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W have been watching How To Train Your Dragon since the first movie came out. We are huge fans of the saga and have been involved in promoting each on of the films. We even attended a media day for How To Train Your Dragon 2 at Dreamworks, so I was super happy when I got the invite to attend the event for How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in theaters February 22
As all good trilogies in movies, this one has to come to an end. But do not worry, you can still enjoy the TV show. However it is time to say good bye to the theatrical saga, that has brought so many smiles to our lives. I am not giving you any spoilers, but I can say that you are going to love the ending. Also, you are going to be enchanted by the Hidden World.
About the movie
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.
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Interviews with America Ferrera and Jay Baruchel
During our press day we got to see a behind the scenes presentation of how some part of the animated movies are made. We were not allowed to take pictures, but I can say that I am always fascinated by all the magic behind production and how advanced all the technology is to allow the movies to look so real.
After that we went into a fun scavenger hunt around the DreamWorks campus. We found Toothless and Light Fury and we laughed as we took pictures with other bloggers.
It was a super fun day. We also saw some of the new merchandise available soon in stores that for sure you are going to want to buy for your little ones
Then it was time to interview America Ferrera (Astrid) and Jay Baruchel (Hiccup). We learned a few things from them
Q. What takeaways would you hope kids have after watching the movie?
A. Jay Baruchel told us he would like kids to have a few takeaways with the biggest one being that: "change is inherently difficult, but justbecause it’s difficult it’s not to be avoided, that it’s an inherent part of growing up, that everything is kind of bittersweet if it’s important, that nothing worth experiencing comes easy".
A. America Ferrera told us that: "whether you’re a kid or an adult, that is the ongoing journey, the world continues to change, nothing is certain except birth, things are going to change. And we have to keep finding the courage to say, “Okay, can I pass this threshold, can I become who I need to be to meet this next challenge, to step into this brave, new opportunity ordifficulty?”
Q. How is it filming and saying goodbye to your characters?
A. Jay Baruchel told us: "I don’t know that I’ve processed it completely that it’s over. It’s a weird thing because in addition to these three films, we’ve been doing the TV shows"
Q. How are both of you like your characters that you play?
A. America Ferrera told us that: "I fell like I’m pretty close to Astrid, aside from, you know, the ax wielding skills and her fearlessness. I mean, I love to be physical, I played sportsgrowing up, and I trained for triathlons. It doesn’t come as
easy to me as it comes to Astrid. But, I think for her and Hiccup in the series, they know who they are deep down inside. And they remind each other what matters. And, really, they remind each other who each other is when one of them forgets. And I think that sort of centering and coming back to what really matters who am I, what am I going to let be the driving force of my decisions and my life is something that I think really resonates with me in who Astrid is. And she seems to be the one who is always sort of pulling Hiccup back to kind of to his center and helping him grow into who he needs to become".
A. Jay Baruchel told us that for him: "all started from when I was a kid. Like Hiccup I won’t say at odds with the culture I was born into, but I certainly had some trouble trying to find my place because like, you know, I didn’t play hockey, I didn’t do all the stuff boys do where I’m from. And so, I identify with that kind of inherent outsider’s perspective, but like him, incredibly connected and loyal and patriotic to where I’m from. And, you know, it’s weird because, Hiccup is an awesome character, so for me to compare myself to him, I like to think I’m as principled as he is."
Q. If you had a hidden world like the dragons, what would your hidden world look like and be like?
A. Jay Baruchel told us: "Suspiciously like my basement in its current form"
A. America Ferrera told us her hidden world "would have a lot of soft beanbags to take naps in because I’m a new mom.
So, sleeping is probably all I would do in my hidden world and then have a big Netflix screen and popcorn and Sour Patch kids. That would be my hidden world".