Recently, the beloved dragon-taming franchise came to a climactic close that is already blowing fans away. Not only did the film deliver a fantastic finish, it successfully told an engaging story about growth, family, and friendship. Today’s story is sponsored by Universal Pictures. However, all thoughts are my own.
Before I go into what kids will take away from seeing this movie, I want to give significant credit to DreamWorks for elevating their visuals to new heights for the last installment to the HTTYD series; the animation is top notch. The story is engaging and kept everyone on their feet.
Here are 3 Lesson Kids Will Learn From How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
1. Change is part if growing up: we had and opportunity to interview some of the cast of How To Train Your Dragon. And we had a chance to ask what do they hope kids will take away from the film?
Jay Baruchel who plays Hiccup had this to say:
“I think that there’s a few. The biggest one is that change is inherently difficult, but just because it’s difficult, it’s not to be avoided, it’s an inherent part of growing up… and that nothing worth experiencing comes easy, you know.”
He continued. “And I think it’s especially in the context of all three films, seeing where he started and where he ends up and how this is the kind of promise of all that potential of if you’re born in the margins and told that everything you have is failings, well, they can actually be virtues, and just because stuff is a certain way doesn’t mean it has to be that way. And it’s quite a hopeful outlook, I think.”
Co-star America Ferrera who plays Astrid chimed in by saying:
“Yeah. I mean, that’s a lot of it. Just to piggyback on what Jay was saying, in these films for Hiccup, our main character, who we see the world through his eyes, in every single one of these films the world changes in a drastic way for him. And I think 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 or difficulty?’ The movies are so fun and so beautiful to watch, but, really, I think the true success of this film lies in the heart and the deep meaning that exists with all of the characters.”
2. Real Love Is Unconditional: Hiccup and Toothless must sacrifice a lot for one another to grow stronger in their individual lives in the film (without giving away any spoilers, of course). The resolution between our two main characters tells us that if you love someone, you have to let them go.
3. You Are Not Who You Were Yesterday: In other words, we all make mistakes. Every day, earn something new and (hopefully) use these things to better ourselves. In the film, Hiccup is haunted by the decisions he has made in his past and questions whether or not he’s ready for his new adventure. Hiccup realizes that he is not as weak as he was in his past and that he does have the strength and courage to move on with the rest of his tribe and dragons.
Well, there you have it guys! How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World flies into theaters February 22nd and if you’re a fan of the series you don’t want to miss it! The film is a great viewing option for the whole family, of course. Again, I think the movie is stunning visually and will surprise a lot of people.
Until Next Time