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Moviegoers are going to find themselves in a lot of places this summer, from the ravaged cities of Godzilla to the ravaged galaxy of Guardians of the Galaxy, but I think it’s safe to say that all of it would look far, far better if viewed from the back of a dragon flying through the theater. Assuming the theaters in your area don’t have walls, a roof, or anything.
DreamWorks Animation is swooping in on our imaginations by dropping 11 different stills from the highly anticipated upcoming sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, and they’re just as gorgeous as you would expect. If only every animated flick was this lovely…and contained dragons.
The follow-up to the hit 2010 comedic fantasy, this film follows a more grown up Hiccup, and now Jay Baruchel’s voice can finally sound a little more natural coming out of his mouth. The visually stunning land of Berk is still here, though the action is going to go much farther out into the world, though still centered on the same bunch of lovable oafs that we got to know in the first one.
Below you’ll see images, via CartoonBrew, of Hiccup’s father Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), Snotlout (Jonah Hill) and the paint-faced Astrid (America Ferrera), whose maturity will no doubt run circles around Hiccup as things go on.
While everyone in Berk is now enjoying their lives with the dragons (in a way that doesn’t involve slaughtering them), Hiccup and Toothless are out and exploring new lands, which of course leads them to trouble as they stumble upon a cave full of new and unfamiliar dragons and the evil Drago Bludvist (Djimon Hounsou), who plans to gather a dragon army and take over the world. That bastard. We can now look forward to Cate Blanchett as Valka, a woman who claims to be Hiccup’s mother, and Kit Harington as Eret, a bad man who traps dragons.
Below you can take a look at Drago and his dragon up close, and then as he and Hiccup are in a midair standoff.
You’ll be able to watch How to Train Your Dragon 2 swoop into theaters on June 13, which is probably around the time we’ll see the first teaser for the third film. But even if not, it’ll be a soaringly enjoyable adventure, as the trailer below certainly makes it seem.