How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

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Runtime: 104 min -
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. It is the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) and the final installment in the How to Train Your Dragon film trilogy.[5] Written and directed by Dean DeBlois, the film stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, and F. Murray Abraham.[6] The film's plot follows Hiccup seeking a dragon utopia called "The Hidden World" while coming to terms with Toothless' new bond with a female Light Fury. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World was released on January 3, 2019 in Australia, and on February 22 in the United States. It is the first DreamWorks Animation film to be distributed by Universal Pictures, after the end of their distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. Universal's parent company NBCUniversal acquired DWA in 2016.[7] It received positive reviews from critics, who cited the animation, action sequences, musical score, voice acting, characters, emotional weight of the story and conclusion.[8] It grossed over $519 million worldwide, becoming the fifth highest-grossing film of 2019 and the highest-grossing animated film of that year, as well as Universal's highest-grossing animated film not to be produced by Illumination.
Budget: $129 million
Box office: $519.8 million
Plot: One year after the events of the previous film, Hiccup, Toothless and their fellow dragon-riders continue to rescue captured dragons in order to bring them to Berk and its bustling dragon and human utopia. Their efforts have resulted in the island becoming overpopulated with dragons. In a response to the overcrowding, Hiccup aspires to find the "Hidden World", a safe haven for dragons spoken of by his late father Stoick. Meanwhile, a white female 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 white Fury, a new species[9] that Astrid dubs a "Light Fury", in the woods and the two become enchanted with each other until the Light Fury, sensing Hiccup's nearby presence, becomes frightened and flees. Hiccup and Tuffnut later discover Grimmel's dragon traps in the area which were intended to trap Toothless. Grimmel visits Hiccup that night, revealing he has hunted down all the other Night Furies, but Hiccup has prepared an ambush to capture him. Grimmel escapes, burning down Hiccup's house and part of Berk in the process. In response, Hiccup rallies the citizens and dragons to leave Berk on a quest to find the Hidden World and safety from dragon hunters. Mid-journey, the Berkians discover an island on which they initially plan to rest for a short while. Seeing Toothless's inability to fly solo hindering his growing relationship with the Light Fury, Hiccup builds an automatic tail for him.[nb 1] 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 and quickly reports back to Hiccup. Hiccup and the riders head to capture Grimmel; yet, they fall into his trap and barely escape. Ruffnut is captured but irritates Grimmel into letting her go, after he realizes he can secretly follow her to the Berkians' new location. Hiccup and Astrid, who are searching for Toothless, find the Hidden World and see Toothless and the Light Fury leading the dragons there as a happy couple. When the two humans are discovered and menaced by other dragons, Toothless rescues Hiccup and Astrid and returns them to the Berkians, with Hiccup realizing that humans would be intruders and unsafe in the Hidden World. Suddenly, Grimmel appears and captures Toothless and the Light Fury, who followed Toothless back. Grimmel uses Toothless's alpha status to capture the rest of Berk's dragons by threatening to kill the Light Fury if any dragon or Berkian attacks. With Astrid's encouragement, Hiccup sets out with the dragon riders to stop Grimmel and his army. Gliding on wingsuits, they catch Grimmel's army off-guard, igniting a battle. Hiccup frees Toothless, but Grimmel drugs the Light Fury into obeying him. Hiccup and Toothless give chase and Hiccup manages to get onto the Light Fury, but Grimmel tranquilizes Toothless in midair, causing the dragon to fall helplessly towards the ocean. Hiccup, realizing he cannot rescue Toothless alone, frees the Light Fury and implores her to save Toothless. He then lets go, causing him and Grimmel to fall towards the water as well. Hiccup loosens his peg leg, causing Grimmel to fall to his death, while the Light Fury unexpectedly grabs Hiccup and brings him to safety. Back on the island, Hiccup realizes that dragons will never be safe in the human world. Hiccup bids a tearful farewell to Toothless and all of the Berkians set their dragons free to live in the Hidden World. Toothless brings all the dragons to his command for one last time as the Light Fury leads them away to their new home. Three months later, Hiccup and Astrid marry on the island on which the Berkians have settled. Ten years later, Hiccup, Astrid, and their two children sail across the sea, at the edge of the Hidden World. It is shown that Toothless and the Light Fury have mated and given birth to three dragon fledglings. After introducing his two children, Hiccup and Astrid take them flying on Toothless and Stormfly, accompanied by the Light Fury and their offspring. Hiccup vows that Berkians will guard the secret of dragons until humankind can co-exist peacefully with each other and dragons can return in peace.
How to Train Your Dragon:The Hidden World
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDean DeBlois
Produced by
  • Bonnie Arnold
  • Brad Lewis
Written byDean DeBlois
Based onHow to Train Your Dragonby Cressida Cowell
  • Jay Baruchel
  • America Ferrera
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Craig Ferguson
  • F. Murray Abraham
Music byJohn Powell
Edited byJohn K. Carr
DreamWorks Animation[1]
Distributed byUniversal Pictures[1]
Release date
  • January 3, 2019 (2019-01-03) (Australia)[2]
  • February 22, 2019 (2019-02-22) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
Budget$129 million[4]
Box office$519.8 million[4]