In “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” Hiccup’s family gets a bit bigger when he discovers that his mother, who was believed to have been killed by a dragon when he was a baby, actually has been alive the entire time. That twist in Hiccup’s life is the most important subject to be discussed in the movie, according to franchise newcomer Kit Harington.
“It’s not just a kids film. It deals with some very adult issues,” the “Game of Thrones” star says at the press conference for the film. “The really interesting one is the estranged parents one, to me. I haven’t seen many animated films where they deal with something that so many kids deal with at the moments: Having parents who have split up, a single father to bring up a son, and then the son to meet the estranged mother.”
The storyline hit incredibly close to home for Gerard Butler, who reprises his role as Hiccup’s father Stoick in the film. Butler reveals that he also was a child who discovered his estranged parent was still alive late in his life.
“I didn’t see my father for 14 years. I didn’t even know he was alive, and he turned up out of the blue,” he recalls. “I had had a dream [about him] just before [he returned]. I went to my mom and I said, ‘I’m never going to see my dad again, am I?’ And she said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’ And then I came home one night and my stepfather said, ‘Keep your jacket on. You’re going into town, your dad’s here.'”
After all those years, seeing his father again was hard. “I had to go into this restaurant and walk around this packed restaurant going from table to table, literally looking at men going, ‘Is that my dad? Is that my dad? Is that my dad?'” Butler says, adding with a laugh, “He was the weirdest looking guy in the restaurant.”
Craig Ferguson, who voices Gobber, quips, “That’s the guy I would have looked at first.”
“How To Train Your Dragon 2” is Harington’s first time voice acting in an animated film. He plays a new character named Eret, a misguided character who learns to see dragons with new eyes. He admits he chose this as his first kids movie because of its great messages.
“I think the reason it’s so successful is because kids love fantasy, and if you can show a young boy grow up with a very specific talent that they can sort of aspire to have, this one brilliant talent that he has, and then in the second movie take him through his teenage years, which is I think what this movie’s aiming towards as well: Teenagers, and the kind of strife they go through. It’s got loads of that,” he says.
“How To Train Your Dragon 2” is in theaters on June 13.