Why How to Train Your Dragon is a Perfect Trilogy

Why How to Train Your Dragon is a Perfect Trilogy

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movies, two tv series, games, comic books and all the hype surrounding it and me writing
a full-on essay on these films I still couldn’t tell you how exactly you are to train a dragon. I remember back when the first movie came
out. I was 11 years old at the time, still knee
deep into my Warriors phase yet devouring most every animated film that came out in
theatres. It was a strong year when it comes to those
with some of the most underappreciated films to date, a perfect conclusion to a trilogy
sure to never return to the big screen and Space Chimps 2. 1 star? “Space Chumps?” Now don’t be so hard on them edwardrevans,
they worked very hard on that grammatically incorrect catchphrase. I’d like to invite you for a moment to go
back and picture yourself in the mindset people had going into the trailer for the first one
of these movies. Dreamworks came right off the heels of Monsters
VS aliens which the best thing I can say for that is it was great to show off 3d glasses,
Madagascar 2, not born into today’s meme culture and at face value a highly mediocre
sequel and Kung Fu Panda. These three couldn’t have been more different
conceptually and in execution. Where you had the rather shallow message of
Monsters VS Aliens to embrace strangers with kindness and change with positivity and whatever
it was Madagascar 2 was trying to tell me besides that that I should be on the lookout
for bloodthirsty oldtimers on my next trip to Africa, only Kung Fu Panda stuck out in
its message about being yourself and was supported by a cast consisting of celebrity voice actors
which Dreamworks have become synonymous with but that actually helped improve the film
alongside stellar animation, writing and music. Neither of the other films that came after
it had that and it really seemed like what Dreamworks had going for it with that film
was a lightning in a bottle that couldn’t be captured twice, at least not in the foreseeable
future. But from the first moment that black silhouette
first started flying across the screen and soaring through the air in that first teaser
trailer it was clear that Dreamworks meant business with this one. After all, it was actually based on a series
of children’s books so we already had a vague idea of what this film would turn into
what with its charming characters and goofy illustrations this was sure to be a fun romp
but during these ten years of its existence has turned into something so special to so
many people, even those who have either grown out of their “kids film phase” or have
a dislike for dreamworks, the company as a whole. And that’s because How to Train Your Dragon
isn’t just the story of a young viking befriending a dragon and the friendship they share or
a highly ineffective guide to training one in real life but a series of films so consistently
strong in its themes it’s a coming of age story like no other and tho each consecutive
film had a heavy weight to carry on its shoulders was successful in carrying over those themes
that it allowed the audience to grow with its characters and the filmmakers to slowly
flesh out this world to where it’s become something so tangible this trilogy only feels
like a small part in our heroes’ overall journey. Today, it is time to take a look at that part
and find out what makes How to Train Your Dragon such a perfect trilogy. Now I imagine many of you watching are fans
of the How to Train Your Dragon series and for those of you who are, what would you say
was the #1 draw for you to wanna check it out? Was it the premise itself, was it just because
it was another animated movie, was it the universe and its inhabitants? Whatever the reason was it’s clear that
a ton of effort went into these last two points in particular as there are few worlds in animation
that feel as tangible and real as Berk despite being populated with arguably the most popular
breed of fantastical creatures. There is a massive variety in depictions of
dragons in children’s media and they’re synonymous with the fantasy genre as a whole. I say this because it’s an element to these
movies that will follow us throughout this whole video. How to Train Your Dragon is not unique in
this. Animated movies about a hero befriending a
dragon are not a new thing, it’s no coincidence they chose this title for the franchise. It not only has something very playful about
it but also taps into a desire of many going in to see these movies, to own your very own
dragon. Just as there are many dragons in children’s
media there are as many that introduce them for the sake of having something flashy to
put on their young adult fantasy movie poster without much going for it in terms of actual
relevance to the plot, it was crucial to get this element of the films right not only to
avoid falling into this trap, the very foundation of this reality. As you may know these films are based on a
book series so it probably shouldn’t be hard to just take elements from those and
translate them to this story right? At least pointing out what dragons to include
shouldn’t be so hard. Well, as is the challenge with adapting any
story a short children’s book series can play out a lot differently from a 90 minute
film and whichever part is gonna be left out of the finished product will inevitably disappoint
those going in expecting a faithful adaption of the story. The films therefore largely stepped away from
this approach, opting for a more loose adaption with even the main dragon toothless being
a far cry from how he was depicted in the books. Just like how Hiccup has a love interest now,
from what I’ve heard there really isn’t much in regards to similarities between book
and film and that really was the smartest possible move in my opinion to not only make
the movies stand on their own but also allow the franchise to grow organically through
introducing new characters that can play off Hiccup in ways not possible in the books. As with any fantasy series it’s often not
even the main character that make you want to come back to it, our protagonist often
acts as a catalyst for what would be our own reactions to the world around him. And as each of these movies introduces a new
element to the world of Berk it makes it seem like there is more to this place than meets
the eye, which makes it a smart decision to start them off at a smaller scale and escalate
their encounters to an entire new world of dragons by the third film. Lilo & Stitch directors Chris Sanders and
Dean Deblois were about the most suited duo for the job as they’ve not only proven their
talent for designing needlessly adorable mascots but also stories that feel grounded in reality
with a twist. Honestly as someone who never really cared
for the whole space invasion aspect of Lilo & Stitch I feel they did an even better job
combining this sense of wonder as we meet new kinds of dragons or foes on our hero’s
journey with the heartfelt moments that stick with you as you leave the theatre. The story itself went through a lot of changes
in its earlier stages but the world it took place in stayed largely the same and I feel
with each movie they became more confident in introducing elements that add to the sense
of adventure without feeling like a crux to sell more toys. It may seem silly to talk about what seem
like minor details compared to the grander narrative first but I feel it’s elements
like these that are missing from many other cg films from the 2000s that either too closely
resembled a real-life setting when trying to flesh out their world and thereby ending
up feeling uninspired [a]or tried coming up with a unique setting of their own that falls
flat due to a lack of interesting inhabitants or loose rules on how its world works. [b] Have you ever heard of Dragon Hunters? It was this French cartoon about two warriors
in what I can only describe as a Mario Galaxy prototype of floating land masses out to capture
the dragons of the world to pay rent, it was a silly show that didn’t ultimately go anywhere
over the course of its two seasons but still managed to get a cg movie in 2008 that was
released to little fanfare and completely slipped me by even tho I was obsessed with
the show as a kid. Now having watched the film just recently
it’s easy to see why it never really caught on internationally, the plot is pretty shallow
the only really interesting characters are our two main protagonists, one of which is
voiced by Ruben from Lilo and Stitch and the dragons themselves are more akin to Mario
Galaxy mini bosses than genuine threats. Now of course the dragons from How to Train
Your Dragon were never meant to be seen as threats either of course but the film still
excelled at providing a contrast between our initial perception of what a dragon is supposed
to behave vs how wrong you were to assume that. Only when expectations like this are already
in place you can start to try and subvert them, which is the very theme that defined
this first movie in the series and helped us to wanna interact with these monsters themselves,
to see what makes them tick and how many different kinds there are in this world. This of course is in no small part thanks
to the character designs and animation, inarguably some of the strongest aspects of these films,
particularly in conveying a sense of scale whenever we get a swooping shot of the city
of Berk or they’re arriving at a central location in the story such as the Hidden World
from movie 3 or the dragon sanctuary from the 2nd film and during some of the film’s
many flight sequences that offer an exhilarating feeling of speed and gravity that makes you
wonder how Bee Movie ever got away with anything less. John Powell’s brilliant compositions mixed
with cinematography supported through the legendary Roger Deakins make these the most
visually stunning and immersive movies in Dreamworks’ CG lineup, as they know exactly
when to take a break from the main meat of the films and let the imagery speak for itself. But the score in particular also serves the
purpose of maintaining a consistent subconscious narrative over the course of these films that
starts with the very first shot. Now my friend Sideways already made a brilliant
dissection of the score composition in this scene who himself was inspired by another
video on the same subject so I think I’m in the clear to paraphrase it. Essentially, the first shot of the movie,
narration and all introduces us to Stoick’s theme, Astrid’s theme, the viking theme,
the dragon theme and hiccup’s theme, all the major musical themes that would carry
on throughout the entire film and franchise. This makes it very easy to not only go back
to this opening and unravel how these ideas were introduced from the very beginning, making
the narrative feel much tighter but also associate these themes with each of these characters
and ideas. Paired up with themes that get introduced
later on this is further proof that details like this do matter when constructing a narrative
as the soundscape of How to Train Your Dragon is not only one of its most consistently brilliant
aspects but enhances the visuals through making us subconsciously aware of these characters
presence and giving weight to moments where they stray away from this and introduce a
new theme for any of the film’s villains or other side characters. Hiccup’s theme may stay consistent across
all three movies but he is far from being a stagnant character. In fact he is one of the finest examples in
allowing viewers to grow up alongside a film’s protagonist over the course of multiple movies. Ever heard of the concept of the hero’s
journey? It’s essentially this narrative model usually
depicting 12 steps a hero has to take on his path to glory or just to complete his arc. There’s the call to adventure so showing
the town that dragons really aren’t so bad, the threshold of guardians (hiccup’s father),
the revelation in the form of toothless you get the idea. How to Train Your Dragon 1 was pretty closely
modeled after this concept and by the end of it the two worlds were connected, everyone
was happy and Berk was a better place because of it. The future of this town was left open but
it was still a self-contained story for the most part where Toothless learned to be a
fighter, convinced his friends that what they were doing was wrong and his father also saw
great potential in him, somewhat hinting at potential sequels in the future. But something interesting happened when the
next film actually came around as a lot of the same elements can still be found in here,
but slightly varied to where it evokes a different feeling. Lemme give you an example. The inciting incident for Hiccup in the first
movie was finding Toothless. He wanted to prove himself as a warrior yet
chose to spare him, thereby bridging the gap between the two worlds. The second film challenges that tranquility
they adapted in living together with their dragons when they find out there are other
dragon riders wanting to capture the dragons and use them for their own gain. And the third film forces Hiccup to face the
challenge of becoming the town’s new leader and make sure their symbiosis doesn’t get
thrown for a loop, with the Light Fury seeming like a positive for Toothless at first but
affecting their relationship to where Hiccup has to make a choice on whether they can live
together in peace. This whole element doesn’t come into play
until the very last few moments in the third film and I’ve seen tons of people describe
it as a lazy way to wrap up this franchise but from where I stand it seems like the most
realistic and conclusive outcome to this entire saga that rather than consisting of three
separate stories taking place in the same universe tell one whole story split up into
three parts. You see, the hero’s journey as a concept
is not restricted to individual pieces of work it’s just that often it makes sense
to structure you film accordingly because you either want to tell a complete tale over
the course of it and/or because it’s an easy method of making sure your protagonist
resonates with the audience since they can protect their own beliefs and struggles onto
this character. The How to Train Your Dragon films are no
different from this but instead chose to revisit different stages on the path to show different
perspectives for the struggles one might have to face in a world populated by dragons, as
the first film dealt with the initial contact between the two worlds, the second one saw
their beliefs challenged through a new adversary and the third sees them returning to the status
quo brought upon by powers out of their control. And knowing Jeffrey Katzenberg it would not
surprise me if the first movie was never meant to stand on its own in the first place as
he’s pretty good at predicting what franchises will take the lead for them next, he just
doesn’t know when to stop is all. [c] Now obviously they haven’t planned for things
to turn out exactly this way by the time the first movie came out in fact it was only confirmed
to be a trilogy by the time the second came out which was also when it was announced chris
sanders would not be involved with them anymore, but it shouldn’t ultimately matter what
your end goal was at the start of the series if you know how to end it by the time you
introduce new elements to it that should go to enhance the narrative, rather than distract
from it. Adventure Time for instance is a great example
of how not to go about this. Now obviously the two are very different and
I don’t know if it’s fair to compare a tv show to such a very self-contained movie
franchise but just bare with me for a second. You know how in Adventure Time they kept hinting
at Finn’s arm having some sort of higher meaning? They showed his alternate reality counterpart
with a mechanical arm in the future, even a season 2 episode saw him imagine a heroic
depiction of himself with a roboticized version in its stead [d] and even had a pillow for
a hand at one point. Setting the rumor mill in motion people started
speculating on what this could imply for the hero’s future, is this a metaphor, is something
gonna happen to his right hand man Jake?? Is there some deeper meaning here? [e] Oh nevermind he literally just loses his arm. And then replaces it with a new arm. And loses that one. And replaces it with a new one that turns
evil and starts attacking him. And there was a bee who had the hots for his
arm and I will continue to suppress that part. After building up to Finn’s appendage for
so long and turning it into the main point of contention between Adventure Time fans
to call this part of the narrative a missed opportunity would be an understatement. So compare that to how to train your dragon
where we see Hiccup helping out a wounded Toothless who thanks to his mistake has lost
his ability to fly. He helps him get back on his feet the two
of them become friends and later on in the film when Hiccup loses his leg it is also
Toothless who is first to comfort Hiccup and help him get back on his feet. The two of them are connected through their
handicap, it’s not something that makes them lesser individuals but the very foundation
on which their friendship is built. There’s no need to spell this out for the
viewer or to add some tacky transformation arc where the two of them grow back the parts
they lost, it’s a struggle they share and soon doesn’t even feel like one anymore
as Hiccup gets used to it and even upgrades it in the second film harkening back to his
craftsmanship. It’s such a small detail but it works wonders
in informing us about the time that has passed between the first and second movie and how
much Hiccup especially has grown, tho not necessarily in his voice. But honestly say about Jay Baruchel what you
may Dreamworks rarely had a more iconic voice for its main character than with his depiction
of hiccup, he’s got the perfect fledgling explorer type voice it’s like a modern Michael
J Fox. A[f]nd I promise I’ll get to those films
eventually instead of just namedropping them in every other video. I still remember when the second film came
out and everyone utterly lost their minds over Hiccup’s redesign and that’s honestly
for good reason. It doesn’t happen often that a timeskip
is made so apparent within an animated franchise, even Finn barely changed visually throughout
the course of Adventure Time. By the second film Hiccup is a much more capable
dragon rider, he stands his ground and knows what he wants yet still retains that innocence
that also gets represented through the handicap which like I said he never even considers
one over the course of these films when he first meets his mom. A beautiful moment that her voice actress
even considers the greatest character entrance in theatre history. So. Someone clearly hasn’t seen Madagascar 2.[g] Adding a mother figure to films like these
can often seem like a needless addition to somehow expand the cast or to add a twist
that didn’t need to be there yet she serves as a great catalyst for the loss Hiccup has
to face when his dad gets strapped away from him later on in the film, a decision that
was not only bold but very unusual when you consider the narrative as a whole. Any time a scene like this occurs it’s usually
very early on into the film to signal that our hero would need to embark on this journey
alone while Stoick faces a pretty sudden demise. And I’ve been sitting on this scene in particular
for a while, it really stuck with me. Something about the way it’s paced, the
reaction shots and Toothless’s interactions with Hiccup it just didn’t seem right. It’s a feeling that stuck with me up until
the third film came out. But there was that one moment from that film
that really helped put things in perspective in my eyes. It’s right after Astrid and Hiccup arrive
at the Hidden World and he is first confronted with the idea of someday needing to let their
dragons go, which is when he reflects on something his father has told him when he was a kid. [h] And I think that’s a really great way to
address what happened in the second film. Hiccup still hasn’t fully moved on, the
timeskip between the second and third wasn’t as big so the memories are still fresh with
moments like these acting as more connective tissue that honestly make me forgive moments
like Stoick’s death. Death itself is unpredictable and they’ve
honestly just shown it in its purest and most tragic form, when you don’t see it coming
and it’s brought upon by someone you thought you could trust. It really put things in perspective for Hiccup
and is probably his lowest point across these three films, which in turn makes it something
he can draw the most strength from. And this is a growth that can be seen not
only in Hiccup but the entirety of Berk. There are way more different types of dragons
with the alphas being a very natural addition and draco is a threat that cannot be defeated
through simply talking your way out of it. The three films may seem similar but much
like Kung Fu Panda 2 this sequel feels like a much more polished and mature experience. [i] So let’s talk about the third movie. Unlike the first and especially the second
movie, the hidden world is very much a story about toothless. His relationship with the light fury, his
place in the world of the dragons and what his relationship
with Hiccup means for their species. If the first movie was about Hiccup as an
individual and the second was about his past then the third was largely about everything
that wasn’t him, as Grimel mainly took an interest in Toothless, the night fury for
his own personal gain. Hiccup was merely a means to an end. And I actually really like this approach,
it’s evidence that the filmmakers had a genuine respect not just for the human characters
but also the dragons. Honestly the humans were never really the
main selling point for anyone going into these I don’t think did anyone actually care about
Johan Hill’s love quest for Hiccup’s mom in this film, was that ever someone’s wet
dream that needed to be woven into this story? No it was the relationship between humans
and dragons and between the dragons themselves that was the draw for this film in particular
aside from just being the last in the series. But even in the other two films Berk itself
was never meant to be the be-all-end-all place where dragons resided, it was a town that
dragons happened to be apart of but if you told this specific tale yet chose different
human characters from another town we would be none the wiser, there was never a chosen
one or a specific goal any of the characters had to fulfill to save someone in particular
it was just people getting by and they never portrayed the human characters as anything
above that. The third film went about this aspect really
well, painting Astrid as more of her own character rather than merely serving to reassure Hiccup
about his actions and emphasising the relationship between the dragons and their riders, feeling
like a much more personal experience than the very goal-oriented second movie, not to
say that one didn’t have its highpoints and it’s really not a contest about which
of these was superior to another but man just Hiccup letting go of Toothless the same way
they first met in the first film? Yeah no it’s really surprising to me how
big a topic of contention the third film has become among fans yet “Maui but he screams”
gets a pass[j]. The continuity across these films is just
great. Hiccup has a scar on his face in the first
film? Here’s the explanation. When they’re going up against Drago, Hiccup
is finally able to open the wingsuit after not being able to in the beginning of the
film and even tho Hiccup says in the first film that he was the first not to kill a dragon
both his father and mother didn’t either; It’s not a retcon it just shows that all
these people are fully capable of making their own decisions like letting go of their dragons
for the greater good for everyone. It’s a harsh note to end the series on but
with how much planning went on in structuring and plotting out these films it’s a 100%
conscious decision. Like how the father son relationship was not
strong enough at first and how they realized the second movie needed some tweaking after
the mom was supposed to willingly leave the village in their first draft which would have
turned her into way less of a likeable character. Not to bring Adventure Time back up again
but we really didn’t need another Martin situation in these movies. I like badass dragon mom we don’t get those
types of characters that often, it’s welcome in this franchise that can’t exactly be
described as the pinnacle of originality. I mean. Let’s face it. We’ve all seen these movies before in one
form or another. We’ve seen the adventurous Snotnose trying
to get his dad’s approval, we’ve seen the friendship between a boy and his mythological
creature, hell even the second and third movies stole plot points from one another. I wouldn’t even say any of these three are
perfect on their own. But that does not mean the three of them as
a whole couldn’t be a great trilogy nonetheless. Okay so as I’m writing this script the new
non-canon(?) holiday tv special “How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming” just aired
on NBC and tho I’ve not seen it yet there was so much more fuss about it than I expected. Usually when one of these holiday specials
airs it’s not that big a deal or even much of a surprise, people are just kinda numb
to it. Homecoming was different, Homecoming’s trailer
alone got so many more views than should be justifiable for what it is and I bring this
up because it’s easy to forget just what a cultural landmark How to Train Your Dragon
has become in Western Animation. Not the most influential, not even in a groundbreaking
way but this fandom has such a genuine love and affection for these characters and this
world that it’s really just admirable for a simple boy meets dragon story. It’s hard to say exactly what it is about
these movies and tho it would be reasonable to assume the dragons are a huge part I think
it’s more so how unapologetically coming of age these films are that it sees it’s
main protagonist literally growing out of the phase he was in over the course of it. In Hiccup you have someone who needs to get
over the loss of a parent, finds the love of his life, finds a friend for life who also
happens to be his pet that he gets to go on adventures with, these adventures come to
a halt, he needs to decide whether this is the right direction to head into, he needs
to take on the responsibility of deciding that for others too, he needs to grow up and
make choices that are addressed in a way only animation is able to. Each movie represents a step on Hiccup’s
journey to becoming something greater than he could have ever anticipated and harken
back to Dreamworks’ early days of actually creating animated movies grounded in reality
where the wrong choices can have a deep impact and affect the story moving forward. They represent a deep desire in people to
go out and explore this world on their own. Not just the world of Berk that in itself
is beautifully constructed and really wears its influences on its sleeves, but also the
world out there! To go out and get stuff done! Cause if I had to describe this trilogy as
a whole with just one word, it would be exciting. No. exhilarating. No. Yes. exhilarating is good. It’s a coming of age tale about a boy and
his dragon fighting stigma against the both of them and coming out on top through all
the hardship. It’s a tale of friendship and co-dependence
where you don’t feel like they need to sugarcoat things to forcefeed us a happy ending but
to do what’s right for the characters. it’s a hero’s journey [k]unlike any other
despite in many ways being a hero’s journey like any other. And whatever you may feel about some of the
choices they made along the way, There’s something we can never take away from them. And that’s that they got motherf*ing dragons.

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “Why How to Train Your Dragon is a Perfect Trilogy

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  2. Trathaal says:

    “Maui but he screams’ has got to be the most amazing description of Drago I have heard

  3. Luc Orange says:

    I first read the book then I watched the movie but all the time I never knew they were based off each other till the credits started rolling and I really loved this series, it was amazing with stellar animation and I also really loved the books, though the book and the movie had literally nothing in common except finding his mom. I’m joking! But really this series was a blast (cause toothless shout lightning BLASTS, ahem I’ll stop now) but I wanted to thank this youtuber to really recognize how beautiful this trilogy is because How To Train Your Dragon is a underrated movie at least in my opinion because a lot of people I know have pretty much never heard of it before. Also your right Jake really doesn’t know what to stop because there is gonna be a homecoming. How To Train Your Dragon HOMECOMING!

  4. Thakid-Geo says:

    I’m glad I finished the last movie last week I’m fulfilled with the ending

  5. KingOfDoggos says:


  6. Sergeant So N' So says:

    cosmodore i sincerely hope you never refer to yourself as a "youtuber" you are a walking advertisement mate.

  7. Hamdon Nut says:

    Thumbnail looks like hiccup has got that r🅰️pe face on pact

  8. Carl Loreto says:

    hearing tuffnuts voice actor speaking more “intellectually” is cursed

  9. Charlotte De Clercq says:

    The music 🙂 I heard testdrive and I was sold!! John Powell really did an excellent job!!

  10. sheokh says:

    I found the main draw was the fact the main character received a major permanently injury and had to spend time recovering.

  11. kirinchecker says:

    How to train your dragon is perfect because it has toothless. That Dragon alone makes those movies so awesome. Personality, looks, abilities and his relationship with hiccup are just incredibly well crafted.

  12. Christopher Yt ርZ says:

    I have love this franchise since the first movie when I was about 8 or 9 and growing up watching the second and third movie I feel as if I can relate to hiccup as we become similar ages.

  13. Adam Myers says:

    I actually really loved Monster vs Aliens but otherwise this video is great 🙂

  14. Wet Johnny says:

    Except the third one sucks. It's objectively more juvenile, all the characters have been completely flanderized, and it's filled with nonsense that would never happen in the other films. I lost brain cells watching it, especially during the final battle in which Grimmel LITERALLY has a gun to Toothless's head and tells Hiccup not to follow them, then Hiccup instantly does exactly that and everything somehow goes perfectly and nobody even gets hurt.
    And this is coming off the second film which clearly establishes that this is a universe in which the villains can actually kill the heroes, which is very uncommon for Dreamworks. The atmosphere and attitudes of the characters are completely at odds with the stakes involved.

  15. Genesis Funes says:

    Tbh I was never into httyd and the way I came about watching it was cause my dad thought it was the croods and made us watch with him and I was like ??that's not the croods??? But was instantly grabbed and my attention never left the screen, after that I followed all the series and sequels till I found myself crying in the theater at httyd 3. (My dad didnt realize it wasnt the croods till halfway and by then I took the control so he wouldnt change it)

  16. Genesis Funes says:

    Technically I always took the scenes from the 1st movie where hiccup has his montage of discovering smth with toothless and using it on the dragons (eel, dragonnip, the scratching behind the "ear") as the "how to train your dragon" rules, you know like make sure he doesnt see you as a threat (throwing his knife away where he could see it), gain his trust, etc etc

  17. Unknown Being says:

    Cinemasins would,have a word to say to you…

  18. Natalie N says:

    I actually couldn’t stop crying while watching this. Absolutely beautiful. Will always say httyd is my favorite movie

  19. Iris Never mind says:

    Thanks dude! I’ve had this weird memories about a cartoon and for years I haven’t been able to figure out what it was. It was dragon hunters! 😁

  20. 999K views says:

    22:02 T-Posing to assert dominance.

  21. Elizabeth Moore says:

    i read a couple of books and then decided to see the movie

  22. Logan Fulton says:

    Viggo Grimborn best villain of the trilogy IMO

  23. TheWanderingMist says:

    Fun fact about this film series: It is currently the only time I will actively recommend you to watch the films over reading the books.

  24. 171QA says:

    Great video.

  25. Jiunn Neo says:

    This is the only movie trilogy that will make me shiver, put a smile on my face and just cry with them. It never will get old.

  26. Ivan Urakov says:

    People will probably disagree with me heavily but the second was my favorite of the trilogy

  27. RockyRoad Magic says:

    22:03 T POSE

  28. The Cat XO1 says:

    Villains in all the movies
    Big evil dragon
    Sir screens a lot with big evil dragons
    The Dragonborn that is bad guy killer of the Night Gary's

  29. Isaac Batistil says:

    The fact that John Powell wrote the whole HTTYD series, as well as some of Kung Fu Panda, shows how influential his music was during our childhood.

  30. Finn Wright says:

    Fine youtube you recommended it to me like 10 times. I’ll watch it

  31. George Tulipana says:

    I loved this series so much.

    That when it ended,

    I had a book full of dragons I had designed.

  32. Dark O-man says:

    Gimme how to train your dragon trilogy over the new Disney Star Crap anyday

  33. Arturo Rubio says:

    It’s not thou

  34. Brody the gacha Boi says:

    did anyone notice the titan wing monitors nightmare in the 3rd movie

  35. FirstClass Peasant says:

    pls return sorenova

  36. Michelle Carter says:

    8:16 / 29: 21 someone ple tell me that move name cuz i forgot its been a long sense watching it.
    PLE i'm begging you i don't know the company that made that move so ple tell me i'm crying right now cuz i can't remember it.

  37. Kit Sonyeondan says:

    I grew up with these movies, the first one coming out when I around 9, so they mean a lot to me. I’m glad someone else thinks that they’re one of the best trilogies to come out

  38. Emiliano Moreno Ruggieri dos Anjos says:

    thanks for your opinion but httyd annoys me and before a goddam fan boy starts judjing me this is MY OPINION not yours and i respect if you have a diferent opinion then mine

  39. Soviet Marshmallow12 says:

    When you get an ad for an httyd game during a video like this.

  40. Soviet Marshmallow12 says:

    6:03 SHORT? Twelve books. Twelve books

  41. Deus Vult says:

    1:25 You mean you got out of your Warriors phase? Impossible

  42. Taser X Gamer says:

    Will there be a 5th movie and a new series ?


    The fucking thumbnail killed my dad 😂🔫🇺🇸🍔🍟🍺🍕💣🔪🔫

  44. ENI5_Gaming says:

    there is probably other movies that will ruin the trilogy

  45. kekus maximus says:

    A few months ago my rabbit (who was truly one of a kind and my best friend) died of cancer, and on the day she died I watched the third movie with her. So Hiccup and Toothless separating has that much more of an emotional weight on it to me personally

  46. BaconPlayz_WHAT! says:

    Kung fu panda franchise and how to train your dragon are the best for me!!!

  47. Sheema Ashrafi says:

    For sad dragon riders the dragons return every year for Snoggletog

    It's true

  48. Brie Parker says:

    I have to say, this triology is one of my favourite trilogies, if not my favourite one.
    When the last movie was done, I felt a deep sadness that something beautiful had ended, something that my childhood self connected with, and a loss of feeling amazed by the world.

  49. Thomas Iobst says:

    The third one was… Okay. Perfectly serviceable. Fine and dandy. My least favourite of the three. Oh well.

  50. TheStrivingHero says:

    Gotta disagree. I felt like the movies only declined as they went on. The first one was good. Second one was alright, but by the 3rd one I was sooo over this series. Felt like the same thing over and over again.

  51. Lydia_02 says:

    "Test Drive" on the first soundtrack is phenomenal.

  52. Jake Rose says:

    Bro the dragon hunter movie was my shit growing up

  53. Dragon duke says:

    I literally only clicked because of the thumbnail, like why is hiccup looking at me so sexually, am I naked, can toothless see straight through my armor…haha dreamworks+Disney mems

  54. Robert Vanhuss says:

    One thing i just noticed is that he lost his right shoulder pad that had toothless on it, kinda signifying that hes no longer a dragon rider. Toothless is no longer bound to him

  55. A Healthy Dose of Fran says:

    Stoick's death and the music that plays is one of the greatest scores I've ever heard

  56. DILLTAMA cipher says:

    the titans of dreamworks trilogies
    kung fu panda trilogy and the httyd trilogy

  57. benbj2009 says:

    when I was 11 years old i am the one that guess those 3 movies on a tape recorder

  58. Sarii says:

    How to Train Your Dragon 4: LETS MILK MILK MILK THIS

  59. Igorowan says:

    I like the series as much as the next guy I really do, but I CAN'T get over how sh*tty that thing (the Light Fury) looks.

  60. Ryan Ozog says:

    And yet nobody will ever call the books a perfect series…..(Not Mad at all……..)
    "It's more than a story with a Silly Little Dragon That Talks!" Dean Debloise 2019
    6:01 Can these Animatic's be made into a Movie please?

  61. Brave-Ent says:

    Oh god, they got Cosmo..

  62. Zombie Slaya says:

    The first 2 were good, not the third one

  63. Faith Shelley says:

    i was 3 when the first one came out… and i think i still watched it

  64. Pink Shadow Ninja says:

    Me : Puts on Video to listen while writing warriors fan fic.
    Cosmodore: 1:26

    Me: 😀

    Great Video by the way. And i agree. HTTYD Is the best trology.

  65. Cecília Lima says:

    i realized that this trilogy was very special at the end of the first movie when hiccups lost his leg, the scene itself it’s just so shocking, and it is something that disney would be really scared to do, so one more point to dreamworks for that.

  66. That one guy you wish you were says:

    They took the best movies and some of the best shows ever created… and turned them into… this(rescue riders)

  67. zelos660 says:

    i loved dragon hunters,

  68. AstrosGamer says:

    Haven't seen How to Train Your Dragon 3 yet, but I'm gonna risk spoilers for this video.

  69. SBwarriorwolf says:

    One of the things I also really appreciated about How to Train Your Dragon, is that the dragons of the love interests were not romantically involved at all and were, in fact, a different species of dragon altogether. I feel like in a lot of books or movies the main character and their love interest's dragons/companions/pets get together. In Eragon, for example, Saphira and Firnen got together as romantic partners, while Arya remained Eragon's love interest that he never did end up getting with. In Harry Potter, his two friends became partners while he himself got married to the sister of his close friend. So by not doing this with How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third movie makes a lot more sense thematically and holds much more meaning for why the dragons had to leave and how this contributes to the idea of being able to let people go.

  70. Mary Simonson says:

    8:25 holy shit someone is talking about my childhood favorite show. I have heard no references to Dragon Hunters before, ever.

  71. shining Mega requaza says:

    Can we talk about how good httyd race to the edge is.

  72. SumRandomGuy says:

    As brilliant, magnificant and beautiful the story and the films are, i do think, that without the great score it would have had much less of an impact. But with the score, it is just perfection.

  73. Jacob Zimmerman says:

    The word is "adaptation", not "adaption"

  74. The Emerald Warriors says:

    1:13 3 tv series actually

  75. HarmonE Records says:

    Dragons is one of those films that's not accurate or faithful, but it's so good, you love it anyways.

  76. Carlos Medina says:

    I want to agree but the 3rd film was garbage and ruined the series.

  77. Ben Payne says:

    That dragon clip at the start was stolen from Sorenova

  78. Jagger says:

    "But with loss, comes love son." My heart 😩

  79. ZJCitrus Graffiti says:

    A rebuttle:
    How DreamWorks: How to Train Your Dragon Should Have Ended

    This video:
    Why How to Train Your Dragon is a [NEARLY] Perfect Trilogy

  80. The LPN05Fan says:

    After watching the Trilogy recently, I have to say that the third movie was my favourite.
    Yes, yes, objectively the first one is the best, but the Third has so much going for it.

    I really Disliked the speed of the Second Movie, the characters didn't have nearly as much charisma as in the first movie, the scenery was boring, the antagonist was uninteresting/boring (I really dislike the "Ughhh I'm the dumb big bad though guy Ughhh" Charakter Type) and thought he was in all ways superior to dragons, the antagonist dragon didn't expand the world without feeling like a simple reskin of the previous one.

    How to train your Dragon 3 Was fast paced, the sidecharacters (even though they had few screen time) were engaging, we went of Berk and through the Dragon Insula into the Antagonists Home,
    The "Tothless Killer" was really inteligent and 4th Wall breaking at some points but still saw Dragons as Semi-Intelligent Creatures, similar to dogs, but expandable and the Antagonist Dragons were a very interesting completely new design.

  81. Erika Feb Olar says:

    17:07 …foot

  82. Hans der Hinterwäldler says:

    I actually remember dragon hunters, but I only saw one or two episodes and I think a movie/longer episode

  83. The Fury Commander says:

    Ahh my childhood.

  84. Shnica says:

    23:00 Is that Minecraft Theme right there?
    A man of culture I see, best animated movie franchise of all time + best Video Game of all time! Those two combined give me the nostalgie overload… =`)

  85. SvENSEI says:

    I love the first movie. The second one is good. I didnt really like the third… I mean: Where is the Villain from the second movie? Why he just disappeared and never came back? Would have been better if they just killed him off then

  86. Game Man says:

    24:20 I didn't know that you've played Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity (god, that brings back so many memories of me playing the game which is actually one of my favorite games of the ones that i've played so far), which is "A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one."
    Plus that "Wrapped in Light" is just one of my favorite music tracks in the game (much less actually just one of my favorite music tracks from anything that i've heard so far), so thanks for that.
    Now i'm just sad that it's literally been years since i last played the game since i can't find my cartridge of it anywhere (i know that it's in my house) except this one time a year ago i think where i played it for maybe an hour. 🙁

    One "last" thing: I'm actually ashamed to say this but i actually managed to forget what the name of that music track was and because why not, the one music track from that game which gets stuck in my head relatively often would be the "Stompstump Peak" music track.

    Do you have any of the music track or tracks from PMD: GtI that gets stuck in your head sometimes and if so, which/what music track/music tracks is it/are they?

  87. Rey Chase says:

    I went to watch the 3rd movie with my little sister and I cried so much and she didn't, at all. I looked next to me and saw two girls my age (about 16) cry as much as I did and I was like haha I knew I wasn't overreacting

  88. Ep Ic says:

    It kind of annoys me how underrated animated movies are. They really deserve more attention than they do have now :/

  89. Jalil Salomon says:


    Shrek 4 was a great movie shut up

  90. CreamyCrazyX says:

    the trilogy of trilogies

  91. Dim says:

    I think it would've been interesting and very viking-like for the vikings to go off to find other dragon nests in the world, as it would make sense for there to be more than one.

  92. Hydra Ariums says:

    The 3rd movie sucked

  93. Pikapika1 says:

    did anyone else notice that every movie has snotloat trying to get with someone else first movie had astrid second movie had ruffnut and third movie had valka

  94. Sabrina Wyman says:

    I loved the "Who here likes dragons?" Insert Alduin

  95. White Wolf says:

    "I was knee deep in my Warriors phase"
    A man of culture, I see

  96. Когтисый Чел5 says:

    HTTYD 1 — 9/10
    HTTYD 2 — 4/10
    HTTYD 3 — 5/10

  97. MrGrizz says:

    8:18 what is that movie! It’s in the deepest part of my memory but I can’t remember the name

  98. It's-a me, OwenP says:

    Didn’t hiccup’s dad get a dragon in the tv show

  99. Suren Rox says:

    VIDEO STARTS AT https://youtu.be/XzrRgU28vAQ?t=257

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