A clip of the first five minutes of DreamWorks’ upcoming animated feature, How To Train Your Dragon 2, was been released online earlier today, courtesy of Yahoo Movies. Not all of this opening is unreleased material, as.the flying sequence was originally used for the teaser trailer. Echoing the opening and closing sequences from the first film, the start of Dragon 2 reintroduces us to the small, Viking-inhabited island of Berk; a land where humans and dragons cohabitate side by side. They have even invented a dragon-racing sporting event, which is featured in the clip.
The sequel’s story finds our characters five years after the events that took place in the original 2010 film, with intermittent bits having been played out on the recent Cartoon Network TV show, “Dragons: Riders of Berk.” The story again centers around our diminutive hero Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his dragon pal Toothless. Hiccup has since become an amateur cartographer, attempting to map out uncharted and outlying islands near his homeland. During his adventures, he discovers an ice cave that’s home to several new species of dragon and their human caretaker, a woman who claims to be Hiccup's mother.
The opening to How to Train Your Dragon 2 looks excellent, setting up what looks to be a worthy sequel to the adored box-office smash that was the original. Along with everything else the studio has released so far, this should be enough to whet the appetites of fans until the film is finally released.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 will open for a wide release into theaters on June 13. The film features the voice talents of Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Cate Blanchett and Djimon Hounsou. You can find more information about the film by visiting its official website here. The film is rated PG and will be released in both 2D and 3D versions.