If there’s pressure that comes with sustaining a blockbuster franchise, it wasn’t apparent on the faces of the creative minds behind “How to Train Your Dragon 2” at its premiere Sunday.
Before the sequel unspooled at Los Angeles’ Regency Village Westwood theater, producers of the 20th Century Fox/DreamWorks Animation toon were all smiles while owning up to the burden that comes with keeping the momentum going on a kiddie favorite.
“I was very wary of a disappointing follow-up,” said director/writer/executive producer Dean DeBlois. “No one wants to be associated with a letdown.”
“Dragon” producer Bonnie Arnold shared that the audience keeps her on her toes thanks to the immediacy of social media. “We’re more in touch than ever before,” she said. “You can tell instantly whether you’ve headed down the right path creatively.”
Many of the actors who lent their voices to the film were on hand, including Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson and America Ferrera. Also on hand to take in the toon were Dylan McDermott, Neal McDonough, Kathryn Hahn, Paige Turco and Ming Na-Wen.