Dean DeBlois’ How to Train Your Dragon was one of the most pleasantly surprising films of 2010 — a visually stunning and heartwarming adventure that set a new precedent for DreamWorks Animation — and today we get our first look at the much-anticipated sequel in this exceptionally pretty teaser trailer. Rather than revealing the film’s plot, we are simply treated to one brief scene in which Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless — five years on from the events of the first film — attempt a thrilling new trick while mid-air. It’s a great way to sell the film’s strengths, and while this franchise is not likely to threaten Pixar’s dominance, I would like to see DreamWorks’ raise the bar again with this one.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is due June 20, 2014, and features the voice talents of Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Watch the teaser trailer below.