The beloved story of the unlikely friendship between the adolescent Viking, Hiccup and the fearsome Night Fury dragon, Toothless returns to theaters with a new epic adventure in How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on February 22. This last installment of one of our favorite animated franchises brings a heartfelt message of courage to audiences of all ages.
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 destines are revealed, dragon and rider will fight together—to the very ends of the Earth—to protect everything they’ve grown to treasure.
Movie Review + Press Junket
The boys and I had a chance to catch an early screening of How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World earlier this month and loved it. The film was beautiful, not only cinematically, but with its heartfelt message as the characters discover their own strength and face their fears.
We’re big fans of the HTTYD franchise, so the ending was bitter sweet for us. During the press junket, I asked Jay Baruchel (voice of Hiccup), how it felt to say goodby to their characters.
I don’t know that I’ve processed it completely – that it’s over. It’s a weird thing because in addition to these three films, we’ve been doing the TV shows. And so, there hasn’t been a single time since we first started where we weren’t playing these characters…
I suspect when all is said and done — 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.
Most actors don’t voice their characters for television, so I love how Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera continue to lend theirs! The shows feel more like a continuation of our beloved movie and characters rather than something secondary.
HTTYD: The Hidden World introduces us to Light Fury, a female dragon that Night Fury falls for. There’s a lot of cute flirting from Toothless, which made us love him even more!
There’s also a new villain, who comes with scary dragons of his own that might be a little too much for some young viewers. He’s a poacher and will stop at nothing to get his prize…Toothless. But like all good family-friendly animation, good always wins.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is out in theaters February 22.
Thank you Universal Pictures for having me! All opinions are my own.
And if you happen to visit Universal Studios Hollywood, be sure to take a virtual ride on Toothless!