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DreamWorks Animation’s third and final installment of How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World bids us farewell. For almost a decade my family and I have followed this trilogy through it’s adventurous and surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown and how nothing can ever train you to let go.
Who would’ve ever thought that an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking boy and a fearsome Night Fury dragon would turn into an unbelievable exploration of life between man and beast?
We had a quick chat with Jay Baruchel the force behind Hiccup and America Ferrera the heart and soul of Astrid about farewells and favorite parts.
Jay Hasn’t Said Goodbye Yet
Jay told us that he didn’t know that he’d processed it completely — that it’s over. He commented that it’s a weird thing because, in addition to these three films, they’ve been doing the TV shows. (Talk about double duty.) And there hasn’t been a single time since they first started where they weren’t playing these characters.
Yeah, it has kind of snuck on me personally. I don’t know that if I’ve processed its like finality. I suspect when all is said and done I sort of — we finish promoting it and getting the word out and all that, and I go home and have a moment’s rest, it will all come crashing down, I think.~ Jay Baruchel
America Gets Emotional
America was almost in tears as she shared thatshe was all in her feelings during Hiccup and Toothless’ farewell. When Hiccup sacrificed himself for Toothless everything just tied together perfectly for her from the music to the visuals, it was a cinematic, epic beauty.
Dean knew when he sat down to write the first film that like it was headed to that moment of Hiccup realizing — having built a friendship where he was willing to sacrifice anything. And, thank God, they both lived. ~ America Ferrera
It’s the end of an era. My boys and I have been following How To Train Your Dragon since it’s inception. Goodbyes are never easy but DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World gave us an incredible beginning and ending. We walked away with closure and a story that we hope will live for decades amongst families.
How To Train Your Dragons: The Hidden World in theaters February 22
Directed By Dean DeBlois
Produced By: Dean DeBlois, Bonnie Arnold, Brad Lewis
Based on the Graphic Novel: How To Train Your Dragon
Cinematography By: Gil Zimmerman
Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, F. Murray Abraham, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson
Now chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid, Hiccup has created a gloriously chaotic dragon utopia. When the sudden appearance of female Light Fury coincides with the darkest threat their village has ever faced, Hiccup and Toothless must leave the only home they’ve known and journey to a hidden world thought only to exist in myth. As their true destinies are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.