Keep Training Your Dragon

Pretty much the entire creative team behind DreamWork’s mega-hit “How to Train Your Dragon” are returning for the sequel, which will most likely hit theaters in 2013.

Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, and Kristen Wiig will reprise their roles, with more work in store for Toothless and the original’s other non-speaking, fire-breathing favorites. After sharing writing and directing duties with Chris Sanders on the original, Dean DeBlois will take over both tasks on the sequel, with Sanders (who has his hands full co-helming DWA’s 2012 caveman comedy “The Croods”) remaining creatively involved in an executive producer capacity.

“How to Train Your Dragon” grossed almost half-a-billion dollars worldwide, and is being looked at as the newest cash-printing franchise for the animation studio since “Shrek” finally wrapped up. There are nine books in Cressida Cowell’s series, so they shouldn’t run out of material anytime soon. And I have to say, “Dragon” is so much better than any of the “Shrek” movies, so if they’re going to build a brand out of anything, at least they’re doing it on solid footing.