With its first promo for How to Train Your Dragon’s forthcoming 2014 sequel, Dreamworks Animation seems to have finally learned a few lessons on what makes a better story. It’s not just celebrity voice actors, overdone self-awareness of irony and archetypes, emphasis on angst, trendy pop-culture humor attempts that may expire in months, or millions spent on toy tie-ins and advertising. Instead, Dragon succeeded in 2010 because its story joyously explored family, fantasy, and the wonders of a broken world made better. Based on this teaser, I’m more optimistic that the same filmmakers also know why the first film soared.
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