How To Train Your Dragon 2 - It’s Dragons Day!

To celebrate Dragon's Day, NG Kids flew to Norway to experience the fun and excitement of How To Train Your Dragon 2, out now on DVD & Blu-ray! We explored a Viking village by both helicopter and Viking boat, learnt how to draw Toothless, (almost) mastered how to fly like a dragon and even tried our hand at Dragon Racing! But the first thing we did was catch up with Simon Otto, the Head of Character Animation on this amazing film - check it out!




Etching everyone's favourite Night Fury!



Before we reached for our pencils and sketch pads, we were treated to a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at how the animators created this awesome adventure sequel. Incredibly, DreamWorks’ artists and engineers invented brand-new cutting edge technology, called Apollo, for this film, which made it much easier for them to animate and experiment with each frame. Finally, it was our turn - with Simon’s step-by-step instructions, we were able to draw a cheeky-looking Toothless, gobbling his favourite dish! Why don’t you give it a go?



A dragon rider's number-one sport!


In How To Train Your Dragon 2, the residents of Berk love nothing more than a spot of Dragon Racing! Zooming around the island, collecting as many sheep as possible, the dragon riders make this sport look like a breeze. But since there weren’t any dragons available when we were in Norway, the aim of our game was to gather as many of these woolly creatures in our team’s corner instead. We soon realised it was a lot tougher than we first thought...




Flying lessons from the experts!


After our not-so-successful dragon races, it was time for us to learn how to fly... Hiccup style! We soared over Gudvangen Viking Village in our red metal dragon (er, helicopter), before heading out high above Norway’s incredible fjords. Gliding through the clouds, it really felt like we were on the back of one of the film’s famous mythical creatures! And, as if we hadn’t flown enough, we travelled to VossVind, Norway’s first indoor skydiving wind tunnel, to experience zero gravity free falling! After we’d been briefed on what to expect and how we’d communicate whilst in there, we donned our flight suits, safety goggles and crash hats, ready for take-off. 




All aboard a replica Viking ship!



Pinching tips on how to sail a Viking boat from the film’s baddie Drago Bludvist, we grabbed our oars and paddled out onto the lake, surrounded by the beautiful fjords. We received brief Viking rower training, before putting our arms through their paces! With Simon Otto leading the way giving us our orders, we worked as a pretty good team. Although, having ginormous arms like Hiccup’s dad, Chief of Berk Stoick the Vast, would have definitely helped!



How To Train Your Dragon 2 is out now on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD from Twentieth Century Fox.




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Produced, edited and written by Chloe Ward.
Images: Simon and Chloe following animation masterclass, Viking boat from land and onboard Viking boat  - Kjersti Veel Krauss

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