How To Train Your Dragon 2 is out now in theaters – we had a chance to check out an advanced screening in 3D and came away enjoying it yet wanting more!  As for animation and design How To Train Your Dragon 2 is top-notch and the 3D viewing lends itself nicely to flying and being up above the clouds.

The entire gang is back again for the sequel including Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), Toothless, Astrid, Fishlegs and many more.  Some time has passed since the first movie and now dragons and vikings live and co-exist happily together in the town of Berk.  The story is very simple this time around — Hiccup’s father tries to groom him to become the next king but all Hiccup wants to do is explore the lands around him drafting up maps of the surrounding areas.  When Hiccup eventually finds a devious group of dragon-slavers led by Drago (voiced by Djimon Hounsou) he is tasked with finding a way to avoid confrontation yet digs himself into a deeper whole with one shining light when he meets his mother for the first time.

Overall some great aerial combat and flying animation from the dragons and their respective riders.  How To Train Your Dragon 2 is light-hearted but probably more on the ‘serious’ side as for jokes and comedy.  Some interesting developments between family and morale are touched upon and there is even a catchy little song about halfway through the film.  Should this franchise continue we’d love to see a new type of villain to take on as our only complaints was that the writers recycled a ‘giant dragon’ as the antagonist once again for the sequel.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 Review