March 27, 2017

“Dragon” sequel details released with DVD, Blu-ray on horizon


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: With DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” hitting shelves this Friday, Oct. 15, and the studio ramping up an awards campaign that it hopes will upset Pixar’s “Toy Story 3” in the race for an animation Oscar, today seemed like an opportune time to release details on a rumored “Dragon” sequel and start generating buzz.

The sequel, filmed in 3-D, will reach theaters in 2013. The original vocal cast will return, including Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig.

Here’s part of the release, including quotes from the filmmakers:

The second chapter to the critically acclaimed 2010 blockbuster, How to Train Your Dragon – which has grossed nearly $500 million at the worldwide box office – will again feature the all-star voice talents of Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller and Kristen Wiig.

The sequel is being made under the creative guidance of Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders, and Bonnie Arnold. It is written and directed by DeBlois and produced by Arnold. Once again based on the book series by Cressida Cowell, the sequel is executive produced by Sanders and DeBlois.

“Nothing could be more exciting for me than being charged with carrying this story forward, into the unknown reaches of Hiccup and Toothless’ ever-expanding world,” commented DeBlois. “Ambitions are high with this epic next chapter, and together with an incredible team of filmmakers, we plan to build upon How to Train Your Dragon’s originality, boldness and heart, in hopes of once again touching audiences around the world.”

“Dean, Chris and Bonnie each has a fiery passion for How to Train Your Dragon that combined is serving as the driving force behind the very bright future of DreamWorks Animation’s newest franchise,” said Bill Damaschke, Co-President of Production for DreamWorks Animation. “Having them on-board to lead the creative team and having our cast return to tell the next exciting chapter is a dream come true for the studio… and the first big revelation of our feature film line-up for 2013.”

“How to Train Your Dragon” is a blockbuster, so a sequel was inevitable. It has earned $217.5 million domestically to date, and $492M worldwide. Expect that audience to increase once it’s released on DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 15.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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