Hiccup and Toothless are back at last in the trailer for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. The first two How to Train Your Dragon movies were released in 2010 and 2014, and are widely celebrated for their gorgeous animation and heartfelt storytelling. DreamWorks had once intended for The Hidden World to hit theaters in June 2016, but ultimately ended up pushing the film back to 2019, after ComCast bought DreamWorks Animation and changed up its movie slate.
The Hidden World synopsis reveals that Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless will see their friendship tested "like never before" in the film, now that Hiccup is the chieftain of Berk. In addition to facing a "dark threat" in the form of the villainous Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), the two pals must deal with the appearance of a female Night Fury and the discovery of the "Hidden World" itself. Fans got a glimpse of both of those things in The Hidden World poster released last week, though without much context.
How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2 helmsman Dean DeBlois is also writing and directing The Hidden World, with the intention of giving the franchise a proper conclusion. In doing so, The Hidden World further aims to move these movies closer to Cressida Cowell's source material, by revealing why dragons no longer freely roam the earth today. For a sneak peak at the film, check out the newly-released trailer for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in the space above.
The trailer for The Hidden World starts off by flashing back to Hiccup and Toothless' early days together, before jumping into the story at hand. Based on the footage here, The Hidden World interweaves two storylines; one of which involves Grimmel, who is clearly obsessed with hunting dragons and will stop at nothing to add Toothless to his collection of 'trophies'. The other plot thread revolves around the appearance of the female Night Fury, resulting in some charmingly funny attempts by an unprepared Toothless to woo his would-be mate.
Judging by all that, The Hidden World looks to provide an emotionally satisfying ending to Hiccup and his pet dragon's tale, in addition to being an "epic conclusion" to the How to Train Your Dragon movies. As such, The Hidden World is shaping up to be equal parts fun animated adventure and bittersweet farewell to characters that audiences have come to love over these past eight years. Suffice it to say, longtime fans of the franchise would do best to prepare themselves emotionally for this one.
Source: DreamWorks Animation
- How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019) release date: Feb 22, 2019