DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon Sequel Coming in 2013

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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I guess you can only hope Dreamworks don't mess up this franchise the way they have the rest of their catalog.

almartva on Apr 27, 2010


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.

James on Apr 27, 2010


Wow! Didnt see this coming.

People's Champ on Apr 27, 2010


Agreed, i'll be looking forward to this but, cautiously

Duck on Apr 27, 2010


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.

Kira on Apr 27, 2010


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.

Mr.Cookie on Apr 28, 2010


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".

equustel on Apr 28, 2010


That's great. This is the best Dreamwork Animated film I've see.

David on May 3, 2010


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*

Tina on Jul 5, 2010

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