How to Train Your Dragon - The Hidden World
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How to Train Your Dragon gets an emotional farewell at NYCC while new characters are teased

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Oct 7, 2018, 2:03 PM EDT

Are you ready to fly? Dreamworks animation brought a new look at How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third and final installment of the epic animated trilogy. The panel brought together director Dean DeBlois, producer Brade Lewis, Jay Baruchel, and surprise guest F. Murray Abraham.

How to Train Your Dragon is regarded as one of the finest properties to come out of Dreamworks animation and this third film looks to continue that trend while giving audiences a satisfying and emotional payoff. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World takes place a year after the first film, and Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is adjusting to his role as viking team leader, alongside his beloved dragon Toothless.

Writer-Director Dean DeBlois discussed the challenges of computer animation during the early stages of his career and how his process has evolved through the Dragon films, which was his first experience with computer animation, coming off Disney's hand-drawn feature, Lilo & Stitch (2002). DeBlois praised computer animation's  "boundless" potential and its ability to make anything possible. This technology has allowed for some new techniques in The Hidden World, which is said to offer the best animation we've seen from the series. Dreamworks Animation released a clip on their Twtter account, briefly showcasing some new footage from the film and announcing the release of a new trailer on October 25th:

DeBlois also discussed the newest dragon, a white female dragon that looks similar to nightfury who can blast a fireball, fly through it, and heat up her scales so that they become a mirror- essentially giving her cloaking abilities. Much of Toothless's journey will focus around his courtship of this newest dragon. Hiccup on the other hand will have to be more of a fighter than a lover. A new villain also comes into play in the third film, Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), a hunter who wants to get his hands on Toothless. 

When asked to discuss what the trilogy meant in terms of its legacy, DeBlois said that it was a rare oppurtunity to create a series of films that could stand alongside the likes of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Toy Story as one of the all-time great film trilogies.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will be released on February 22nd, 2019.

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