How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World - an emotional conclusion to the Viking trilogy

Whet your appetite with our guide to the best bits, facts and voice stars.

By Sophia Moir Published: 24 May 2019 - 12.48pm
Film

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Cressida Cowell

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World brought the famous DreamWorks Animation movie trilogy to an epic and emotional conclusion.

Loosely based on Cressida Cowell’s book series of the same name, the third and final film in the How to Train Your Dragon movie trilogy, released at the beginning of 2019, continues to bring the mythical Viking world to life.

While discovering his dragon Toothless isn't the only Night Fury, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) seeks a safe haven for dragons called ‘The Hidden World’ - a dazzling dragon utopia.

We reveal the best bits about the movie, fascinating facts you didn’t know, who voices the characters and more, as How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is released in the BT TV Film Store.

Who voices the characters?

The film features Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder) as the voice of Hiccup, America Ferrera (Ugly Betty) as Astrid, Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth) as Valka, Craig Ferguson (Brave) as Gobber, and F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus) as Grimmel.

Supporting voice cast include Jonah Hill (Moneyball) as Snotlout, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad) as Fishlegs, Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) as Ruffnut and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as Eret.

3 reasons to watch How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World…

Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon 3

1. The ‘dazzling’ animation of The Hidden World

The first two films brought the mystical Viking world to life so spectacularly, scooping countless Annie awards for its use of animated effects.

The final part of the trilogy is no different, with critics praising the use of computer-generated imagery to create the dragon sanctuary of The Hidden World.

Michael Nordine of IndieWire.com writes: “The Hidden World is brought to life with some of the most eye-catching CGI in recent memory.

“The animation itself is striking - an early sequence in which the sky is filled with dragons is an early sign of the visual treats to come - and ends up being the film’s highlight."

Devesh Sharma from Filmfare calls the animation “spot on” while Peter Travers from Rolling Stone adds that “the courtship between Toothless and Light Fury is a thing of balletic beauty that brings out the dazzling artistry of the animation.”

2. The emotional message of the film for children (and grown-ups too)

The film’s emotionally intelligent ending has been compared to Harry Potter, with a satisfying conclusion that might leave parents a little tearful as well as their offspring.

[Spoiler alert] With Hiccup saying goodbye to his beloved dragon Toothless so that he can live in a safer, better world, it’s a soft message to children about growing up, and letting go.

The film teaches little ones that all good things must come to an end, whether that’s saying goodbye to friends at school or, like Hiccup, the heartbreaking loss of a pet.

Just remember to bring the tissues...

3. It concludes the How To Train Your Dragon film trilogy

We’ve been watching Hiccup and Toothless grow on our screens for nearly a decade now, as the first film was released back in 2010.

The film’s writer and director Dean DeBlois says the trilogy’s narrative arc is “Hiccup’s coming of age story”, as he goes from being a hapless young teen to a mature young adult - and a husband and father!

The film ends the now-complete trilogy on a high note, with Dani Di Placido from Forbes calling the final movie “wonderful” and Petrana Radulovic from Polygon writing that “the saga finishes in a bittersweet yet ultimately fulfilling way.”

Trivia: Did you know...

Hiccup riding his dragon in How to Train Your Dragon 3

1. According to TVTropes.org, director Dean DeBlois notes that the Light Fury is not another Night Fury, but a distinct relative of the species. Her ability to disappear through fireballs is caused by the fire heating her scales to become reflective of her surroundings.

2. Get the snacks ready - with a running time of 104 minutes, this is DreamWorks Animations’ longest film to date.

3. The giant Alpha Dragon, Bewilderbeast, from How to Train Your Dragon 2 (who got his tusk shot off by Toothless) can be seen in the crowd of dragons in The Hidden World, according to IMDB.

4. Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), America Ferrera (Astrid) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fishlegs) are the only actors to voice their characters in all three movies and six TV series.

5. [Spoiler alert] The film's short epilogue is set around 10 years after the final events of the film, with Hiccup and Astrid now parents to two children - and Hiccup finally sporting the beard that we saw in the trailer, according to ScreenRant.com.

What fans are saying about How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World:

[Spoiler alert] Fans of the movie praised the romantic marriage of Hiccup and Astrid, calling it one of the most ‘stunning’ weddings they’ve ever seen:

More in the Store

If you haven’t already seen the first two How To Train Your Dragon films, they’re both available to buy or rent in the BT TV Film Store now.

Plus, if you liked How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, you’ll love films like ShrekMadagascarKung Fu Panda and The Croods - all available in the Store.