You know about The Incredibles. You know about Toy Story. You know about Finding Nemo, but do you know about How to Train Your Dragon? The animated franchise might not have the ‘Pixar’ name attached to it, but it’s still one of the most successful animated franchises in Hollywood.
The first film in the franchise, which was released back in 2010, received outstanding reviews from critics and made nearly $500 million at the box office. The second film, released in 2014, was also a hit with critics and made over $600 million at the box office.
Now, five years later, How to Train Your Dragon 3 is set to be released and it might be the most emotional film in the franchise as it’ll complete the trilogy.
The film is set to be released February 22, and a few critics were lucky enough to watch a special screening of the movie a month early. And it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that their early reviews are extremely positive.
Variety’s Peter Debruge wrote…
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World packs the emotional heft of the dozen or so years it has taken to get this far, tracking the loss of one parent, the discovery of another, and several momentous lessons in bravery and loyalty along the way.”
The Hollywood Reporter’s Michael Rechtshaffen had this to say…
“Pulling off a rare three-peat, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a tender, spirited coming-of-age CG-animated feature that proves every bit as emotionally resonant and artistically rendered as its 2010 and 2014 predecessors, if not even more so. Credit that evident quality control to returning director-screenwriter Dean DeBlois, again finding inspiration from Cressida Cowell’s children’s books (there are a dozen in all) and an engaging voice cast headed by Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera.”
And finally, The Wrap’s Robert Abele wrote…
“As much as we’d like the appearance of a threequel to mean, “Hey, here are all the cool ideas we couldn’t wedge into the first two,” the cold reality always starts with, “We think there’s more money to be made!” But sometimes, there are organically convincing extenders, and in the animation world, those exceptions include ‘Toy Story 3’ [and] now, ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,’ writer-director Dean DeBlois’ delightful, gorgeous, and touchingly conclusive third adaptation of author Cressida Cowell’s fantastical universe of Vikings and fire-breathers.”