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‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Teaser Trailer Prepares You for an Emotional Finale

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All good things must come to an end, and we will be seeing DreamWorks’ most-acclaimed franchise go out with a bang. That movie is How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. After years of delays, we have been greeted warmly with the teaser trailer of the highly-anticipated third and final chapter!

Our hero Hiccup has come a long way since his wimpy beginnings with his Night Fury companion Toothless. Now he and Astrid are chiefs and rulers of Berk, which they have turned into an exotic dragon utopia. However, both humans and dragons are under major threat that will test the limits between Hiccup and Toothless’ friendship.

The teaser trailer gives us our first glimpse at the gorgeously-rendered hidden world, where it’s discovered that Toothless isn’t the last of his kind. In fact, it’s home to a female Light Fury, one which Toothless gets engaged with through some humorously romantic incompetence. We are also introduced to the film’s antagonist Grimmel (voiced by F. Murray Abraham of Isle of Dogs). This man who will stop at nothing to ensure that every Night Fury is hunted down, putting Berk and their dragons in grave danger, and will force them to find a new home for themselves and the dragons.

Along with Abraham, the regular voice cast will reprise their roles, including Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, America Ferrera as Astrid, Cate Blanchett as Valka, Kit Harington as Eret, Craig Ferguson as Gobber and others. Brad Lewis and Bonnie Arnold will serve as producers, while series helmer Dean DeBlois is back in the director and writer’s chair.

With the numerous delays this movie suffered, it’s pretty clear that DeBlois has been taking his time perfecting the script to make it the best conclusion possible, and it’s sure looks to be a major tearjerker. At his Animation Dingle 2017 keynote event, DeBlois stated he showed his script to the prolific filmmaker/DreamWorks co-founder Steven Spielberg and was remarked by Spielberg with the following (at 36:38 in the video):

“Insane Congratulations. I cannot believe what I just read and I had a problem reading the last part of it through my tears. It’s a complete unqualified classic and better than the original. I’ve never witnessed this kind of transformation from the last two drafts I read to this one. I only wish I had points.”

Although this movie is set to conclude the beloved series, it also marks the start of a new era for DreamWorks, as it is their first film to be released by their new owner Universal Pictures. This brings up the interesting fact that each How to Train Your Dragon instalment was distributed by a different studio; the first being released by Paramount Pictures in 2010, the second by 20th Century Fox in 2014, and the third by Universal Pictures in 2019.

Releasing nearly nine years after the first movie, Universal will unleash How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World into North American cinemas on March 1, 2019, so be sure to get that marked on your calendar. Oh, and don’t forget to come prepared with tissues, because if Spielberg cried, I’m sure we will too.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

[Universal / DreamWorks]

Are you excited or nervous about seeing Hiccup and Toothless for the last time? Tell us in the comments below!

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About Karl Smith

Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon series, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt. Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science graduate who is now studying Digital Design in university. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).
  • Dan Siciliano

    I think I know what’s gonna happen in this movie and why Hiccup has grown a beard. Through some emotional experience, someone close to him, besides Toothless, has died and knows he’s got to let go of everything that holds to him, in some way. Either that or you could call me insane.

    • Marielle

      The narration says “when I was a boy, there were dragons, and where they’ve gone, very few know”. So it’s like bearded-Hiccups telling the story of how they had to move the dragon utopia into hiding.

      • Dan Siciliano

        But haven’t you heard from the presses of DreamWorks that the story is going to be much more darker than the second one?

        • Manuel Orozco

          Guess we haven’t

  • versel

    yahhh it migyt be okayyyyy yah aS J SAUD it ight be okay,…..well hafta see

  • Marielle

    That beard is the look I wish they had gone for. I’m not a fan of beards, but beardless Hiccups doesn’t look any older than he did in HTTYD 2. That’s just nitpicking though. I think the trailer is great. It looks epic indeed.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I think the beard is giving a minor spoiler to the end.

  • Jeremiah

    As we say on the internet: I am so hype! The feels!

  • Manuel Orozco

    I’m cautiously excited for this. Toothless flirting technique were hysterical. I know the trailer is a bit spoilery. But what matters to me is enjoying the finished product. The only flaws were not showing the rest of Hiccup’s friends/fellow riders and the use of music with Castle on the Hill. Love the song but it was already used for Ferdinand. Too early for me to say this but Thanks Hiccup and Toothless for one high flying journey this past nearly ten years!

    • Amber Dvorak

      OMG I forgot that exact same song was used for Ferdinand! Yikes, that makes it an even poorer choice.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I still haven’t seen Ferdinand but I do plan to see. I just like the song by itself

  • Sebastian

    So Ive been in contact with one of the animators on the film, (they’re working on it all the way until mid November, deadline) And he confirmed that Dragon 3 takes place a few years after Dragon 2, and the bearded Hiccup being in 30s (something). Also cause I’m interested in how people react to the final film. How do you feel about the visuals so far?

    • Manuel Orozco

      I was hoping a shorter time jump to possibly explore the traumatic effect the conflict with Drago has had on Hiccup and friends especially Toothless. But this will have to do

      • Sebastian

        There are graphic novels that touch upon the events immediately after Dragon 2. The time jump is not that long, max 3 years but not more than that. The best thing about Dragon 3 is that it will most likely showcase different times in Hiccup’s life, which I find very exciting.

        • Manuel Orozco

          I’m not a graphic novel person so no thanks. 3 years doesn’t sound so bad

  • Young McKay

    If Im being honest I thought the second film was an inferior follow up the the 1st, but I did not think it was bad. I am just hoping this has a better villain than the second one mainly.

    • Dan Siciliano

      Me too. I thought Drago Bludvist stunk as a villain.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I actually liked them both equally.

  • Harith Sami

    The song choice for the trailer is awful, because it keeps reminding me of Ferdinand’s trailer, this is the last thing you need to have in a trailer. And the trailer was cut in way that fells if it was chronologically summarizing the plot of the movie, the trailer is by the numbers and isn’t that good, still excited for the movie either way.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I still haven’t seen Ferdinand yet and I am waiting for the right time to get it off DVD Netflix. I didn’t mind the song choice much. Still excited

      • Harith Sami

        Ferdinand is your run of the mil blue-sky movie,

        • Manuel Orozco

          I rather watch the whole thing. I don’t care how childish as long as the film lives up to how heartwarming it looks.

          • Harith Sami

            Then get ready for some lowest denominator type jokes like 2012’s Screaming goat meme, Dabbing horses and a thousand butt joke.
            Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

  • This trailer was STUNNING!! I could look at the Light Fury design forever she is so gorgeous!! I am very excited to see how all of these journeys will end!! ^.^

  • Amber Dvorak

    Not a perfect trailer, what with the song choice and seemingly showing far more than needed in a first trailer. However, all that aside, I’m confident this film will be amazing, and I really didn’t need a trailer to convince me of that anyway. What I did truly enjoy from this was seeing the updated character designs, the absolutely gorgeous ‘hidden world,’ and Toothless interacting with the Light Fury. Spielberg’s comments both make me giddily excited and incredibly anxious about this film series’ end, especially considering I was an absolute WRECK immediately after watching the second one. Glad you included that tidbit, Karl. 👍