If there is a production company with a film franchise that has utilized media across the boards, it’s DreamWorks with How to Train Your Dragon, based on the Cressida Cowell book series. In between films, there have been seasons of different HtTYD series on Nickelodeon and Netflix. Over the years we have had the pleasure to watch a boy go from a Dragon-Slayer-in-Training to a full-grown Dragon-Master. Now in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World—starring the vocal talents of Jay Baruchel (Goon: Last of the Enforcers), America Ferrera (Special Correspondents), and F. Murray Abraham (Robin Hood)—we witness Dragon and Master evolve into maturity.
The Hidden World follows Dragon Master Hiccup (Baruchel), and his Night Fury Toothless, as he fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful Dragon Utopia on the now crowded Ilse of Berk. When Toothless gets drawn away by the sudden and inexplicable appearance of a female of his species, dubbed Light Fury by Hiccup’s Wingmate Astrid (Ferrera), a new menace threatens to shatter the peace established on Berk. Grimmel (Abraham), the fiercest and most feared dragon hunter, is hired by the last remaining dragon poachers to kill Toothless and destroy Hiccup’s way of life. As danger mounts, both human and dragon alike are prompted to begin a search for the mystical ancestral home of the dragons: a hidden world thought only to exist in myth and lore. With Grimmel closing in, Hiccup’s role as village chief is pushed to its limits, while both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save Dragon-kind.
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a wonderful tale of friendship, fate, and ultimately letting go. The lessons one can take away from this film are palpably relatable. The film is seeded with a great cast for its very colorful characters. The animation is amazing: clean, crisp and clear. I hope this isn’t the end of HtTYD, but if it is the finale The Hidden World is a brilliant capper. Now gather together your crazy crew and head on over to your local cinema for some fun at the movies!