‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’: Jay Baruchel & America Ferrara on Giving 12 Years to This Franchise

     February 19, 2019

Nine years after the release of the first How to Train Your Dragon movie, Jay Baruchel and America Ferrara‘s run as Hiccup and Astrid, respectively, is coming to a close. But even though The Hidden World marks the franchise’s third and final film, there’s no denying that the series made its mark and proved to be a seminal animation franchise for both kids and adults.

Hidden World finds Hiccup (Baruchel) worlds away from his position in the very first film. He started as an awkward outcast who couldn’t battle dragons like the other kids his age, but now not only is he the chief and ruler of Berk, but he’s also responsible for uniting the citizens of Berk with the dragons, creating a one-of-a-kind community where both can happily co-exist. The problem is, their dragon utopia is getting a little too crowded for the safety of the population, so it falls to Hiccup and Toothless to find a new home and that’s when Hiccup turns his attention to finding a mythical hidden world.


Image via DreamWorks Animation

With How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World arriving in theaters on February 22nd, I got the opportunity to chat with Baruchel and Ferrara about how they pictured adult Hiccup and Astrid when they first signed on and how that compares to what we see in this last installment, the legacy of the series, and watching Dean DeBlois get the uncommon opportunity to complete an animated trilogy as a director. You can hear about all of that and more in the video interview at the top of this article.

Here’s the official synopsis for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World:

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown…and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What began as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon has become an epic adventure spanning their lives. Welcome to the most astonishing chapter of one of the most beloved animated franchises in film history: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.


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.


Image via DreamWorks Animation

For more of our coverage on How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, take a look at our recent write-ups below:

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