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Rated PG · 102 minutes · 2014
Picking up where the first film left off, at least in terms of the investment from the audience, “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is what we always hope sequels will be but rarely are. In truth, sequels are trending a little better than they used to, but second-parters are still a damaged brand. In this instance, though, it’s more of that great 3-D animation, the return of familiar characters, some storyline maturation, and a few carefully chosen new additions who don’t overtake what we loved about the first film. With the help of his best friend/pet dragon, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) has to battle the nefarious Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou) in order to save all the dragons from enslavement. Bludvist is a particularly harrowing villain for kiddie movies, but it’s another in a long list of things this sequel gets right.


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Official Site: www.howtotrainyourdragon.com
Director: Dean DeBlois
Producer: Bonnie Arnold, Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou and Kit Harington

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Colorado Springs Independent How to Train Your Dragon 2 shows DreamWorks strong at 20 This sequel heads in a more interesting direction, picking up five years later with the seaside Viking village of Berk now firmly settled into a new normal of dragons as their trusted companions, to the extent that they've developed some dragon-flying variation on Quidditch. by Scott Renshaw 06/11/2014
Indy Week How to Train Your Dragon 2 soars on spectacular animation and unusually high stakes How to Train Your Dragon 2 is an ambitious and pleasant surprise by Zack Smith 06/11/2014
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The Coast Halifax How to Train Your Dragon 2 Top notch! by Lindsay Raining Bird 07/03/2014
Inlander Where's the Fire? How to Train Your Dragon 2 lacks the spark of its predecessor by Seth Sommerfeld 06/11/2014
LA Weekly How to Train Your Dragon 2 Brings Back One of Most Beautiful Characters in Animation History If you ever have days when you prefer animals to human beings, How to Train Your Dragon 2 is your kind of movie. In some ways the second entry in this animated franchise is inferior to the first, released in 2010: The plot is needlessly busy, and much of the... by Stephanie Zacharek 06/13/2014

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