DreamWorks Animation announced this week that ti would bring the epic-adventures of Toothless the dragon and Hiccup and the Vikings on the Island of Berk back to the big screen with a 3D sequel to “How to Train Your Dragon” in 2013.

The first film has grossed some half a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller and Kristen Wiig are already signed on for the sequel. Dean DuBlois will be back to direct.

“Nothing could be more exciting for me than being charged with carrying this story forward, into the unknown reaches of Hiccup and Toothless’ ever-expanding world,” DeBlois said. “Ambitions are high with this epic next chapter, and together with an incredible team of filmmakers, we plan to build upon How to Train Your Dragon’s originality, boldness and heart, in hopes of once again touching audiences around the world.”

“How to Train Your Dragon” is the tale of a young Viking named Hiccup who defies tradition and befriends a dragon. It is scheduled to be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Friday.

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