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A How to Train Your Dragon 2 Trailer for the Spoilerphiles and the Spoilerphobes

Here’s the first official plot trailer for How to Train Your Dragon. Normally we consider anything in an official release to be non-spoiler territory, but in this case there’s fansite buzz about how folks who worked on the film are unhappy with one of the reveals in this particular trailer. Quick working fans have crafted a “spoiler free” version of the trailer that you might be able to catch here or here. If the marketing team wants this particular bit of info out there, however, you’re probably going to find out one way or another, short of sticking your head under an expertly computer rendered moss-covered rock until the movie comes out in June.

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  • Ashe

    Cate Blanchett, your voice is simultaneously beautiful and haunting and I could listen to you read the ingredients on a peanut butter jar label and not be bored.

    Also, DRAGONS!

  • Jason Rye

    Honestly, as soon as it was revealed that Cate Blanchett was voicing a new character, it was pretty obvious, who that character was going to be (thanks tvtropes).

  • Anonymous

    I watched the spoiler version because I don’t care enough about that franchise for it to make any difference. However, if I had made that film, I would be pretty pissed too. The spoiler scene is very short and it would’ve been very easy to make a trailer without it. The marketing showed a lack of both respect and judgment on that one.

  • Cy

    I’m glad Toothless is still a giant house cat. That spoiler is the biggest trailer based spoiler I have ever seen. I can see why they’re unhappy about it. I’m really excited for this movie. I think nexy summer is going to make up for how much meh this summer managed to produce.

  • Rachel Ripley

    doesn’t seem like it’s that big a spoiler to me. i’m not annoyed. maybe it’s supposed to throw us off and when that line comes up in the film it means something completely different?

  • Foxfire

    I’m pretty good at rocks. I’ll let you know in six months whether I get spoilered or not.

    And that gives me six months to decide whether I want to see it or not. I’m still haunted by Hoodwinked 2. :(

  • Jason Rye

    Even with out the spoiler in the trailer, as soon as they showed her with out her helmet on, it was pretty clear due to resemblance (eyes, brow/forehead) who she was meant to be.

  • AnnaB

    I’m a *little* annoyed that the trailer showed so much. I rather like getting only snippets and being made to guess. That first release of the Dragons 2 clip was masterful and then they let the entire thing out in this new trailer.

    Nevertheless, I would still want to see the whole movie. Wouldn’t miss it!

  • Jason Rye

    Though when he got up and walked on two legs, that was total Stich.

  • kinoumenthe

    Argh, too late ! I saw the original one somewhere else. And was frankly surprised that such an important bit of info made it in there. Oh well.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t mind the spoilers in this instance, but more generally speaking I really dislike the trend of throwing everything into a trailer. The “put all the best bits in the trailer” gimmick is bad enough, but this is, I assume, supposed to be one of the pivotal plot reveals of the entire movie. And there it is in the trailer. It’s getting to the point where it’s going past “entice people to see the movie” and into “I don’t need to see it because it was all in the trailer” territory. What if they’d put the bit about Norman Bates’ mother had been in the trailer for Psycho? Or Vader’s “I am you father” line? Or “Soylent Green is people!” What if we’d known Tyler Durden was a hallucination the whole time because a trailer showed it to us? Sure, the movies are still good after you know, but you miss out on the initial surprise of the moment. And the memory of that surprise in future viewings.

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  • Anonymous

    OK but there are books, so how can they truly be spoilers? His mom shows up in the books, they were published a few years ago… NOT a spoiler.

  • Nicole Resweber




    HOW did I not know How to Train Your Dragon were books?!?!?!? :O

  • Anonymous

    Just because you saw a movie or book don’t mean other people saw/read it too.
    Unless it is a ridiculously famous spoiler (“I’am your father” famous), everything is a spoiler =P

  • Anonymous

    yes! Cressida Cowell :)

  • Anonymous

    While I agree (I certainly haven’t read the books), I think that spoiler territory is murky when it comes to that.

  • Anonymous

    The first 3 books in the Song of Fire and Ice series were published BEFORE the first How to Train Your dragon. Do you think it is ok to go spoiling things to people about this series ?

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  • Jill Pantozzi

    I also had NO idea it was based on books so don’t feel bad.

  • Anonymous

    Ah bummer! I knew that was the speculation behind the character, but if I were making the movie, I’d be super pissed to just have it laid out like that.

  • AJ

    Very loosely based on books. Book!Toothless is a Terrible Terror and Hiccup can actually talk to dragons.

  • Laura Truxillo

    They’re…eh. If you’re not under the age of 11 or so, you probably won’t enjoy them so much. They’re not bad, but they’re not a thing like the movies, really. I mean, I read a lot of kids books for fun, but those are a little more…hm, think Space Brat Bruce Coville rather than Magic Shop Bruce Coville. Not bad, just definitely aimed for a younger crowd.

    Also, Toothless is less adorable and more of a pissy jerk. Kind of reminded me of Rudolph in the old “My Friend the Vampire” series.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I couldn’t get over the trailer of Saving Mr. Banks. I mean, they actually show Disney’s game-changing revelation about the purpose of Mary Poppins. Why do that even?

  • brandon

    I like how NOBODY is focusing on the:

    1. The beautiful animation.

    2. Great character moments (especially between Hiccup and Toothless)

    3. A new, badass female character in Valka

    4. The goddamn SCALE of it all (just look at Drago’s armada in the second half of the trailer, the flying scenes, or any scene taking place in the arctic).

    5. DRAGO!


    Nope. Not even of any importance. It’s all about ‘spoiler’. Which, according to one of the people who works for marketing at Dramworks/Fox, isn’t really even a spoiler.

    Nice to know everybody has their priorities straight. *epic eyeroll followed by a facepalm*

  • Anonymous

    I just hope Astrid has a big part (though past experience makes me fear she won’t). She was a great character in the first one and my daughter (now 8) loved to pretend to be her. She also liked Sally in Cars, and Sally just disappeared from the sequel.