Universal has moved the release date for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World up a week. The DreamWorks animated sequel is the third installment in the How to Train Your Dragon film franchise, which itself was adapted from the fantasy novel series by Cressida Cowell. How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2 were released in 2010 and 2014, respectively, and grossed well over $1 billion at the worldwide box office combined, in addition to earning great reviews from critics across the board.
The Hidden World picks up a year after the events of How to Train Your Dragon 2, as Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) - the newly appointed chief of the Viking village of Berk - and his loyal dragon buddy Toothless set out to create a utopia where all vikings and dragons can coexist in peace. However, when a dragon hunter named Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham) shows up wanting to add Toothless to his collection, it falls to Hiccup, Astrid (America Ferrera) and the other residents of Berk to make a difficult choice: battle Grimmel or find their dragons a new home, where they will be safe from any and all human threats.
Universal has now officially moved The Hidden World's release date up a week from March 1, 2019 to February 22. This isn't the first time the film has changed release dates, either; in fact, a third How to Train Your Dragon movie was once scheduled to arrive all the way back in Summer 2016. Fortunately, those release date delays are mostly due to changes that NBCUniversal made to DreamWorks Animation's film slate after it acquired the studio in 2016, as opposed to concerns about The Hidden World's actual quality.
As it stands, February 2019 is going to be pretty busy when it comes to big film releases. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is currently set to open in theaters one week after both X-Men: Dark Phoenix and the Blumhouse horror movie sequel Happy Death Day 2U, and will arrive just two weeks after another anticipated 3D animated sequel, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, hits the scene. On the other hand, The Hidden World's new date also gives it an additional week to play in theaters before Brie Larson's Captain Marvel makes her big screen debut.
Seeing as The Hidden World promises to bring the How to Train Your Dragon films to an emotionally satisfying close for the generation that grew up watching these movies (as well as those parents who watched them with their children), it shouldn't have much trouble attracting a sizable crowd at the end of February - or at any date, for that matter. Suffice it to say: anyone who's followed Hiccup and Toothless this far will want to see their journey through to its exciting (and, most likely, tear-jerking) conclusion.
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) release date: Feb 22, 2019