How to Train Your Dragon 2

 
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Release date: May 16, 2014

Based on: How to Train Your Dragon (series of novels by Cressida Cowell)

Directed by: Dean DeBlois

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harrington

Budget: $145 million

Box office: $621.5 million

Five years later, Hiccup and Toothless work to discover and map unexplored lands while his father presses him to succeed as the village chieftain.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 is just as good as, if not better, than the first film, expanding on its scope and worldbuilding. While originally, Hiccup, Toothless and the other characters were mainly relegated to Berk, this film sees them flying far away from their viking village in search of strange new lands. In their journeys, audiences are taken through a variety of fascinating twists and turns and are introduced to engaging characters. This also extends to the animation, presenting a range of hues, shades and colors wonderfully representing different areas in which the characters find themselves.

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Additionally, the film’s tone shifts throughout the length of the film, changing with the characters’ predicaments and moods, at a believable pace. In this one story, the film does well in moving through light and joyful, reflective and nostalgic, dark and brooding and somber and pensive. All of it feels natural in the lifespan of its plot too. Further, the tone allows for the higher stakes to have the weight they deserve and a worthwhile feeling of intensity allowing the audience to truly feel gripped by whatever the film throws at them.

One of the new characters is an interesting villain, shrouded in credibility from the experiences of the other characters and utterly convinced of his own righteousness. Despite not being on screen for most of the film, his reputation certainly precedes him shown when even the most stoic of characters panics at his very name. Upon showing up for the first time, he lives up to the notereity the other characters have given him, demonstrating just how careful the writers were in crafting good characterization along with good story.

This is a great film, working to tell an ever greater story than what audiences were given the first time around. Viewers will definitely find it worth watching.

Awards

Won

Annie Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

  • Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Feature Production

  • Outstanding Achievement in Directing in an Animated Feature Production

  • Outstanding Achievement in Music in an Animated Feature Production

  • Outstanding Achievement in Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

  • Outstanding Achievement in Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

Behind the Voice Actors Awards

  • Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film (Cate Blanchett, as the voice of “Valka”)

Golden Globe Awards

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Hollywood Film Awards

  • Animation of the Year

Hollywood Music in Media Awards

  • Best Original Score - Animated Film

International Film Music Critics Awards

  • Best Original Score for an Animated Film

  • Film Music Composition of the Year (Track: Flying with Mother”)

National Board of Review, USA Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Russian National Movie Awards - Georges Award

  • Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

 

Nominated

Academy Awards

  • Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

BAFTA Awards

  • BAFTA Children’s Award - BAFTA Kids Vote - Feature Film

  • BAFTA Children’s Award - Best Feature Film

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best Animated Film

  • Best Music

Annie Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Feature Production

  • Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Feature Production

  • Outstanding Achievement in Writing in an Animated Feature Production

Awards Circuit Community Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Behind the Voice Actors Awards

  • Best Male Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role (Djimon Hounsou, as the voice of “Drago”)

  • Best Female Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role (America Ferrera, as the voice of “Astrid”

  • Best Female Vocal Performance in a Feature Film in a Supporting Role (Kristen Wiig, as the voice of “Ruffnut”)

  • Best Vocal Ensemble in a Feature Film

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Central Ohio Film Critics Association

  • Best Animated Film

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Cinema Audio Society, USA Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures - Animated

Cinema Bloggers Awards, Portugal

  • Best Animated Film

Críticos de Cinema Online Portugueses Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Denver Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Florida Film Critics Circle Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Georgia Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Gold Derby Awards

  • Animated Feature

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best Animated Movie of the Year

Golden Trailer Awards

  • Best Animation/Family (For the final theatrical trailer “Master”)

Hollywood Music in Media Awards

  • Best Song - Animated Film (Song: “Where No One Goes”)

Houston Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Film

International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society’s Creative Arts Awards

  • 3D Feature - Animated

International Cinephile Society Awards

  • Best Animated Film

International Film Music Critics Awards

  • Film Score of the Year

Iowa Film Critics Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Italian Online Movie Awards

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Kids’ Choice Awards, USA - Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Animated Movie

Motion Picture Sound Editors,USA - Golden Reel Awards

  • Best Sound Editing - Animated  Feature

North Carolina Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • Best Animated Picture

  • Best Voice-Over Performance (Cate Blanchett, for playing “Valka”)

  • Best Sound Mixing

Online Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

People’ s Choice Awards, USA

  • Favorite Family Movie

PGA Awards

  • Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

Phoenix Critics Circle Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Film

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Film

San Francisco Film Critics Circle

  • Best Animated Feature

Satellite Awards

  • Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media

Seattle Film Critics Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Seattle International Film Festival Awards

  • Films4Families Youth Jury Award

  • Golden Space Needle Award

St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Movie: Animated

  • Choice Animated Movie: Voice (Cate Blanchett, for playing “Valka”)

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated  Feature

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

  • Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

  • Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature Motion Picture (The Battle)

  • Outstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature Motion Picture (Oasis)

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Women Film Critics Circle Awards

  • Best Animated Female (Cate Blanchett, for playing “Valka”)

  • Best Family Film