Coming Soon: How To Train Your Dragon 3

Becky Aurit

This week, I watched the trailer for the third, and final, installment in the "How to Train Your Dragon" franchise, "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World." Let me tell you, Fantasy Movie League, this was quite a chore, since there are not a lot of good synonyms for dragon to use in this article.

The preview for "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" begins in our friendly neighborhood Viking village, which has become filled with all sorts of dragons. While the main human character, Hiccup, thinks Dragonville is his version of paradise, some of the other Vikings are feeling a little overcrowded.

Hiccup and his dragon buddy Toothless go out for a stroll, and stumble upon a pretty, female version of Toothless. Animated animal sidekicks always tend to have pretty, female counterparts. Except for Donkey in "Shrek," that is, since he also found himself an attractive dragon.

When the Light Fury (I looked that up to avoid constantly calling her the pretty, female dragon) disappears through a portal in the sky, Hiccup and Toothless become curious. Somehow, they find another portal, located in the ocean. It takes our heroes to a true dragon utopia, also known as the Hidden World of the movie's title. I am trying to suspend disbelief here, because that is a lot of magic portals in a rather small geographic area.

Towards the end of the trailer for "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World," we are introduced to the film's villain. Nope, finding a secret world full of dragons was not the end of things for Hiccup and friends! An evil guy named Grimmel shows up, who is intent on killing every single Night Fury. Toothless, who happens to be a Night Fury, is not fond of this plan. Therefore, to save the dragons from Grimmel, everyone teams up to fight a bunch of henchmen on boats.

I forgot that Gerard Butler plays Hiccup's Dad in the "How to Train Your Dragon" series. There you go. This movie will be a hit because it will get all the Gerard Butler fans into the theaters. Butler plus dragons is a recipe for box office success.

I have mentioned several times in "Coming Soon" that I absolutely do not see cartoons in the theater, but I will be looking forward to streaming "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" at home some time next summer.

Watch the trailer for "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" on YouTube

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