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  • Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    #149691

    I always wanted to start a movie thread, and seeing how nobody claimed this one, I figured I’d try it out.

    How To Train Your Dragon 2

    • Directed by: Dean DeBlois
    • Produced by: Bonnie Arnold
    • Exec. Produced by: Chris Sanders
    • Written by: Dean DeBlois
    • Music by: John Powell
    • Consultant: Roger Deakins
    • Based on: “How To Train Your Dragon” book series by Cressida Cowell

    CAST

    • Jay Baruchel as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
    • Gerard Butler as Stoick the Vast
    • America Ferrera as Astrid Hofferson
    • Craig Ferguson as Gobber the Belch
    • Jonah Hill as Snoutlout Jorgensen
    • Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs Ingerman
    • T.J. Miller as Tuffnut Thorston
    • Kristen Wiig as Ruffnut Thorston
    • Kit Harington as Eret (NEW CHARACTER)
    • Cate Blanchett as Valka (NEW CHARACTER)
    • Djimon Hounsou as Drago Bludvist (NEW CHARACTER)

    Synopsis:

    In this sequel to the 2010 animated film, Hiccup finds himself stuck in the middle of a war between vikings and dragons, and he must stand up for what he believes in and have the power to change the future for both dragons and human beings.

    TEASER TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68AqHwgk2s8

    TRAILER #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCWJL6D1SZA

    OFFICIAL WEBSITE: howtotrainyourdragon.com

     

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    ETPhoneHome
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    This looks like it could be as good as the first one, which I really liked. The plot sounds interesting, and I like how they made him significantly older this time around. I bet this is will be a big box office hit, like this year’s Despicable Me 2.

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    Andrew Eng
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    Hope this one delivers. I loved the first one and, if it wasn’t for Toy Story 3, I would’ve easily picked HTTYD as Best Animated Feature. With no Pixar movie this year, perhaps the sequel can take the crown, provided it delivers of course. 

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    ConMan
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    #149695

    Maybe, but remember that Chris Sanders has confirmed this to be a trilogy. My thinking is that the academy will reward the third one as their way of rewarding the whole trilogy, Lord Of The Rings style.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Final HTTYD2 trailer to show in front of Rio 2 in theatres April 11th.

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    Stardust
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    PREVIEW: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK OF ANIMATED SEQUELS
    http://www.filmannex.com/blogs/preview-how-to-train-your-dragon-2-the-empire-strikes-back-of-animated-sequels/192435

    I remember when they didn’t make sequels to animated films. DUMBO, PINOCCHIO, even the ones with numbers in like SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES; we were rightly spared movies that ‘continued the story.’ I for one don’t want to see BAMBI 2 when the deer is told, ‘your mother is alive.’ This is basically the premise of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, which really ought to take a leaf out of the HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER book. If there is a spin-off, change either the object or verb (HOW I MET YOUR BROTHER, HOW I DIVORCED YOUR MOTHER, HOW THE HECK DO I KNOW HOW THE DISHWASHER WORKS?)

    On Friday 4 April, I was lucky enough to watch the first hour of the new Dreamworks Animated sequel and I have to say without succumbing to spoilers that it is funny, exciting, tense and emotional. Director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold presented footage set to a temporary score that was basically 95% done – though you wouldn’t serve a chicken cooked to that ratio – and it was lapped up by the audience of bloggers, journalists and two children who skipped the last day of school – you’re ruining their future, people.

    DeBlois was on hand for a Q and A afterwards with the author of the books, Cressida Cowell. It is difficult to judge who was the most enthusiastic, Deblois who took a paternalistic pride in the baby-steps taken by his footage, Cowell who was bowled over by the flying sequences and ‘so many different dragons’ or the audience who after the footage suddenly ended collectively gasped ‘awww!’

    Deblois described the template as THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK which is to say, in the footage that we didn’t see, it gets very dark. If the template was THE JUNGLE BOOK 2, I’d be worried.

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON [was] set on the island of Berk, as opposed to Berkshire, which actually exists and which, during the recent winter, was also surrounded by water – it was a ‘different sort of rain’ that caused rivers to burst their banks and households to be flooded. I still don’t know why that bulldog in the Churchill Insurance commercials is so happy. The hero is Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) a fifteen year old misfit taught to fear dragons who befriends one, a Black Fury named Toothless. Toothless loses a wing which Hiccup patches up; Hiccup helps save Berk and loses a leg. He also wins the love of Astrid (America Ferrera). As one eight year-old boy put it in an anecdote told by DeBlois, ‘Hiccup loses a leg, but he gains so much more.’ That’s one astute eight year-old; I wonder if he’ll end up running a corporation.

    The sequel is set five years on to reflect the four and a quarter years between the original and this one. Dragons and humans live in perfect harmony; the opening recalls another film franchise. Hiccup is now 20 and, according to DeBlois, the local boy made good. He’s into mapping out distant lands and discovers that a bad guy, Drago Bloodfist (voiced by Djimon Hounsou) is raising a dragon army. Hiccup is convinced that he can reason with him (the film suggests a critique on the assumption that diplomacy can always work). Hiccup’s father, Stoic (Gerard Butler), who looks like a Scottish version of Obelix, but with a slightly bushier beard, wants to fortify the island.

    A better title for this sequel might be HOW TO PROTECT YOUR DRAGON – after all the STAR WARS films never simply just stuck a number after the title. The release title doesn’t really correlate to the narrative. Suffice to say that after a number of twists and turns, Hiccup encounters his biological mother, voiced by Cate Blanchett.

    ‘We were really lucky to get her,’ mused DeBlois. Blanchett manages a creditable Scottish accent and infuses the character with a believable sense of regret. They don’t give awards to vocal performances in animated movies, but on this evidence they should. She sings too!

    The voice cast from the original return for this. Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson and Kristen Wiig, whose character generated most of the laughs at the preview, reprise their characters and are joined by Kit Harrington from GAME OF THRONES; I feel sorry for him, not because he is lower down the bill but because he sounds like a character from DYNASTY.

    You might expect the author to want to protect her literary franchise, in the manner of J K Rowling, especially as she describes them as autobiographical. (‘It’s a long story – Stoic is my father.’) ‘I didn’t wander around the production like a discontented ghost,’ Cowell confessed. ‘I didn’t write the books as screenplays for movies.’ She was happy that the filmmakers went ahead and did their thing, though for her what is particularly great about them are the flying sequences; she admitted that she always wanted to fly on the back of a dragon. (Don’t be silly, at thirty thousand feet you’d run out of oxygen; why is it that Lois Lane doesn’t die when Superman takes her far up in the sky. ‘Lois, you’re all blue and rigid like Kryptonite, I don’t understand.’)

    DeBlois didn’t want to make another random sequel; in fact DRAGON 2 is the middle film of a projected trilogy. If THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is the model for DRAGON 2, then I for one hope that RETURN OF THE KING is the model for the third instalment.

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 opens in the summer; screening courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation. With thanks to Premier PR and Soho Hotel


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    babypook
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    PREVIEW: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK OF ANIMATED SEQUELS
    [url]http://www.filmannex.com/blogs/preview-how-to-train-your-dragon-2-the-empire-strikes-back-of-animated-sequels/192435[/url]

    I remember when they didn’t make sequels to animated films. DUMBO, PINOCCHIO, even the ones with numbers in like SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES; we were rightly spared movies that ‘continued the story.’ I for one don’t want to see BAMBI 2 when the deer is told, ‘your mother is alive.’ This is basically the premise of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, which really ought to take a leaf out of the HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER book. If there is a spin-off, change either the object or verb (HOW I MET YOUR BROTHER, HOW I DIVORCED YOUR MOTHER, HOW THE HECK DO I KNOW HOW THE DISHWASHER WORKS?)

    On Friday 4 April, I was lucky enough to watch the first hour of the new Dreamworks Animated sequel and I have to say without succumbing to spoilers that it is funny, exciting, tense and emotional. Director Dean DeBlois and producer Bonnie Arnold presented footage set to a temporary score that was basically 95% done – though you wouldn’t serve a chicken cooked to that ratio – and it was lapped up by the audience of bloggers, journalists and two children who skipped the last day of school – you’re ruining their future, people.

    DeBlois was on hand for a Q and A afterwards with the author of the books, Cressida Cowell. It is difficult to judge who was the most enthusiastic, Deblois who took a paternalistic pride in the baby-steps taken by his footage, Cowell who was bowled over by the flying sequences and ‘so many different dragons’ or the audience who after the footage suddenly ended collectively gasped ‘awww!’

    Deblois described the template as THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK which is to say, in the footage that we didn’t see, it gets very dark. If the template was THE JUNGLE BOOK 2, I’d be worried.

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON [was] set on the island of Berk, as opposed to Berkshire, which actually exists and which, during the recent winter, was also surrounded by water – it was a ‘different sort of rain’ that caused rivers to burst their banks and households to be flooded. I still don’t know why that bulldog in the Churchill Insurance commercials is so happy. The hero is Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) a fifteen year old misfit taught to fear dragons who befriends one, a Black Fury named Toothless. Toothless loses a wing which Hiccup patches up; Hiccup helps save Berk and loses a leg. He also wins the love of Astrid (America Ferrera). As one eight year-old boy put it in an anecdote told by DeBlois, ‘Hiccup loses a leg, but he gains so much more.’ That’s one astute eight year-old; I wonder if he’ll end up running a corporation.

    The sequel is set five years on to reflect the four and a quarter years between the original and this one. Dragons and humans live in perfect harmony; the opening recalls another film franchise. Hiccup is now 20 and, according to DeBlois, the local boy made good. He’s into mapping out distant lands and discovers that a bad guy, Drago Bloodfist (voiced by Djimon Hounsou) is raising a dragon army. Hiccup is convinced that he can reason with him (the film suggests a critique on the assumption that diplomacy can always work). Hiccup’s father, Stoic (Gerard Butler), who looks like a Scottish version of Obelix, but with a slightly bushier beard, wants to fortify the island.

    A better title for this sequel might be HOW TO PROTECT YOUR DRAGON – after all the STAR WARS films never simply just stuck a number after the title. The release title doesn’t really correlate to the narrative. Suffice to say that after a number of twists and turns, Hiccup encounters his biological mother, voiced by Cate Blanchett.

    ‘We were really lucky to get her,’ mused DeBlois. Blanchett manages a creditable Scottish accent and infuses the character with a believable sense of regret. They don’t give awards to vocal performances in animated movies, but on this evidence they should. She sings too!

    The voice cast from the original return for this. Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson and Kristen Wiig, whose character generated most of the laughs at the preview, reprise their characters and are joined by Kit Harrington from GAME OF THRONES; I feel sorry for him, not because he is lower down the bill but because he sounds like a character from DYNASTY.

    You might expect the author to want to protect her literary franchise, in the manner of J K Rowling, especially as she describes them as autobiographical. (‘It’s a long story – Stoic is my father.’) ‘I didn’t wander around the production like a discontented ghost,’ Cowell confessed. ‘I didn’t write the books as screenplays for movies.’ She was happy that the filmmakers went ahead and did their thing, though for her what is particularly great about them are the flying sequences; she admitted that she always wanted to fly on the back of a dragon. (Don’t be silly, at thirty thousand feet you’d run out of oxygen; why is it that Lois Lane doesn’t die when Superman takes her far up in the sky. ‘Lois, you’re all blue and rigid like Kryptonite, I don’t understand.’)

    DeBlois didn’t want to make another random sequel; in fact DRAGON 2 is the middle film of a projected trilogy. If THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is the model for DRAGON 2, then I for one hope that RETURN OF THE KING is the model for the third instalment.

    HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 opens in the summer; screening courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation. With thanks to Premier PR and Soho Hotel


    I’d say this blogger has very high expectations. I agree with what he says about voice overs however. Peter O’Toole comes to mind….

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    Empire Strikes Back of Animated Sequels? Holy crap. I am even more excited than I once was!

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    New, final trailer: youtube.com/watch?v=Q50qp9ujAHE

    Why can’t June 13th come already?

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    Stardust
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    Variety: The pressures to make a giant four-quadrant monstrosity must be enormous, and yet, like his unflappable hero Hiccup, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” writer-director Dean DeBlois has prevailed, serving up DreamWorks Animation’s strongest sequel yet — one that breathes fresh fire into the franchise, instead of merely rehashing the original. 
    http://variety.com/2014/film/reviews/cannes-film-review-how-to-train-y our-dragon-2-1201181707/ 

    Hitfix (A): ‘How To Train Your Dragon 2’ soars above most Hollywood franchise films 
    http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/review-how-to-train-your-dragon- 2-soars-above-most-hollywood-franchise-films#Tut5ZuFEMkyOSJRg.99 

    Total Film: Ultimately, How To Train Your Dragon 2 is a movie about growing up – not only for Hiccup and Toothless, but for DreamWorks, too. 
    http://www.totalfilm.com/news/cannes-2014-how-to-train-your-dragon-2-r eaction-review
     
    Hollywood Reporter: Technically stunning, and touchingly perceptive about the relationshipbetween people and animals, this is an impressive achievement but may be all a bit too much for younger viewers. 
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/how-train-your-dragon-2-704887 

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    Nothing better happen to that adorable dragon. Lol. I thought Toothless was the best thing about the first. (ok, so there will be at least a trilogy)

    Encouraging reviews. Nice.

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    So far, there is an 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with seven good reviews and zero bad reviews. 😀

    http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/how_to_train_your_dragon_2/

    One television spot called the film “Braver than Brave, more fun than Frozen or The LEGO Movie”

    If all this is true, then that animation Oscar has just become competitive again! 

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    http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/how-to-train-your-dragon-2-deserves-to-be-in-the-best-picture-oscar-discussion

    Kris Tapley of In Contention on hitfix.com believes How To Train Your Dragon 2 is good enough to be in the Best Picture discussion for this year’s Academy Awards! 

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    www.hitfix.com/in-contention/how-to-train-your-dragon-2-deserves-to-be-in-the-best-picture-oscar-discussion

    Kris Tapley of In Contention on hitfix.com believes How To Train Your Dragon 2 is good enough to be in the Best Picture discussion for this year’s Academy Awards! 

    I completely agree. Just returned from a screening and all I can say is I was floored by how awesome this film was. I loved the first one, but the one mops the floor with it. This should take Animated Film without question and be a top 10 BP contender. I have seen nothing better so far this year.

    Also got a 1 on 1 Q&A with writer/director Dean DeBlois who was awesome and confirms this is in fact a trilogy. Will be posting that up for the Derby soon. 

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    I will be seeing HTTYD2 on Saturday with my dad and brother-in-law (who are also fans of the first movie). Very excited to see it, the reviews have been absolutely glowing.

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