Opening in theatres this Friday from director Dean DeBlois and DreamWorks Animation comes the highly anticipated next chapter about HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2.

Once again we join Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and dragon Toothless on the island of Berk. The gang including Astrid (America Ferrera), Snoutlout (Jonah Hill), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Tuffnut (TJ Miller) and Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) are keeping busy with their dragons taking part in the dragon races which is now the hot sport on the island.

Hiccup and Toothless are no where to be found because they are out charting unexplored parts of the world. Mapping every place they have been it is also an opportunity for Hiccup to try his inventions. Stoick (Gerard Butler) isn’t to happy with his son’s lack of interest in being a village leader!

On one outing, they discover an ice cave where hundreds of dragons live. They also discover a mysterious Dragon Rider Valka (Cate Blanchett) who has one thing in common with Hiccup – protecting the dragons. Especially needing to protect them from Drago (Djimon Hounsou), a evil man who wants to enslave every dragon and destroy every village.

Now the Dragon Riders of Berk will come together to save their village with Hiccup and Toothless leading the way!

FINAL WORD: Baruchel has the voice that will forever be linked to Hiccup. It is full of charm, sweetness, strength and the proper amount of goofiness that I really like. It isn’t easy to be different now so imagine being different in Hiccup’s time! This character has a gentle heart and an adventuresome spirit that kids just fall for – and a lot of adults too!

Blanchett as Valka also brings a cautionary tale of being different but also a hit of regret. Being with Hiccup she has the opportunity to teach him even more about dragons than he thought possible. Butler returns as Stoick with his usual gruffiness trying to hide, what we learn, is a truly soft heart.

Hounsou as Drago gets to be the evil character with the rough and grumbly voice of a madman. As most villains have, there is a story here and we get a chance to see it before the big battle.

It is good to ‘see’ Hill, Mintz-Plasse, Miller, Wiig and Ferrera return to their respective roles. I can’t imagine it would be the same without them. Harington as Eret gets a chance to be an animated tough guy who isn’t so tough after all – but in a good way.

The winner here, as one would expect, is Toothless. I absolutely adore this black cat like dragon with his goofy antics. Even more than that I adore his friendship with Hiccup that is the epitome of the word loyal.

Other cast includes: Craig Ferguson as Gobber, Kieron Elliott as Hoark the Haggard, Philip McGrade as Starkard, Andrew Ableson as Ug, Gideon Emery as Teeny and Kit Harington as Eret.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 four tubs of popcorn out of five. The animation is crazy good (even though it doesn’t need to be 3D), the story is very family oriented, the friendships continue to be strong and we see Hiccup become a young man.

There is so much fun to be had watching this film. Colorful, creative, loaded with story and new dragons how can anyone NOT want to see it. DreamWorks Animation has once again brought our favorite Rider and Dragon together and secretly I’m hoping for a third installment.

In the end – together they have the power to change the future of people and dragons!

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