The biggest news to come out of the panel was that Game of Thrones' Kit Harington has joined the voice cast of the How to Train Your Dragon sequel, and the actor surprised the fans in attendance when he popped in to talk about the gig. DeBlois described the character -- who's amusingly enough called Eret -- as a dragon-trapper who is "very brazen and cocky and has an interesting arc in the story." A character performance test was also shown featuring Eret, where he proclaims that he is "Eret, son of Eret, of many sons. I dare say I may be the finest!" This got a big laugh from the crowd.
The film takes place about five years after the first one, with Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and his faithful dragon Toothless still the best of friends. DeBlois said that the film starts where the last one left off in that the Vikings are now on the backs of the dragons with the entire world in front of them. But of course, there has to be a conflict, and a land is found where humans are at war with the dragons.
Interestingly, DeBlois said that Part 2 was inspired by The Empire Strikes Back of all films, a movie that was hugely influential for him. With a third film also in the works, he thinks it important to up the stakes, especially since he thinks a lot of sequels are pretty disappointing these days.
Peabody & Sherman director Minkoff, who kind of looks like Sherman actually, showed off a clip from his film too. The pair, who are of course based on the old cartoon series, find themselves in the era of the French Revolution, or thereabouts, via their "Way-Back Machine." With the super-smart dog Mr. Peabody facing the guillotine, he devises an elaborate escape that is explained to us onscreen with everything from drawings and diagrams to charts and nutrition fact sheets, only in a much more fun way than that sounds. From there we also got a duel between Peabody and the bad guy and a rocket-like escape, all achieved through the magic of science of course.