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DreamWorks previews How to Train Your Dragon 3 and more at Annecy Animation Film Festival

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How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World logo

First things first: The third installment of DreamWorks’ much-loved How To Train Your Dragon franchise officially has a title! The conclusion to the movie trilogy will be called How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. The film is still slated for a 2019 release and will include returning voice cast Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, Cate Blanchett as Valka, Gerald Butler as Stoick, and Craig Ferguson as Gobber.

The DreamWorks offerings at Annecy Animation Film Festival will include a presentation on the making of its animated films and the work of How To Train Your Dragon director Dean DeBlois. Most excitingly, the festival will also preview footage from the final How To Train your Dragon film.

DreamWorks will open and close the festival with two new short films produced via its new shorts program, launched last year to develop up and coming talent and explore new storytelling opportunities for potential features. The two shorts screened at Annecy will be Bird Karma, which premiered at the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival, and Bilby, making its world debut.

DreamWorks short film Bird Karma

‘Bird Karma’

DreamWorks short film Bilby


In honor of the 20th anniversary of The Prince of Egypt, Annecy will debut a fully remastered version of the critically acclaimed 1998 film. This retelling of the Moses story was DreamWorks’ first traditionally animated film, and its gross $218 million worldwide earnings made it the most financially successful non-Disney animated film at the time.

DreamWorks' The Prince of Egypt

DreamWorks Television will be showing new content at Annecy as well, with a presentation from Trollhunters executive producer and Emmy-winning director Rodrigo Blaas. Blaas will provide a sneak peek at 3 Below, the upcoming Netflix follow-up to Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters series and the next chapter in his Tales of Arcadia trilogy.

Guillermo del Toro series 3 Below

“Annecy has established itself as the premiere animation festival of the world, and we are extremely honored to be included in its line-up with our first two short films and work-in-progress footage from How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World this year,” said Chris deFaria, president of DreamWorks Animation Film Group. “It’s always a thrill for our filmmakers and artists to show their work to Annecy’s knowledgeable and appreciative audience” (Variety).

The Annecy Animation Film Festival was established in 1960 and is currently held every year in June to showcase new animation in feature film, short film, television and advertising, and student work. It is held in Annecy, France and is one of the world’s leading film festivals for animation.

For a full list of the films that will be screening at this year’s Annecy from June 11-16, visit http://www.annecy.org and navigate to ‘Official Selection.’

Via Variety.

What do you think of DreamWorks’ Annecy lineup? Which of these upcoming projects are you most excited about?

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  • Karl “Karlamon” Smith

    Two adorable animated shorts? One of my favorite movies remastered? A sneak peak at my most-anticipated future animated feature? This is amazing!

    These ambitions are what I love seeing DreamWorks do instead of pandering junk like The Boss Baby. I hope they keep pushing in this direction, because this could help them once again become a serious competitor for Disney and Pixar.

    • Harith Sami

      *Jennifer Yuh is open to work for more Kung Fu Panda films.
      *Edgar Wright isn’t working on anything after Baby Driver 2, get him to finish his shadow movie.
      Just stay away from Trolls, Boss Baby-ish films, you can do better than that.

      • Harith Sami

        The Croods might shape up to be a great franchise if the sequel is done right.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I’m excited for Trolls 2 but KFP won’t surprise me too much.

      • Amber Dvorak

        Yes to the shadow movie!!

      • Sebastian

        I wonder if Shadow is still in development?
        Boss Baby-ish hehe. Honestly just the title is not very appealing. Would have been better if they called it Boss & Tim.

  • Man I wish I could see all of this.

  • A hand drawn short? Neat! I guess that makes up for the Me and My Shadow movie getting axed.

    • Jeremiah

      No. No It does not. Still want.

      But this is exciting. 🙂

  • Manuel Orozco

    I’m excited for HTTYD 3. It’s like next year will mark the end of my young adulthood. Just like the original was released at the near end of my teen years. I was 17 to be exact and I’m 25 now

  • Marielle

    I’m very excited for the shorts. I think it’s a great idea to recycle Larrikins into a short so we at least get to see the beautiful art style they were developing.

  • Harith Sami

    So the plot summery is “Toothless finds a hidden world that has Nightfuries in it (a dragon specie known to be extinct)”.
    Rio 2, Ice age 2 much ? JK
    Is it just me or does every HTTYD movie have a hidden world? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/de032215ca68a7e7701ded72642bb9638f9ce626b974241e4b09a74e830878c1.jpg

    • Manuel Orozco

      Good point but it can be perhaps the biggest discovery ever.

  • Katie Lewis

    I can see that Dreamworks is slowly recovering!

    • Manuel Orozco

      I ignored Boss Baby but at least Trolls and Captain Underpants were enjoyable.

  • OOOO SO EXCITED FOR HTTYD!!! The new title sounds so mysterious and cool!! Idk which new project sounds so cool, but can’t wait to hear more about them!! :))