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  Rated PG · 102 minutes · 2014

Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Fantasy
In the follow-up to the 2010 original, young Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his seaside village have settled into a new normal where dragons are trusted companions—until a warlord (Djimon Hounsou) arrives, with designs on controlling all dragons. Hiccup also discovers that his mother (Cate Blanchett)—whom he’s always believed to be dead—is still alive, and the film finds surprisingly emotional material in this family reunion. But even more satisfying—along with the thrilling, swooping visuals—is the idea that there are different ways to be a leader, and that some choices, even heroic ones, have permanent, not always happy consequences. Perhaps there’s no way to avoid some of the more formulaic action elements of family blockbusters, yet it’s always a pleasant surprise when an institution like DreamWorks Animation decides that playing it safe isn’t the only option.


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Director: Dean DeBlois and Tom Owens
Producer: Bonnie Arnold, Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou and Kit Harington

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Inlander Where's the Fire? How to Train Your Dragon 2 lacks the spark of its predecessor by Seth Sommerfeld 06/11/2014
The Coast Halifax How to Train Your Dragon 2 Top notch! by Lindsay Raining Bird 07/03/2014
Colorado Springs Independent How to Train Your Dragon 2 shows DreamWorks strong at 20 This sequel heads in a more interesting direction, picking up five years later with the seaside Viking village of Berk now firmly settled into a new normal of dragons as their trusted companions, to the extent that they've developed some dragon-flying variation on Quidditch. by Scott Renshaw 06/11/2014
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Tucson Weekly A Darker Dragon Hiccup and Toothless return to delight children and the adults who are forced to accompany them by Colin Boyd 06/12/2014

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