How To Train Your Dragon 2 Saturday, 04 April 2020

How To Train Your Dragon 2

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild fantasy themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    Hiccup's where it left off.

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Djimon Hounsou, Kit Harington

  • Directed by:

    Dean DeBlois

  • Running time:

    102 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)


    Characters are killed, shot with tranquiliser darts, thrown through the air, shouldered, hit with objects, frozen, near-drowned, knocked over, punched, bound, trapped, threatened, shot at (arrows), face-palmed, sat on, throat-grabbed. Characters fall from great heights, crash into the ground, fall through an ice lake, dangle precariously. Play-fighting, breathing/shooting fire, sharp teeth, roaring. Explosives, fire balls, epic battle sequences. Objects are crushed, damaged, set alight. Burning building/only one survivor mentioned. Blood/gore: A creature is gored. Bloody gash across chin. Skull motifs, scar, missing limbs, sliced wing, blindness. Corpse (beneath blanket).


    Kissing, flirting, ogling, hand-holding.


    Characters are hypnotised, sedated.


    Name-calling. Gender, marriage, Viking, obesity stereotypes. Religious reference and exclamations.


    Dragon riding, dragon racing, fire-breathing, flight, family, mapping, death, grief, hypnosis, Vikings, stubbornness, teamwork, victory, friendship, exploration, war, ignorance, understanding, forgiveness, reunions, consequences, disability, conservationism.


    Deceased father. Funeral. Estranged mother mentioned. Flocks of birds, sheep, dragons, winged sea creatures, scary masked figure, fish, waterfall. Drumstick, fish eaten. Fur, animal pelt worn. Licking, bottom-sniffing, saliva, regurgitation. High sweeping aerials. Based on the books by Cressida Cowell.


    Exciting, confident, complete, satisfying, dramatic, upsetting, worthy, delightful, fast-paced, gleeful, smart, funny, serious, stirring, earnest, unflinching, dark, complex, intense. Impressive use of the freedom of animation, astonishingly beautiful/expressive flight scene, lush/gorgeous/surreal/dense visuals, impressive sense of scale, excellent high-profile voice cast, thematically focused story, vivid world, terrific creature design, commendable message, superbly crafted, characters evolve, frightening moments are not sugar-coated, gripping action sequences, spectacular use of 3D, outstanding attention to detail, even better than the first.


    Disconnected, complicated, half-baked, repetitive, meandering. Mother reunion storyline is handled too dismissively, lacklustre villain, dragons dumbed down, overarching plot.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website is intended for general entertainment, interest and educational purposes only. It does not constitute, and should not be relied upon as, professional, legal, medical, financial, psychological, personal or other industry advice. is not responsible for any injury or hardship suffered as a result of using this website. Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy of information, does not assume any legal liability for missing, incomplete or unsuitable information, or typographical errors.

More in this category: « Healing Hercules »