HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010) was immensely successful for DreamWorks Animation, and was a runaway critical and commercial hit. We now return to the animated world of Dragons and Vikings, and this second thrilling chapter is a sweeping and very imaginative fantasy adventure, and the intelligent storytelling of the original has been beautifully expanded with ambitious high-speed battle sequences. This is an inspired piece of escapism, heavily infused with more of that independent spirit with a slightly off-kilter aesthetic, that enriched the original movie. Starring the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou.
It has been five years since Hiccup and Toothless the dragon, successfully united all the dragons and Vikings on the island of Berk. Dragons are now an important part of everyone’s daily life, and every dragon is depicted in wondrous vibrant and colourful detail. Hiccup is now older, and hoping to prove himself as a hero, and with his playful and loyal dragon pal Toothless, this inseparable duo must protect the peace, when they inadvertently discover a new land, a secret ice cave with hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, a land where these people work with their dragons for a different purpose.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 is that rare film that encourages children to think for themselves, so much more important than just teaching children what to think about the world around them. For your children, some parts will require you to provide detailed explanation and discussion, all of which makes this a superior animated movie, that will mean more and matter more to your children over time.
Highly recommended and cinema-goers should choose to see the especially stunning 3D cinema version, even better the huge IMAX 3D version.
Sydney cinemas release date: 26 June 2014
OFLC Classification: rated PG (Mild fantasy themes and violence), 102 minutes.
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