When DreamWorks Animation released the first How to Train Your Dragon back in 2010, it was being thrown out into a world where Pixar absolutely ruled the animation game—at least as far as critical reception was concerned. At that point Pixar had dominated the awards circuit three years in a row with Ratatouille, WALL-E, and Up, and pundits were starting to doubt if any of the other studios would be able to touch the work they were doing ever again, as far as wit, emotional maturity, and pure visual spectacle were concerned.
After everyone got to take in the heartwarming coming of age tale and thrilling flying sequences of How to Train Your Dragon, the talk suddenly turned to how DreamWorks had finally created something that could match Pixar’s best though, and ever since then we’ve been living in a more diverse world when it comes to our animated features—a world where a truly great movie could come out of any studio at any time. With How to Train Your Dragon 2, it very much looks like DreamWorks is trying to once again change the game, because the footage in the trailer for their new film is impressively epic, so much so that it could be the first glimpse we get of a new dynasty being formed where they take over as the undisputed kings of animated family fare.
Before you go and watch the new trailer you should be warned that there’s a bit of controversy swirling about how much of the film it shows off though. According to the good people over at Slash Film, there’s a big mystery that plays out over the course of How to Train Your Dragon 2’s run time, and the reveal of that mystery is something that gets given away right here in the film’s first trailer—which apparently undercuts the whole first half of the film where the audience is supposed to be trying to put the pieces together.
Why would DreamWorks be dumb enough to place a great big SPOILER for a plot point they don’t want revealed right in first advertisements for the film? Well, apparently they weren’t. It was the people at Fox who made that decision, and by all accounts the DreamWorks staff isn’t at all happy with the loose lips that are now threatening to sink their ship.
Let’s be honest though, now that the cat is so thoroughly out of the bag there’s probably not any chance that you’re going to make it all the way to How to Train Your Dragon 2’s premiere date without having things spoiled for yourself—you know how often ads for these types of movies get run, anywhere there happens to be a screen that can run them, after all—but if you’re the type who is extra-diligent about avoiding spoilers and is more than willing to duck behind a potted plant every time you see an ad for this film get aired over the next six months, then only watch the first minute of this new trailer. The first minute gives you a chance to see the extended scope of this sequel now that all of the Viking characters are riding around on dragons, it gives you a chance to check out the much more grownup Hiccup’s sweet new glider suit in action, and it doesn’t yet get into any specifics about the story being told.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is currently scheduled for a June 13, 2014 release date, which kind of feels like it’s an eternity away right now. Stay strong though, animation fans. We’ll get through this wait together, probably with a little hand-holding and repeated re-watches of the first film.