HTTYD: The Hidden World: Trailer Analysis

It’s out!!!  It’s finally out!  Our first real sneak peek at the epic conclusion to the HTTYD trilogy!

Jay Baruchel, Hiccup’s voice actor, declared, “It’s, by far, the strongest of the stories. It’s the movie that the series requires and deserves and it’s the rightful third chapter; or third act, I should say. I don’t think anybody will be disappointed.”  

I sure hope that he’s right!  From the looks of it, this finale is a movie that no one will want to miss.

So, here’s my thoughts on it!

If you haven’t watched the official trailer yet, watch it here:

Aww!  The first thing we see is Toothless’ adorable face!

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Astrid and Hiccup are flying together!  And Fireworms!  From the show!  They’ve changed the design a little, but the Fireworms are still really cool with those effects – way better than in the show.

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Whoa…look at that world…it totally reminds me of Trollhunters.

Is that Stormfly?  It doesn’t look like her…have they changed her look, or is it just the lighting in the cave?  It’s probably just the lighting.

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Either she’s got some war or racing paint on, or that is a different Nadder.

Oooh Astrid’s armor is so cool! But what’s with her hair?  Is that a loose braid..or did Astrid actually get rid of her braid?


Ahh it’s so beautiful!  And are those glowing eggs?  Dragon eggs?  They remind me of those eggs in Finding Nemo XD.

EEEEEEEEE there are clips from the first two movies!!!  The nostalgia!!!  And the beautiful music!!!

“There were dragons when I was a boy.  Where they went, only a few know.  Our story…changed the world forever.”


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“Whaaaaaaaaaaatttttt….” -Toby, Trollhunters


Ok…I’m not really a fan of the beard…and why does Hiccup look older and more mature and Toothless looks like he hasn’t aged a day?  Also, Toothless’ chest is weirdly under-textured.

Also, I’m getting some older Luke Skywalker vibes here XD…I think it’s the hair…

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“We did it!  The first dragon-Viking utopia!” -Hiccup

Wow!  It’s so beautiful!  And look, is that Cloudjumper?  Is that Valka on him?  Every time I pause it, there’s motion blur, so I can’t tell for sure.  I wonder where Eret is.  And the rest of the gang.  I didn’t see them anywhere in the trailer!

Also, how do they feed that many dragons?  There are SO many dragons…do they really have that much fish around?

Also, the water is so amazingly rendered!  And the textures and stuff too!

Did they replace those statues though?

It used to look like this:  Screenshot 2018-06-07 at 11.30.21 AM

I wonder why they changed it…

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Traffic jam!  Viking style!

Those blue dragons almost look like miniature Red Deaths to me.  Except they don’t have as many eyes, so they’re obviously not some type of Death.

Screenshot 2018-06-07 at 11.33.22 AM  Okay…is that baby dragon bathing in soup?  That is just so gross…

Also, it kind of resembles a Night Terror.  I wonder if it is one?  Or maybe it’s just some type of baby.

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Toothless is running off! He’s still got his red tail, at least.  I’m glad Hiccup hasn’t made him an auto-tail yet.

Screenshot 2018-06-07 at 10.36.31 AM.png Looks like Toothless is the one to find the new Night Fury!

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She is so beautiful!!  But…seriously Dreamworks?  Pink sparkles?  Could they feminize this character any further?  I get that she’s, well, a she, but very few of the other dragons in the HTTYD 3 franchise have sexual dimorphism…so why is the Night Fury the only one that does?

I get having fewer spikes and all, but…this is going a little too far…

Screenshot 2018-06-07 at 10.37.31 AMWow!  Now we can get a really good look at the new Night Fury!

Okay, it’s confirmed – she definitely has some sort of fin on her back in place of spikes.  I wonder if that’s because she’s a female or if it’s because she is from someplace underwater?  And look at her tail!  It’s like Toothless’, but intact, instead of being fin-like.

I like the new Night Fury and all, and I’m warming up to her whiteness.  However, the whiteness better be caused by:

  1. She’s a subspecies
  2. She’s a Night Fury but albino or leucistic

I highly doubt that she is albino or leucistic, because, even if she was, that wouldn’t explain the lack of nubs and spikes, unless female Night Furies lack those anyway, and in addition to that, she lacks pigment.

I’m pretty sure that this new Night Fury, is in fact, a subspecies, because of all the physical differences between her and Toothless.  I think both may have come from a common ancestor, been separated due to habitat, and then adapted to fit their environment.  Toothless and the Night Furies who terrorized Berk were pitch-black so they could fire in the night, while the “Light Furies” were white so they could blend into their aquatic environment.

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This background is really cool, even though I have no idea what it is.  It looks like a new island.  It’s definitely not Berk though, so Astrid and Hiccup must have followed Toothless to another island.  But how did Toothless get there if he couldn’t fly?

Screenshot 2018-06-07 at 10.37.45 AM.png  Aww!  They’re both sitting!  I wonder if that’s a natural Night Fury behavior, or if Toothless taught it to her after he learned it from Hiccup?  It’s probably the latter.

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And…she flies away…

Are her wings smaller than Toothless’ or about the same wingspan-to-body ratio?  Also, I wonder who would be faster.

What is under her wing?  More sparkles?  Ughh…

It may be the motion blur, or maybe her tail is actually more suited for swimming than I thought.

“She’s a Light Fury!” – Astrid

UGGGHHHH!!!  Who wrote the script?  Fanfic writers?  This is getting out of hand – there are so many fanfic tropes!  I hoped they would avoid a few…but…this “Light Fury” had better be a subspecies, or I’m going to go Berserk like Dagur.

After reading this post from Berk’s Grapevine, I discovered that the new Fury, is, in fact a subspecies, according to Dean Deblois.  Whew!  Thank goodness!  I was freaking out a little there!

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Poor Toothless.  So she’s not at all socialized with humans and is actually pretty scared of them.  In this part of the trailer, it almost looks like Toothless has an auto tail on or something, because it appears black, although that could just be the dark lighting.

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“Did…she just disappear?!” -Astrid

Yes, yes she did Astrid.

I am SO MAD and, at the same time, a little relieved.

First of all, YES!!!  She has plasma blasts!  And not some “special” fire.  And not pink sparkles XD.

Second, WHY WHY WHY??!!  I thought the HTTYD fandom was all about being realistic…well…as realistic as you can get when dealing with large, fire-breathing reptiles.  But…disappearing and using magic is NOT part of the HTTYD universe!  There is absolutely zilch magic unless Arcadia and Trollhunters is actually connected to the HTTYD universe, which would mean that the Wizards are connected too.  Some fans have theorized about that, and it’s definitely plausible…but it just doesn’t fit the idea of the HTTYD universe, in my opinion.

Maybe the plasma blast just blackened her scales so they didn’t see her slipping away to the Hidden World?  Also, there’s got to be a reason why the Hidden World hasn’t been discovered by Toothless and Hiccup yet.  Perhaps it’s beyond the Archipelago?


Okay, so they didn’t change Stormfly’s colors.  That’s good.  Why is Hiccup on Stormfly though?  What happened to Toothless?  Did Hiccup give him an auto-tail after all and they’re following him?

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Okay…WOW…that is SO amazing!!!  Where does all of the water go?  Like…there’s only so much water that can go down that hole.  It can’t be endless, right?

It’s so beautiful!!!  And look at that water!  This is definitely beyond the Archipelago because Hiccup and Toothless would have discovered it before if it wasn’t.

So they fly into it…

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Smart.  Who knows what’s down there?  Screenshot 2018-06-07 at 10.39.30 AM

There’s the fin again.  At first I didn’t like the ‘beluga’ style head, but I think it’s nice now.  It accents the fact that she’s female, but I still hate the pink glitter.

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“Toothless, go introduce yourself.” – Hiccup

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Great idea, Hiccup.  Toothless’ poor face!!!  XD XD XD

The King of all Dragons humbled by sliding around in dirt XD

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The classic facepalm/cringe after persuading your friend to go talk to his crush and then watching him epically fail XD.

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HD Toothless pic!  Aww!

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She pretends she’s seen nothing and acts like the pretty, innocent dragon.

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What is Toothless doing?!  XD XD XD

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Is he like one of those dancing Brazilian birds or something?  Because he is trying so hard XD I feel so sorry for him XD.

Is this natural Night Fury behavior?  Since the males are (I assume) black and not colorful, like most are for attracting mates, they may have to dance or do flight patterns to impress the ladies instead.  Perhaps Toothless has never met or socialized with other Night Furies.

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Screenshot 2018-06-07 at 12.15.08 PM.png And then she hits him XD!!!

Look at his little pained face!  Awww!  She’s very cat-like, so I guess most Night Furies are like that.

“Toothless has a girlfriend.” -Astrid

I suppose so.  I kinda ship it, but I don’t want Toothless to leave Hiccup…

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Aww.  This picture isn’t as good.  I assume it’s because the movie isn’t finished yet and they still need to add finishing touches.  I know the female Night Fury is supposed to be “smoother”, but she’s just…a little too smooth for me.  And the sparkles!!!

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Grimmel!!!  His armada is huge!  And I thought Drago was a threat…but Drago’s armada was definitely better in my opinion, with all the metal.  This just looks like a gathering of lots of normal wooden ships.  That are prepared for war, that is.

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Okay…I hate Grimmel’s design.  I’m sorry, Grimmel fans, but he is just…his face is too long.  I liked Viggo’s design better.  It’s too bad they didn’t save Viggo and use him in the movie – that would have been epic!  He was pretty good in RTTE, but if he was placed in the movie he would be even better.  Also, where is Drago?  I thought he was returning for the third movie.  I wonder, is Grimmel going to enslave Drago and use him to train dragons, or if they were already working together during the second movie?

Although I have to admit, Grimmel’s armor is cool.  And that dragon!  Whoa!  Also, even though Grimmel doesn’t appeal to me with his looks, his character does.  He, like Viggo, is ruthless, cunning, and knows exactly what he wants.  The last Night Fury.

“I’ve hunted every Night Fury.  Except yours.” -Grimmel

Interesting – Grimmel hunts only Night Furies!  I wonder if he’s the one who supplied the black cape to Drago?  It looked similar to a Night Fury hide.

Also, why does Grimmel hunt Night Furies?  I need some backstory!

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Toothless is so amazing!  I love his wild look.  How can Grimmel use dragons to fight though?  Isn’t Toothless the alpha?  Where’s his titan glow, by the way?

Well, I have a theory.  Yes, Toothless is the alpha.  And yes, Toothless is the King of Dragons.  But…what if multiple alphas could exist?  It’s not really plausible for one dragon to rule the entire world, in my opinion.

Or is it more like a pride of lions, where each pride has one leader, and each leader controls a certain area?  So…each alpha would have his “kingdom”, and each dragon who entered that territory belonged to the alpha of that kingdom.  The alphas could, of course, challenge one another so they could have more territory and rule more dragons.  So, Grimmel could have an alpha who rules over his dragons, and Toothless, as alpha, rules over his Berkian dragons.  In order to release Grimmel’s dragons, Toothless would have to fight Grimmel’s alpha, instead of just automatically taking control as the King of Dragons, because Grimmel’s alpha, would, in a way, also be the King of Dragons.  Make sense?

Anyway, just a little theory.  Back to the trailer.

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“I will never give him up.” -Hiccup

Yeah!  Go Hiccup!  Screenshot 2018-06-07 at 10.42.11 AM.png

Grimmel’s got the Light Fury!!!  Aww.  She’s fierce – just like wild Toothless!  But still, her texturing is meh…it’s like RTTE animation, instead of HTTYD-movie grade animation.

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These dragons are pretty cool!  They look like the same dragon behind Grimmel.  Their wing movement and the setting remind me of Game of Thrones.

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Aww!  His mate’s been taken!  Did Hiccup change his saddle again?  It looks more streamlined.  And a bit of red has been added to it.


It’s like every Viking has a dragon now!  And now it’s not just the regular dragons, like the Nadder, Monstrous Nightmare, Zippleback, and Gronkle.  There’s a Scuttleclaw and an unidentified dragon that looks like one of Valka’s!

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“We’re no longer safe here.  We all have to disappear!  Completely off the map!  We have to fight for their freedom!” -Hiccup

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Completely off the map?  Is Grimmel really that big of a threat?  He must be…

After all, Hiccup is electing to run and hide rather than fight.  He is choosing to leave all that he has built and worked for and designed – the dragon horn thing for races, the dragon hangar, the houses, the training academy…

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Oh no!  They’re toppling!  Are these dragon houses or Viking houses?  Perhaps Vikings have started building storied houses to fit their dragons.  Plus, with their dragons, they can just land right up there and don’t have to worry about climbing stairs.

“You’re nothing without your dragon!” -Grimmel

I can feel it – the climax – Hiccup learning to stand on his own without his dragon…it’s going to be so sad…

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Okay…how much cooler can a flight suit get?  Seriously?  This is EPIC!  He looks similar to Drogon from Game of Thrones with all of the textures on him.  I wonder if the flight suit actually works?

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They’re fighting together for one last time!  Toothless’ expression is just so cool!

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This reminds me of when Hiccup and Toothless were flying away after defeating the Red Death but then got caught in the flames.  This is so awesome!

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Toothless is falling!

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Hiccup’s touching the Light Fury!!!  Maybe she won’t let him on her back, so he just has to hang on.  Or he’s trying one of his daredevil moves XD.

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From this picture, her tail looks different.  Also, her hip fins are definitely different from Toothless’.   And the purple of the plasma combined with her white is so pretty!!

So, she’s going to save Toothless…and she shoots a plasma blast and flies into it…

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And catches Toothless…

So..what does the plasma blast do?  Teleport her?  Come on Dreamworks, what’s happening?  There’s no magic in HTTYD!

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Whoa…is Hiccup’s new flight suit fireproof?!  That would be so cool!  And look at both of them just waltzing through those flames like bad guys!

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Toothless is saddle-less…is Hiccup saying goodbye to Toothless?!

“It’s you and me, bud.  Always.” -Hiccup

Also, Hiccup is wearing an apron just like he used to when he worked in Gobber’s forge!  Doing some blacksmithing, I see.


Toothless is flying.  Without a saddle.  Did Hiccup make Toothless an auto-tail after all?!

Screenshot 2018-06-07 at 10.45.06 AMWHAT!!!  This is astonishing!!!  He’s flying with LIGHTNING!!!

Now, some sources have mistakenly stated that Night Furies breath “lightning.”  That is incorrect because Night Furies actually breath plasma.  Skrills breath lightning.  So, it’s not their breath weapon that gives them the moniker “the unholy offspring of Lightning and Death itself.”

Rather, I believe it is their hidden ability to do, well, whatever Toothless is doing in this photo.   Perhaps, like Skrills, Night Furies can absorb and shoot lightning in extreme situations, or at least not die from a lightning strike.

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Look at how impressive this is!

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“Dating advice, please?”

Screenshot 2018-06-07 at 10.45.32 AM.png “Do some flappy thing with your wings!”

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Honestly, it’s no wonder she slapped Toothless XD XD XD.

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Look at her poor confused face!!!  XD

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“Good job!”

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Toothless is awkwardly smiling while secretly filing away the thought that he should never ask Hiccup for dating advice again.

I mean, look at how Hiccup got his girl.  He just took her on a wild dragon ride where she nearly fell off about 20,000 feet high up, then blamed it on the dragon.  Also, he allowed her to tour the dragon hive of the Red Death.  And, oh yeah, she did get to touch some clouds.  But that was after she survived ascending into the troposphere at about 70 miles per hour.  So, if you really want to get a girl, just follow Hiccup’s advice.  Works every time XD.

So, yeah, this trailer has got me hyped!  I am SO excited for the third movie!

What are your thoughts on the HTTYD 3 trailer?  What did you think when Dreamworks revealed that they were adding the subtitle “The Hidden World?”  What do you believe will happen to the dragons?  How did you react to Hiccup’s beard?  Will Toothless receive an auto-tail like in Gift of the Night Fury?  Do you like Grimmel or not?  How is the Light Fury ‘teleporting?’  Will Toothless fall in love with the Light Fury?  What is the Light Fury’s name?  How did Toothless survive being hit by lightning?  Would you follow Hiccup’s dating advice XD?

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!







2 thoughts on “HTTYD: The Hidden World: Trailer Analysis

  1. Let the fanart and fanfictioning begin 😅

    Oh and those statues were destroyed towards the end of httyd2 the bewilderbeast stomped on them.

    If hic and tt go there seperate ways I will openly sob at the end if this movie 😅😂😢😭

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    1. Lol, yep, there’s going to be so much material added to the online HTTYD community.
      Oh, yeah, now I remember. But I thought only one statue was destroyed…? I guess they wanted a change of style XD.


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