How to Train Your Dragon 2 avoids sequel-itis

My quest to see all the 2014 Oscar-nominated animated movies continues with:

How to Train Your Dragon 2

A dark haired boy, holding a helmet by his side, his friends and a black dragon behind him. Dragons are flying overhead.

DreamWorks Animation

Dean DeBlois, director

Viewing Source: Netflix

Sequels to animated movies have a reputation for being cash-grabs of terrible quality, so it’s always nice to see a good one!  I quite enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon 2, though perhaps not quite as much as the original; that might have something to with having higher expectations than when I saw first.

This movie introduces a bunch of new characters and dragons, and I loved all the new dragon concepts.  The part where Hiccup sees another dragon rider for the first time is absolutely beautiful, both with the visuals and the emotion they produce.

The plot actually reminded me a lot of the Dragon Slippers series by Jessica Day George, especially the second book Dragon Flight, which also deals with putting collars on dragons to control them.  So while I liked the concept, it didn’t feel especially original to me, and I think that’s why I didn’t like it as much as the first.

What I really enjoyed was Hiccup and Astrid’s relationship.  They were so supportive of each other.  It was nice to see a couple that has a positive influence on each other, without any drama.  The braid that Astrid puts in Hiccup’s hair at the beginning of the movie is a nice expression of how they are always there for each other throughout the movie, even when they’re doing their own things.

On the other hand, I did not find Ruffnut and her romantic antics funny at all.  Others may find her love “rectangle” humorous, but that part of the movie just fell flat for me.

I was also really hoping Astrid would be able to take on more of a leadership/chief role, as she seems better suited to it.  But I think there is going to be a third movie, so we may see more about where she and all the others in their group of friends end up as they become adults in the community.

There are a lot of themes floating around in HtTYD2, so I think it will really hold up to repeated viewings.  It’s a great addition to the franchise, and I’m looking forward to where they take the story after this.

3 thoughts on “How to Train Your Dragon 2 avoids sequel-itis

  1. starwarsanon June 26, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    I actually really enjoyed the story line when he met his mother. I thought it showed something very real in today’s world when children question why their parent(s) left them. That was my favorite part.

    I, too, don’t think it was as good as HtTYD, but you are right in that I didn’t turn it off being like, “ugh another stupid sequel.” Also…dragons…awesome anytime.


    • Mei-Mei June 30, 2015 / 4:47 pm

      I just got stuck on the fact that a character who was supposed to be dead turned out not to be. That’s one thing that makes me not take a story seriously (but that’s not always a terrible thing, especially in a kid’s movie). You raise a good point about relatability for the audience.
      And yes, dragons=awesome 😀

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  2. NovEllaandBanannabelle June 30, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    I enjoyed the first How to Train Your Dragon, but I haven’t seen part 2. I’ll have to put it on my list, now that I know it doesn’t suffer from sequel-itis!

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