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DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon Sequel Coming in 2013

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April 27, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon

After surprising audiences with a movie that was leaps and bounds better than most of their previous work, and even gaining buzz at a Pixar level of praise, DreamWorks Animation is looking to recapture the magic of How to Train Your Dragon as the studio has just announced a sequel to the film that reclaimed the top box office spot last weekend. Honestly, with all the success and positive word of mouth its received, I can't say I'm surprised. It has grossed over $370 million worldwide, and with the Shrek franchise fading (the final chapter, Shrek Forever After, arrives this summer) they'll need another good bankable series to fill theaters.

While I loved the film, I will be approaching this sequel, set for release in 2013, with plenty of cautious optimism. DWA was able to capture a different kind of lightning in a bottle with How to Train Your Dragon. It was lightning that didn't rely on pop culture references, talking animals or a Billboard chart-topping soundtrack, and it turned out to be one of their best films (maybe even better than the original Shrek). But a sequel with such an amazing first film is always risky. Of course, we all know that a studio can't pass up an opportunity like this without turning it into a cash cow, and every time they take on a new franchise I sincerely hope they don't fuck it up.

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  • almartva
    I guess you can only hope Dreamworks don't mess up this franchise the way they have the rest of their catalog.
  • James
    I can see how "Kung Fu Panda" can become a franchise, but I'm not sure about this one. I'm still interested since I really enjoyed the movie, but I'm wary.
  • People's Champ
    Wow! Didnt see this coming.
  • Duck
    Agreed, i'll be looking forward to this but, cautiously
  • Kira
    I absolutely adored this movie, and you've summed up my reasons for loving it perfectly, as well as my apprehension concerning a sequel. I really hope they don't screw this up.
  • Mr.Cookie
    At least they plan to close Madagascar with a third last film and then turn the eyes to the good films, like KFP and this. Both were awesome and I would love to see a sequel. Though, as Alex said, confront with optimism.
  • Considering the fact that HTTYD is an adaptation of a (very charming) children's book series (there's around 8 of them), I wouldn't worry too much. There's plenty of new material to draw from. It's not a case of "crap, now we'll have to think up something new".
  • David
    That's great. This is the best Dreamwork Animated film I've see.
  • Tina
    Nooo! They shouldn't do this. I know that there are multiple books they could base it on, and that there is a chance that they could get it right, but there's and even grater chance that they won't, just looking at everything else they've done. There also shouldn't be a TV series. *Facepalm*

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