Maybe not as brilliant as the first entry, but still very entertaining. Vibrant colours saturate a richly textured world. The voice acting is mostly great (despite a boring Baruchel) and the character animation is fluid and natural. The villain this time around was quite scary, and the alpha dragons were a wonderful touch. Quite enjoyable.
Building on the foundations layered by an already astonishing film, DeBlois and his team come together to prove the power of storytelling over the value of computer generated imagery. In all its thrills, wit and heartbreak, this sequel is one piece of memorable cinema.
The novelty of the first entry may have dissipated but this is still enjoyable family entertainment with some OK messages just beneath the surface. Voice casting is quite good even if the story is a little hackneyed and manipulative this time around. Solid animation but nothing that really wows.
Story's pretty good, and the animation is top notch. Just look at Hiccup's seemingly random facial movements: I've never really seen that in animation before; those little ticks that are meaningless to dialogue but yet more human than anything. Brilliant.
Hiccup's voice actor can use some more practice and the resolution to the identity issue is such a let down. Anyway, I love how the scale of the dragon world expands. It's obvious that the next sequel is about them finding another species (a whole population may be?) of night fury but I'm so ready for How To Train Your Dragon 3!
The element of surprise may have unavoidably disappeared, but HTTYD2 is still a more than worthy sequel to Dreamworks' 2010 hit. Once again witness dazzling and detailed animation to rival the finest works of Pixar, all lovingly crafted, easy to digest and eager to entertain. A further instalment seems certain.