Courtesy of Yahoo Movies, the first five minutes of the much anticipated How to Train Your Dragon 2 is available online. The smashing success of 2010s original grossed nearly $500 million off of a $165 million budget; the sequel takes place five years after the events of its predecessor and picks up on the adventures of Hiccup and Toothless. And while I do not usually like to watch the first five minutes of a movie online, the animation is fantastically stunning: even when watching it on a seventeen inch computer screen.
The clip starts off with ‘dragon racing,’ which has become an organized sport in the community of Berk; right away, the visuals are frantic, yet fun to watch. But the true beauty of the clip is not until the viewers get to see Hiccup and Toothless on their own adventure: whether the characters are flying through clouds or near the water, the animation is ‘eye candy.’ And when Hiccup uses a squirrel suit to glide with Toothless, it is an emotionally gratifying sequence. After that, more fun ensues, but I will let the readers watch the clip for themselves because both fans and non-fans should see this visually appealing video.
Now, it is important to point out that I am nervous about how this will look in Imax 3D: today Imax announced that How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be digitally remastered in the 3D format. Like most, I am not a fan of post-format conversions; however, the first five minutes has ‘sort of’ convinced me that this could be stunning on a gigantic screen. But again, we will not know how this conversion will look until the June 13 release date.
For now, enjoy the first five minutes, which is just an appeasing snippet of the final product.
The movie stars Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Cate Blanchett, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kit Harrington, and Djimon Hounsou. And also, has the return of one of the directors from the original, Dean Deblois. So what do you think of this brief clip? Are you excited for DreamWorks Animation’s sequels? Do you think the post conversion into Imax 3D will be any good? Let us know in the comment section below.