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This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows the character Astrid, voiced by America Ferrera, in a scene from "Hot To Train Your Dragon 2." (AP Photo/DreamWorks Animation)
Movie review: More action, higher stakes in ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’
First Published Jun 13 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Jun 16 2014 09:04 am

There is more flying and more danger in "How to Train Your Dragon 2," a sequel to the 2010 animated treat that shows more isn’t necessarily better.

It’s five years later, and the Vikings of the rocky village of Berk live harmoniously with dragons. While dragon races go on in Berk, the inventive Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his black dragon, Toothless, fly around to explore the fringes of the known world.

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’

Opens Friday, June 13, at theaters everywhere; rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor; 102 minutes.

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They find Valka (voiced by Cate Blanchett), Hiccup’s long-lost mother, who works to protect a colony of dragons from the warrior Drago (voiced by Djimon Hounsou), an old foe of Hiccup’s father, the chieftain Stoick (voiced by Gerard Butler).

Writer-director Den DeBlois, who co-directed the first one, raises the stakes with Drago’s threat on Berk and the dragon world, as well as heightening Hiccup’s relationship with Toothless and the rekindled romance between Stoick and Valka.

But the effort sometimes feels overwrought, weighting down a light, frisky franchise with too much epic mythology.

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