How to Train Your Dragon 2 won Best Animated Feature at the 42nd Annual Annie Animation Awards, taking home a total of six honors including one for director Dean DeBlois.
A sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, was written and directed by Dean DeBlois and released on June 13, 2014 and was a box office success.
Annie Awards honoring the best in film and TV/broadcast animation for 2014. “Dragon” helmer Dean DeBlois nabbed directing honors at Saturday’s kudos, presented by ASIFA-Hollywood at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus.
Dragon 2, which had its world premiere at the Cannes, grossed only $177 million during its domestic run that began June 13. But international audiences went along for the ride, and Dragon 2‘s overseas success made it the No. 1 animated movie released in 2014 with $618 million worldwide. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is this year’s clear animated favorite in the buildup to the Academy Awards later this month.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2″ also picked up awards for feature character design (Fabio Lignini), storyboarding (Truong “Tron” Son Mai) and music (John Power, Jonsi).
Based on the book series by Britain’s Cressida Cowell, How to Train Your Dragon 2 follows the adventures of a young Viking called Hiccup and his pert dragon Toothless.
A second sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 3 is to be released on June 29, 2018. The film’s success has also inspired other merchandise, including a video game and a TV series.