drees known as cg supervisor
  • David Drell known as character technical director
  • Christopher Lynn Edwards known as lighting technical director
  • Avedis Ekmekjian known as lead lighter
  • Charles Ellison known as modeler
  • Marcus Erbar known as character effects technical director
  • Cassandra Fanning known as lead image finaling artist
  • Oliver Finkelde known as head of character effects: DreamWorks
  • Louis Flores known as additional effects
  • Louis Flores known as visual effects artist
  • Edwin Fong known as surfacer: Dreamworks Feature Animation
  • Ted Forgrave known as global development
  • Mariana Galindo known as lead character effects animator
  • Jack Geckler known as crowds artist
  • Amber Geisler known as image finaling artist
  • Jonathan Gibbs known as workflow director
  • Navjit Singh Gill known as lighting/compositing
  • Dan Golembeski known as supervising technical director
  • Ben Guastella known as character fx artist
  • Surya Gullapalli known as r&d engineer
  • Bill Gumina known as image finaling artist
  • Dorien Gunnels known as lighting artist
  • Corey Hels known as rough layout artist: DreamWorks Animation
  • Ian Henckel known as technical director
  • Greg Hettinger known as surfacing artist
  • Nathan Hughes Hillier known as character effects artist
  • Robert Holder known as lighter: DreamWorks
  • Carl Hooper known as visual effects artist
  • Joe Hughes known as character effects artist
  • Robbin Huntingdale known as surfacing artist
  • C. Jin Im known as lead lighter
  • Rohit Jain known as character effects artist
  • Aaron James McComas known as effects animator
  • DaYoon Jang known as image finaling artist
  • Lucas Janin known as effects developer
  • Jaskirat Singh Jassal known as technical director
  • Jeffrey Jose known as lead technical director
  • Terry Kaleas known as visual effects artist
  • Yagna Kalyanaraman known as r&d engineer
  • Aniraj Kesavan known as r&d engineer
  • Jaideep Khadilkar known as visual effects artist
  • Lisa Kim known as lead lighter
  • Kelly Kin known as additional lighter
  • Spencer Knapp known as crowds developer
  • Robert Kopinsky known as visual effects lead
  • Li-Lian Ku known as character technical director
  • Domin Lee known as lead visual effects
  • Fangwei Lee known as visual effects
  • Li-Ming 'Lawrence' Lee known as head of effects
  • Matt Lee known as visual effects: previz
  • Matthew Leishman known as character effects artist
  • David Lewis known as lighter
  • Kieron Cheuk-Chi Lo known as lighter
  • Nathan Loofbourrow known as character technical director
  • Marc Machuca known as lead image finaling artist
  • Marco Marquez known as image finaling artist
  • Vaideeswaran Mathappan known as r&d engineer
  • Himanshu Maurya known as r&d engineer
  • Jason Mayer known as lead effects artist
  • Jayanta Mazumder known as modeler
  • Campbell McGrouther known as lighter
  • Mark A. McGuire known as head of production pipeline
  • Carson McKay known as surfacing artist
  • Phil 'Captain 3D' McNally known as stereoscopic supervisor
  • Peter Megow known as character effects artist
  • David B. Menkes known as lighting and compositing
  • Anthony Meschi known as lead image finaling artist
  • Candice Miller known as character technical director
  • John R. Miller known as technical director
  • Cliff B. Mitchell known as character technical director
  • Mohammad Mohsin known as r&d engineer
  • Travis Mosley known as technical director
  • William Moten known as additional crowds artist
  • Elizabeth Muhm known as technical director
  • Rahul Mullick known as visual effects artist
  • Stephanie Mulqueen known as visual effects artist
  • Maninya Murthy known as r&d engineer
  • Ken Museth known as r&d supervisor
  • Tomijann Nabors known as surfacer
  • Naren Naidoo known as image finaling artist: DreamWorks Animation
  • Abhijit Nandy known as r&d engineer
  • Colleen O'Hagan known as technical director
  • Kevin Ochs known as supervising character technical director
  • Rohan Oka known as texture artist
  • Christy Page known as lighting technical assistant
  • Sudipta Panja known as modeling artist
  • Rupali Parekh known as cg lighting artist
  • Hongseo Park known as character technical director
  • Keyur Patel known as surfacing artist
  • Atul Patil known as r&d engineer
  • Matthew Paulson known as head of modeling
  • Prashant Pawar known as surfacing artist
  • Andrew Pearce known as director of reseach and development
  • Joseph Piercy known as hair / fur lead
  • Bert Poole known as cg supervisor
  • Preet Prasannan known as r&d engineer
  • Andrew Pungprakearti known as surfacing artist
  • Sahil Ramani known as r&d engineer
  • Brian Ratchford known as surfacing artist
  • Joshua F. Richards known as crowds artist
  • Kevin Rodgers known as character technical director
  • Max Rodriguez known as Character Effects Artist
  • Milton E. Rodriguez-Rios known as lighting artist
  • Justin Rosen known as technical director
  • Wade Ryer known as character technical director
  • Kendal Sager known as character technical director
  • K L Sateesh Varma known as compositor
  • Paul Schoeni known as modeler
  • Marc Scott known as lead lighter
  • Priyes Shah known as senior lighting and compositing artist
  • Vaibhav Shah known as modeling artist
  • Hannah Sherman known as lighting artist
  • Dmitry Shklyar known as lighting technical assistant
  • Ehsan Shokrgozar known as technical director
  • Ruhi Sinha known as lighting artist
  • Utkarsh Sinha known as technical director
  • Dan Smiczek known as crowds artist: DreamWorks Animation
  • Kirill Smolskiy known as lighting artist
  • Jaryd Snover known as character technical director
  • Steven Sorensen known as layout artist
  • Christopher Sprunger known as lighting artist
  • Dug Stanat known as character technical director
  • James Stapp known as modeler
  • Timothy Steele known as character effects artist
  • Kemer Stevenson known as character fx artist
  • Satheesh Subramanian known as R&D Manager
  • Satheesh Subramanian known as research and development manager
  • Hong Suck Suh known as digital artist
  • Jyothi Kalyan Sura known as technical director
  • Ben Sutherland known as visual effects artist
  • Bonnie Tai known as pipeline development TD (as Bonnie Tai Shimomi)
  • Osamu Takehiro known as lead lighter
  • Varun Talwar known as technical director
  • Suan Ching Tan known as surfacing artist
  • Frederic Tarabout known as surfacing artist
  • Don Taylor known as lighter
  • Blessan Thevalethu Abraham known as lead research & development engineer
  • Shannon Thomas known as digital modeler
  • Michael T. Thompson known as image finaling artist
  • James Thornton known as crowd supervisor
  • Nigel W. Tierney known as technical director
  • Stacey Truman known as surfacing artist
  • Sachin Tyagi known as character effects artist
  • Ajay Upadhyaya known as lead lighter
  • Katie Van Maanen known as visual effects artist (as Katie Penney)
  • Sophie Van Ronsele known as image finaling artist
  • Benjamin Venancie known as lead lighter
  • Venu Victor known as effects lead
  • Dave Walvoord known as visual effects supervisor
  • Victor Wang known as r&d technology
  • Victor Wang known as visual effects: r&d technology
  • Nathan Warner known as pre-visualization artist
  • Brent Watkins known as global development
  • Ferris Webby known as character technical director
  • Andrew Wheeler known as visual effects artist
  • David I. White known as light engineer
  • David D. Wilson known as pipeline engineer
  • Youxi Woo known as visual effects artist
  • Joanna Wu known as cg supervisor
  • Ken Yao known as character effects
  • Nate Yellig known as character effects lead
  • Ji Hyun Yoon known as visual effects
  • Guido Zimmermann known as lead character technical director
  • Jeffrey Wike known as head of research & development (uncredited)

MPAA: Rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor

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