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Director Dean DeBlois on How to Train Your Dragon 2

We attended the interview as a guest of 20th Century Fox & DreamWorks Animation

Dean DeBlois  speaks at the "How to Train Your Dragon 2"

Dean DeBlois speaks at the “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox & DreamWorks Animation

We talked with the director of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” on what is was like making a sequel to the popular film “How to Train Your Dragon.” Shortly after the release of the first film, it was decided that they would make a second. “My pitch back was that rather than do a sequel, I was inspired by the idea of it becoming a trilogy. So that the first movie would serve as the first act, and the second movie as a second act, and the third conclusive act to complete the story,” said DeBlois.

“It actually takes three to four years to make an animated movie, and we got started right away, and now we’re finishing. That’s actually how long it takes.” Dean DeBlois

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Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox & DreamWorks Animation

“Our audience that loved the first movie have grown-up with the characters, so it’s nice to be able to age our characters up accordingly,” said DeBlois. When it came to making the sequel, there were 30-40 animators who worked on making “How to Train Your Dragon 2” “The movie was made here in Glendale, and we had a unit up north in Redwood City that used to be PDI,” said DeBlois.

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Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox & DreamWorks Animation

There are some emotional scenes in the film (moms, don’t forget a box of tissues) and we asked DeBlois what age they targeted the film towards. “I think there’s probably an appropriate age for the movie, and three seems a little young,” said DeBlois.

The theme of “How to Train Your Dragon 2” is about loyalty and leadership. We talked to DeBlois about what he hopes that children will take away from the film, “I never second guess an audience. I try to make the movie that I want to see or that I would have liked to have seen when I was 10, and that I would love to see now,” said DeBlois.

“I always feel like it’s a bit of a mistake to consider it just a children’s movie. We always try to entertain everyone in the audience, but not alienate or leave behind the kids.” Dean DeBlois

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Photo courtesy of 20th Century Fox & DreamWorks Animation

Don’t miss seeing the fantastic film “How to Train Your Dragon 2” in theaters this Friday, June 13th.

Learn more about “How to Train Your Dragon 2” online, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest #HTTYD2.

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