As we all very well know, sequels are pretty much a guarantee when a movie does well, especially when it comes to computer animated feature films.
DreamWorks Animation has always been second to the masters of animated features, Pixar Animation, but they’ve done a great job improving their status over the years by delivering some impressive films. Unlike Pixar, who’ve always been a little reluctant on the idea, DreamWorks has never shied away from a sequel opportunity. Their biggest success, Shrek, turned into a major four-film franchise and Madagascar has its second sequel set for release in 2012. They also have a sequel to Kung Fu Panda on the way and a Shrek spinoff planned.
All of that said, it should come as no surprise that DreamWorks Animation has had plans to release a sequel to their last big hit, How To Train Your Dragon, and now they’ve started to reveal details on the sequel.
The studio has announced that the sequel, which will of course be in 3D and is looking at release some time in 2013, is now moving full speed ahead with cast and crew taking form. Most of the voice talents from the first movie are confirmed to be returning, including Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller, and Kristen Wiig. At the moment, it’s unclear whether or not Gerard Butler will return as well.
Dean DeBlois will handle writing and directing the movie this time around. Chris Sanders, who co-directed the original with DeBlois, will be helping out as sort of an adviser along the way. Sanders is currently co-directing another animated feature for DreamWorks called The Croods.