How to Train Your Dragon 2 has been highly anticipated since the wild success of Dreamwork’s first wild romp involving a boy and his dragon. In fact, not long after than film, not one, but two sequels were announced and the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy became one of the hottest animated film series in the industry.
Development on the sequels has been very secretive and low-key; Dreamworks has let very few details leak concerning the next adventure of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless. But with the film set to release next June, details are finally pouring out. Bleeding Cool has done some digging and is reporting new images from the upcoming film in the licensing mag, License Global and a Tumblr that seem to be unrelated, but have similar images.
Also being reported is a brand new synopsis, which may give us a little better understanding of what Dreamworks is cooking up for the high-flying, fire-breathing sequel.
The thrilling second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back the fantastical world of Hiccup and Toothless five years later. While Astrid, Snoutlout and the rest of the gang are challenging each other to dragon races (the island’s new favorite contact sport), the now inseparable pair journey through the skies, charting unmapped territories and exploring new worlds. When one of their adventures leads to the discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.
That sounds fun. The dragon races in particular sound like a neat addition to the world of Berk and its surrounding islands. Let’s hope that Dragon 2 has, like its predecessor, just as much heart as thrills going forward.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 comes out June 20th, 2014 from Dreamworks Animation and Fox. Here are the new images (Hiccup and Astrid seem to have grown up quite a bit!):