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By the time How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes out, over four years will have passed since the first How to Train Your Dragon hit theaters. And rather than sit idly on the shelf waiting for DreamWorks Animation to bring them back, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), Toothless, and the rest of their companions have spent the interim growing up.

Since Hiccup revealed the truth about dragons, the flying fire-breathers have been welcomed by the people of Berk, and Hiccup and Toothless’s bond with each other has only deepened. Oh, and Hiccup has “Neville Longbottom-ed” us all by growing from a hopelessly gawky boy into a handsome man. All in all, life looks pretty good.

But the sequel has to have a story, and a story has to have a conflict. So some kind of trouble is brewing for the pair, as you can see in the trailer after the jump.

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A current U.S. President on a motion capture stage. That’s not something you see every day. But it happened Tuesday when President Barack Obama visited DreamWorks Animation to talk to the company (which is headed by major Obama contributor and fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg). The President called the entertainment industry “one of the bright spots of our economy” and got a tour of the facility.

One of the stops was the motion capture stage where How to Train Your Dragon 2 director Dean DeBlois explained and demonstrated the technique for the President. And, as a bonus, there’s some new footage from the 2014 sequel. Check out the video below. Read More »

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One of the advantages of an animated sequel is that the characters never really have to get older if the filmmakers don’t want them to. They can even regress in age, as Sulley (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal) did for this summer’s Monsters University, twelve years after Monsters Inc. first came out.

But the folks behind How to Train Your Dragon 2 have chosen to keep their characters aging more or less in “real” time, so the sequel features a handsome, grown-up Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) rather than the bumbling teen we met in the first film. His trusty companion Toothless, however, remains more or less the same. Check out the new teaser poster after the jump.

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We won’t see the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon for another three years — the as-yet untitled film is set to release on June 20, 2014. But work on the movie is underway, and writer/director Dean DeBlois has issued a small update on the production. He confirms that work is underway on the storyboards, and seems to confirm Jay Baruchel‘s suggestion that the series is planned as a trilogy. Read More »

After its incredible success, we all knew a sequel to How To Train Your Dragon was inevitable, especially since the film was based on the first of a series of books by Cressida Cowell. DreamWorks quickly made number two official and last week locked in a very early release date for the film, June 20, 2014. The sequel, written and directed by Dean DeBlois, will see the return of several of the original voices actors such as Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill,  TJ Miller, Kristen Wiig and Gerard Butler. Also returning, of course, is Jay Baruchel, who plays the lead role of Hiccup, and at a recent reunion for his television show, Undeclared, Baruchel gave us the latest on the highly anticipated animated sequel which he said was “the second act of a three act thing.” Watch him talk about it and read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

Dean DeBlois is pulling together the cast for his sequel to How to Train Your Dragon. Most of the original cast has already been locked, including: Jay Baruchel as Hiccup; Craig Ferguson as Belch; America Ferrera as Astrid; Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs; Jonah Hill as Snotlout; TJ Miller as Ruffnut and Kristen Wiig as Tuffnut. Now Gerard Butler has been confirmed to return as well, and cinematographer Roger Deakins will once more be on board to supervise the lighting work. (Many people don’t realize he had anything to do with the first film, it seems. Great that he’s back.)

The director gave the info to Empire and you can see a video of him talking about the film after the break. Read More »

Producer Tim Johnson has described the announced sequel for How to Train Your Dragon as “a much bigger movie,” and Dreamworks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg stated that the How To Train Your Dragon series will have  “at least three” chapters “maybe more.” Co-director Dean DeBlois explains how the sequel, and future of the series, will expand the story to other worlds.

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Last year, How to Train Your Dragon seemed like a move in the right direction for DreamWorks Animation: a character-oriented film that had great action and, contrary to some of the studio’s work, didn’t seem to be pandering to the audience. We know that there will be at least one sequel, with several films tentatively planned overall, and that a spin-off TV show is also in the works. But until now we didn’t know much at all about the plans for that material.

We still don’t know a lot, but producer Tim Johnson has gone on the record about the first sequel and the vague plans for the show. And fortunately, they’re right in line with the original film. Read More »

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