Thursday, June 12, 2014

Delightful Dragons for Children and Adults


“Dragon 2” Family Fun for Kids of All Ages

By Skip Sheffield

“How to Train Your Dragon 2” is a surprisingly entertaining sequel for the child in all of us.
Canadian director Dean DeBlois adapted Cressida Cowell’s book series for the first “How To Train Your Dragon” computer-animated adventure in 2010 and wrote and directed this sequel as well.
Most of the major characters have returned, including the main character of Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel. In the first episode, in order to please his fearsome Viking father Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler in Scottish brogue), little Hiccup shot down a black flying dragon, but did not have the heart to kill it. Dragons you see had been plaguing the Viking inhabitants of Berk Island. Hiccup instead befriended the woebegone creature and nicknamed him Toothless. All the Vikings then realized dragons could be their friends.
Also returning is America Ferrera as the voice of Hiccup’s plucky girlfriend Astrid; Craig Ferguson as the goofy Gobber and Jonah Hill as Snotlout.
Dragon races have become all the rage five years after the first episode. Hiccup and Toothless go off course during one and discover a secret ice cave that hides the biggest, coldest creature of all.
New characters include Djimon Hounsou as the powerful “Night Fury” Drago and Kit Harington as Eret, his jerky, egotistical son.
The action is continuous. There is a lot of racing around, battling and kidnapping, but more laughs than real violence, and those brightly-colored, doofus dragons are so darn cute. I am allegedly a grownup, but I enjoyed all the childish fun. You will too.

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