WonderCon 2014: How to Train Your Dragon 2 Plot Revealed

How to Train Your Dragon 2

The highly anticipated Dreamworks animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 came to WonderCon in Anaheim with director Dean DeBlois and voice actor Jay Baruchel. While Baruchel spoke about his character, Hiccup, DeBlois shared some pretty in depth details about the new film's story in a press conference with the media before their panel.

"We very deliberately advanced the narrative by five years because we realized that coming out of the first movie, Hiccup achieved everything he wanted," DeBlois said. "He had the admiration of his father and the respect of the town. He even had the affection of Astrid, the girl that he was pining for. So to give him a new problem, we looked at most of our journeys in life and we realized that there is that moment where you're looking back at your childhood with longing and realizing that the future looks daunting because you have to become an adult. In Hiccup's case he's being groomed to become chief and that just seems like a very dull and bad fit for him as a future. So it's about him really discovering that other half of his soul that's lurking out there in the world and he expresses that by constantly mapping and going deeper into uncharted lands, finding new dragons and finding new conflicts."

Making a good sequel is always difficult, but DeBlois knew it felt right when the idea for two sequels emerged. "The idea of a sequel needed to be necessary to me," he said. "I think that there were enough unanswered questions in the first movie that it did feel there was more story to be told but my pitch was that it be a trilogy so that it could be the middle act of a three act story and that it will culminate in a very finite way in much the way that Cressida Cowell's books end, the disappearance of dragons and what happened to them and Hiccup's completion, his coming of age. There's a lot of interesting stuff there, lots to explore and I think stories kind of write themselves the moment that you leave the island of Berk and venture off into this rich world that Cressida Cowell created where there are different types of dragons with different abilities all over the place."

How to Train Your Dragon 2 adds several major characters to the world of Berk. "The scope gets really big in this movie. What Hiccup discovers while he's out mapping the world is that there's a brewing conflict. That conflict being incited by a very ambitious conqueror who is looking to build a dragon army. He's played by Djimon Hounsou. His name is Drago Bludvist. Drago Bludvist employs dragon trappers. One of the best dragon trappers, the self-declared greatest dragon trapper of all is Eret, Son of Eret played by Kit Harington. He's a guy with some misplaced loyalty but we pan him out throughout the movie. The third character who I've made mention of is Hiccup's long lost mother, played by Cate Blanchett. She's waging a one woman war against Drago's ambitions by actually rescuing those dragons and whisking them back to a sanctuary where she mends them back to health."

Of course, we'll see new dragons in How to Train Your Dragon 2 also. "We have a group of dragons that were designed to fill the spaces because Valka has a dragon sanctuary filled with dragons she's rescued. We actually came up with a modular system where we could pair different heads with different bodies and wings and tails and come up with endless varieties that way. They are the background in a sense that creates thousands of new dragons. Featured, there are probably I think about the same amount of new dragons that have hero moments that are really well rigged and really well thought out that are hopefully every big as surprising as the other ones, if not more so."

The big question is are there any other Night Furies like Toothless? "Toothless is a very unique dragon and I think Hiccup is as curious as to whether or not they will find another Night Fury out there in their travels but that has yet to be seen whether or not it will pay off."

How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens June 13.

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