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How to Train Your Dragon:
The Hidden World
How to Train Your Dragon 3 poster.png
Teaser poster
Directed byDean DeBlois
Produced by
Written byDean DeBlois
Based onHow to Train Your Dragon
by Cressida Cowell
Music byJohn Powell[1]
Edited byJohn K. Carr
Distributed byUniversal Pictures[2]
Release date
  • January 3, 2019 (2019-01-03) (Australia)[3]
  • February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes[4]
CountryUnited States
Budget$129 million[5]
Box office$29.1 million[5]

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 2019 American computer-animated action fantasy film loosely based on the book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Universal Pictures. A sequel to 2010's How to Train Your Dragon[6] and 2014's How to Train Your Dragon 2, it is the third and final installment in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy.[7]

Written and directed by Dean DeBlois, the film stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Justin Rupple, Kristen Wiig and F. Murray Abraham. This is the first DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by Universal Pictures, whose parent company NBCUniversal acquired DWA in 2016,[8] and since the end of their distribution deal with 20th Century Fox.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was released on January 3, 2019 in Australia and is scheduled to be released on February 22, 2019, in the United States.


One year after the events of the second movie, Hiccup continues to rescue dragons with his fellow dragon riders and friends. Even though he has fulfilled his dream of creating a utopia where humans and dragons live together, Hiccup still tries to save dragons and bring them to Berk while dreaming of finding the mythical 'Hidden World', a dragons' safe haven his late father Stoick told him about. Unfortunately, his efforts have also resulted in the island becoming severely overpopulated with dragons. Meanwhile, the last remaining female Night Fury, held captive by warlords, is given to infamous dragon hunter Grimmel the Grisly as bait for him to capture Toothless for the warlords' use as an alpha.

Toothless discovers the female Night Fury (dubbed a 'Light Fury' by Astrid) in the woods around Berk, the two quickly becoming enchanted with each other; yet, the Light Fury senses Hiccup's presence (him having followed Toothless) and flees. Hiccup and Tuffnut later discover Grimmel's dragon traps in the woods. Grimmel visits Hiccup that night, but the latter has prepared an ambush to capture him; Grimmel manages to escape, burning Hiccup's house in the progress. Hiccup rallies Berk's citizens and dragons to leave Berk on a quest to find the Hidden World.

Mid-journey, the Berkians discover an island which they initially plan to rest on; soon, though, they decide to settle there, even if only temporarily. Seeing Toothless's inability to fly solo hindering his growing relationship with the Light Fury, Hiccup builds him an automatic tail. Upon receiving the tail, Toothless flies off, meeting the Light Fury on his own and flying with her to an unknown land. Valka, on a scouting patrol, notices Grimmel's approaching army, quickly reporting back to warn Hiccup. Hiccup and the dragon riders head to capture Grimmel; yet, they fall into his trap, barely escaping. Ruffnut, however, is captured but soon let go to return to the Berkians, followed unbeknownst by Grimmel.

Hiccup and Astrid search for Toothless, finding the Hidden World and seeing Toothless and the Light Fury leading the dragons there as alphas and mates. However, the two are soon discovered, Toothless being forced to leave and take Hiccup and Astrid back to the Berkians. Hiccup realizes his people wouldn't be safe living with dragons in the Hidden World. Suddenly, Grimmel, having followed Ruffnut, appears, capturing Toothless and the Light Fury.

With Astrid's encouragement, Hiccup sets out with the dragon riders to stop Grimmel and his army and save Toothless, the Light Fury and all the captured dragons. Gliding in on wingsuits, they catch Grimmel's army off-guard, igniting a massive battle. Hiccup frees Toothless, while Grimmel drugs the Light Fury into obeying him. Hiccup and Toothless give chase; after a heated aerial duel, Grimmel tranquilizes Toothless midair. Hiccup, realizing he cannot save Toothless alone, frees the Light Fury instead, who saves both Toothless and Hiccup in the nick of time while Grimmel falls to his apparent death.

Reuniting briefly on the island, Hiccup and Toothless bid farewell to each other as all the Berkians set their dragons free. Toothless and the Light Fury lead the dragons to the Hidden World. Eventually, Hiccup and Astrid get married as the Berkians settle permanently into their new island. Years later, Hiccup, Astrid and their two children visit Toothless, the Light Fury, and their three offspring, Hiccup vowing that until mankind can coexist with them, the dragons will stay hidden while the Berkians guard their secret.



In December 2010, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg announced that there would also be a third film in the series: "How To Train Your Dragon is at least three: maybe more, but we know there are at least three chapters to that story."[15] Dean DeBlois, the writer and director of the second and the third film, said that How to Train Your Dragon 2 is being intentionally designed as the second act of the trilogy: "There are certain characters and situations that come into play in the second film that will become much more crucial to the story by the third."[16] DeBlois said in an interview that the third part will be released in 2016.[17] Although the series has taken a different path of telling a story of Hiccup and Vikings, Cressida Cowell has revealed that the trilogy and the book series will have similar endings (with "an explanation as to why dragons are no more").[18]

The film is being produced by Bonnie Arnold, and exec-produced by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders.[19] Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig are set to return in the third film,[19] with Justin Rupple replacing T.J. Miller as Tuffnut.[12] Cate Blanchett will also reprise her role as Valka from the second film.[9] On November 14, 2017, it was announced that Kit Harington will reprise his role as Eret and F. Murray Abraham has joined the cast.[11] In the earlier stages of production, DeBlois has stated that Djimon Hounsou would also return as Drago Bludvist.[20] It was even planned to have Drago redeemed by the film's end, but halfway through development, Steven Spielberg convinced DeBlois that the story of Drago's redemption required more screen time that they could not provide, causing his inclusion to be scrapped.[21] On April 17, 2018, DreamWorks Animation announced that the sequel's title would be entitled How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.[22][23]

Release & marketing[edit]

In September 2012, 20th Century Fox, the studio's then-distributor partner, and DreamWorks Animation announced the movie's release date to be June 18, 2016[19]; this date was later changed to June 17, 2016.[24][25] In September 2014, the film's release date was moved again to June 9, 2017.[9] DeBlois explained the release date shifts as such: "It's just that these movies take three years. I think it was a little ambitious to say 2016... As is normally the case, they kind of throw darts out into the future and wherever they land they call that a release date until we start talking about it in practical terms, and then it's like, 'Uh yeah that's not enough time'. So knowing that they take three years from this moment, from outlining and writing the screenplay through to the final lighting of it, it's just a process of building models and doing tests and animating, storyboarding, the whole thing just adds up to about three years."[26]

In January 2015, the release date was pushed back to June 29, 2018 following DreamWorks Animation's corporate restructuring and lay-offs meant to maximize the company's "creative talent and resources, reduce costs, and drive profitability."[27][28] On June 18, 2016, the release date was moved up to May 18, 2018, taking the release date of Warner Animation Group's The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.[29] On December 5, 2016, the US release date was pushed back again to March 1, 2019.[30] The release date was moved in September 2018 up to February 22, 2019, taking the slot of The Turning, a live-action DreamWorks film.[31]

The movie's poster was released on May 31, 2018. Its first trailer premiered on June 7, 2018, while its second trailer was released on October 25, 2018.[32][33]


Box office[edit]

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World grossed $1.5 million on its opening day in Australia, setting a record for a DreamWorks Animation film in that country (surpassing Shrek 2). In New Zealand, the film grossed $173,000 on its opening day, ranking as DreamWorks Animation's second biggest opening day in the country, behind Shrek 2.[34]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100% based on 13 critics, and an average rating of 7.5/10.[35] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 83 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[36]


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