The thrilling second chapter of the epic How to Train your Dragon trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless.
The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.
When offered the sequel, Dean DeBlois accepted it on condition he can turn it into a trilogy. For the sequel, he intends to revisit the films of his youth, with Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) having the pivotal inspiration for the film. "What I loved especially about Empire is that it expanded Star Wars in every direction: emotionally, its scope, characters, fun. It felt like an embellishment and that's the goal."
The first DreamWorks Animation film to use its new animation and lighting software through the entire production. Programs named "Premo" and "Torch" will allow much more "subtlety, in facial animation, the sense of fat, jiggle, loose skin, the sensation of skin moving over muscle instead of masses moving together."
Chris Sanders, co-writer and co-director of How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and Dean DeBlois' collaborator since Lilo & Stitch (2002), will not return to write and direct the sequel, due to his involvement with The Croods (2013); although, he will only executive-produce the film.
The music in the film's teaser trailer was "Beyond the Clouds", written and conducted by Audiomachine.
The first How to Train Your Dragon film to be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox, since the end of DreamWorks Animation's deal with Paramount Pictures in 2012.
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