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How to Train Your Dragon:
The Hidden World
How to Train Your Dragon 3 poster.png
Teaser poster
Directed by Dean DeBlois
Produced by
Written by Dean DeBlois
Based on How to Train Your Dragon
by Cressida Cowell
Music by John Powell[1]
Edited by John K. Carr
Distributed by Universal Pictures[2]
Release date
  • February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22) (United States)
Country United States
Language English

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is an upcoming 2019 American 3D 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. It is a sequel to 2010's How to Train Your Dragon and 2014's How to Train Your Dragon 2, and is the third and final installment in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy.[3]

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, T. J. Miller, Kristen Wiig and F. Murray Abraham. This will be the first DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by Universal Pictures, whose parent company NBCUniversal acquired DWA in 2016,[4] and since the end of their distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. The film is slated to be released on February 22, 2019[5] in the United States.


After becoming the chief of Berk, Hiccup has fulfilled his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, while the sudden discovery of a wild, elusive mate lures Toothless away. When danger threatens their village and tests Hiccup's reign as chief, Hiccup and Toothless are forced to leave the only home they know. As they travel to a hidden world thought to only exist in myth, both dragon and rider will fight together to the very end to protect everything they love.[6][7]



In December 2010, DreamWorks 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."[12] 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."[13] DeBlois said in an interview that the third part will be released in 2016.[14] 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").[15]

The film is being produced by Bonnie Arnold, and exec-produced by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders.[16] Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller and Kristen Wiig are set to return in the third film.[16] Cate Blanchett will also reprise her role as Valka from the second film.[8] On November 14, 2017, it was announced that Kit Harington will reprise his role as Eret and F. Murray Abraham has joined the cast.[10] In the earlier stages of production, DeBlois has stated that Djimon Hounsou would also return as Drago Bludvist,[17] though there has been no recent report of his character's return.[citation needed] On April 17, 2018, DreamWorks announced that the sequel's title has changed to How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.[18][19]


In September 2012, 20th Century Fox, the studio's then-distributor partner, and DreamWorks Animation announced the release date for June 18, 2016,[16] which was later changed to June 17, 2016.[20][21] In September 2014, the film's release date was moved to June 9, 2017.[8] DeBlois explained the release date shift: "It's just that these movies take three years. I think it was a little ambitious to say 2016 (laughs). 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."[22]

In January 2015, the release date was pushed back to June 29, 2018 following corporate restructuring, massive lay-offs, and to maximize the company's "creative talent and resources, reduce costs, and drive profitability."[23][24] On June 18, 2016, the release date was moved up to May 18, 2018, taking over the release date of Warner Animation Group's The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.[25] On December 5, 2016, the US release date was pushed back again to March 1, 2019.[26] Then on September 27, 2018, the release date moved forward, to February 22, 2019, taking over the slot of another DreamWorks film, The Turning.[27]


On May 31, 2018, the first poster was released and the first official trailer premiered on June 7.[28][29]


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  6. ^ Gallagher, Brian (5 December 2016). "How to Train Your Dragon 3 Delayed, Gets New 2019 Release Date". Watchr Media. Retrieved 18 June 2018. As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless' discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the dragon away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup's reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.
  7. ^ "HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD Official Trailer". DreamWorks Animation. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 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.
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