How to Train Your Dragon 2
First screened in June 2014
Director: Dean DeBlois. Voice Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, America Ferrera, Djimon Hounsou, Craig Ferguson, Kit Harington, Kristen Wiig, T.J. Miller, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Screenplay: Dean DeBlois (based on the How to Train Your Dragon book series by Cressida Cowell).

Twitter Capsule: Pig in the City-ish: darker, vaster, less affecting. Fitful grandeur. Bit over-invested in alpha males.

VOR:   Risks: expansion of canvas, darkening of tone. Retrenchments: newly individualist politics, war fever, empowered-then-sidelined women, crazily racialized villain. Animation geeks seem excited.

Photo © 2014 DreamWorks Animation

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Animated Feature

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Animated Feature

Other Awards:
National Board of Review: Best Animated Feature

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