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dragon19.jpg How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Director: Dean DeBlois

Featured voices: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Cate Blanchett, F. Murray Abraham, Kristen Wiig

The animated Dragon trilogy wraps up with this dramatically satisfying and disarmingly stirring conclusion. Norse nerdy hero Hiccup has succeeded his father as ruler of the Viking town of Berk and is resolved to free all the captive dragons and transport them to Berk where dragons and humans live side by side in harmony. Alas, his last raid has attracted the attentions of fearsome dragon hunter Grimwald (Abraham) who swears to hunt down Toothless, Hiccup’s faithful Night Fury dragon, using a white female as bait. Anticipating danger, Hiccup sets off on a quest to find the legendary hidden world his late father had told him about in order to establish a new settlement. Despite some narrative (ahem) hiccups and slack pacing midway, this episode recreates its predecessors’ winning formula of epic spectacle, beautifully-rendered and vertiginous visuals, and appealing characters. And amongst the sometimes busy plotting are sage observations about growing up and the necessity of letting go.