Sometimes you think of two shows at the same time….
Kids not only understand [a dark story] but appreciate it … Because in the real world there’s fear, and dark things happen no matter how young you are. People lose parents, people lose friends … There’s darkness in the world. So I think when kids are talked to in that way, they appreciate it. They’re not being given some candy-coated, ‘Oh, this is a world where there are no stakes.’ I think that actually insults their intelligence.
America Ferrera (Richard Crouse interviews How to Train Your Dragon 2’s stars Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and director Dean DeBlois)