Since the end of the last How To Train Your Dragon, Berk - the Viking village - has become a very different place. And moviegoers will be happy to see it.
Whereas before the Vikings trained their entire lives to fight with their fire-breathing enemies, now they live side by side with the Dragons, and it makes for some spectacular cinematic set pieces - as in the first five minutes of the film, when we see an elaborate 'Dragon Race', a sort of Quidditch-with-sheep that has become the new pastime of Berk.
But it isn't all fun and games in [How to Train Your Dragon 2](movie:44736). Some of what marked this franchise out was it's ability to be family friendly while including a few darker elements.
And there are a few potential scares here. From the marked rider we meet flying an impressively massive dragon, to the invading armies and ultimate bad guy Drago Bludvist.
Along the way we meet Dragon pirates, and see Hiccup and Toothless explore the rich and immersive world, which will be a treat for many.
Interestingly, the franchise has been developed in it's ongoing TV series, which has filled the gap between HTTYD 1 and 2. Although this movie works fine without having seen them, the series will move to Netflix and continue the story in anticipation of [How to Train Your Dragon 3](movie:570818).
So without giving too much away, this next film will see Vikings riding dragons, and flaming sword, the ice-giant Dragon king and an all out assault on Berk. It should be a thrilling ride.
So are you looking forward to How To Train Your Dragon 2? What are you anticipating most? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!