Just in time for the release of How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the franchise's first two movies have been given the Honest Trailer treatment. Originally released in 2010, the original How To Train Your Dragon stars Jay Baruchel as the voice of Hiccup, a young Viking who shuns the dragon-hunting ways of his fellow villagers and instead proves that humans can coexist with the beasts, all thanks to his newfound fire-breathing pal, Toothless. HTTYD and its 2014 sequel both enjoyed critical and commercial success and stand among DreamWorks' most popular releases.
This month finally sees the release of the third entry in the trilogy, The Hidden World. Featuring most of the primary cast members of the first two adventures and introducing a scaly new love interest for Toothless, The Hidden World sees Hiccup on the hunt for a fabled dragon paradise, as the village of Berk is now over-populated with the fiery beasts. The Hidden World is supposedly the final installment in the HTTYD series and is the first DreamWorks feature to be distributed by Universal after their 2016 acquisition.
To celebrate the release of The Hidden World, the team over at Screen Junkies have released an Honest Trailer for the first two HTTYD films, casting their ruthlessly hilarious eye over Hiccup's first two lessons. Highlights of the trailer include comparing Toothless' behavior to internet cat videos, pointing out the wildly different accents of Hiccup and his father, and questioning why the dragons in Game of Thrones need to be quite so violent.
By Honest Trailer standards, the video is incredibly kind, taking more shots at rival movies than HTTYD itself. In 2019, there are few better endorsements of a movie's quality than when Honest Trailers can't find much to make fun of. As expected, however, the trailer does bring up several points that will be impossible to forget during future viewings, such as the comparison between Hiccup's friends and Thor's Warriors Three and the fact that the first two HTTYD movies contain very little in the way of actual training.
The HTTYD Honest Trailer demonstrates the high regard this franchise is currently held in and the films represent a rare example of a sequel that lives up to the reputation of its predecessor. As such, there is a certain amount of pressure on How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World to maintain that level of quality and join the likes of Toy Story and Back To The Future in the (extremely exclusive) club of trilogies that delivered three consistently great movies.
Source: Screen Junkies
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) release date: Feb 22, 2019