Excerpt: Dean DeBlois returns to complete his trilogy and while it is lovely to look at and wraps his ‘boy and his dog’ story up neatly, it doesn’t muster the excitement brought by the first two installments.
Excerpt: The gorgeous and once glorious fantasy series comes to a flat conclusion, one in which the stakes feel way lower than they should and the spark that once animated and elevated the story is missing.
Excerpt: The Hidden World employs the crutch of a recycled story to carry the series toward a satisfying end, thereby cementing its legacy as a noted animated franchise, rather than a ground-breaking, genre-defining film set.
Excerpt: As DreamWorks has struggled to dominate the animation marketplace after several high profile misses, their one consistent achievement is with the “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise. With its final chapter, “The Hidden World,” originator Dean DeBlois brings the story of Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) to a satisfying and emotional conclusion with plenty of excitement and animated splendor to spare.