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