Tuesday, November 11, 2014

How To Train Your Dragon 2 - A Thrilling Family Movie With A Lot Of Heart REVIEW - PLUS Activity Sheets #FoxInsiders @FoxHomeEnt


The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless.  The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks Animation’s critically acclaimed HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 on Digital HD October 21 and on Blu-ray and DVD November 11.

Fans will get even more excitement, adventure and, of course, more dragons when DreamWorks Animation releases DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS, an all-new animated adventure featuring the original voice cast.  A hunt for lost sheep soon turns into a high-flying sprint in the all-new epic adventure as Hiccup and friends battle to become the first Dragon Racing Champion of Berk!  DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS will be available exclusively on the Blu-ray combo pack, DVD double pack and Digital HD.

The all-star film talent features Jay Baruchel (This Is The End), two-time Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Craig Ferguson (“The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”), America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Neighbors), T.J. Miller (“Silicon Valley”) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids).  The film also adds the voice talent of Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) and Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”).

The Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD feature hours of bonus materials that explore the world of dragons and more. Furthermore, the Blu-ray and Digital HD contain four exclusive featurettes, deleted scenes and a 60-minute behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film, shot and created by the film’s writer and director Dean DeBlois.

This was a wonderful movie! I truly loved it. Beside the amazing animation quality the storyline was lovely.

It has been five years since the Dragons and Island of Berk have been at peace. 
Toothless and Hiccup are at it again as they are quite the time soaring the skies. Their connection is palpable.  Together they fly, dive and often crash land with Hiccup well protected as Toothless  saves him each and every time much to Toothless' dismay.

While riding Hiccup and Astrid find a fort that is completely encased and damaged within blue ice. It is controlled by a big guy name Eret who is working for a scary guy named Drago Bludvist who wants to control all the dragons.

When the gang returns to Berk, Hiccup explains to his father what he learned. His father upon hearing the name Drago demands they batten down the hatches. Hiccup escapes and wants to reason with Drago stating that reasoning is better than hiding away.

Hiccup and Toothless are captured by a scary mask wearing, dragon rider named Valka. The movie takes on a new pulse after their meeting and everything changes but I really don't want to spoil anything so I will leave you with this.....

The movie is a masterpiece of imagery. Dragon 2 has a lot of heart, heartache, humor and action. There is nothing to dislike here. It is not often that the second installment of a movie is better than the first but this is!!!!

We implore you to watch with your children. Wonderful movie for the whole family.

If you are looking for a holiday gift pack for your family order the movie and check out some of the great Dragon 2 merchandise out there.

We received this from 20th Century Fox as a Fox Insider.  The hat is very popular as both my kids take turns wearing it. When you push on the tails that hang down the hears bob up and down.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the movie for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was offered.

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