Dreamworks Animation kicked off How to Train Your Dragon in March of 2010 to worldwide success. Here we are nine years later celebrating the epic conclusion with the upcoming Hidden World, set to release in cinemas nationwide this weekend.
The initial plot ( to recap if you aren’t aware) follows Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) who is a Norse teenager from the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. His progressive views and weird sense of humor make him a misfit, despite the fact that his father (Gerard Butler) is chief of the clan. Tossed into dragon-fighting school, he endeavors to prove himself as a true Viking, but when he befriends an injured dragon he names Toothless, he has the chance to plot a new course for his people’s future. Now venturing into the trilogy’s finale (with a Netflix tv show also to boast) we meet an older Hiccup with new problems he must face.
The Hidden World has strong themes of love as well as the bonds of friendship. But, what truly sets How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World apart is it’s detailed storytelling. With compelling character development and a well flushed out plot, this isn’t just a movie for kids. We loved the humor, and the cinematography is breathtaking. You’ll truly feel as if you’re flying high with Hiccup and the gang in cinemas. We took away a strong sense of animal rights, and the ability to trust in oneself. In our current political environment where both the environment and animal’s rights seem second tier to human greed, The Hidden World provides a real tear jerker about why freedom and co-habitation are stronger than selfish pursuits. We dare you to leave the theater with a dry eye. This is one animated feature, you shouldn’t miss.
Without any spoilers, we think you’ll go home with alot of laughs, and slightly weepy eyes.
P.S. – We really hope Dreamworks cooks up a sequel based on the next generation. No pressure, but get it on it.