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"This is what I'll say, and for whatever it's worth I do swear that this is not just promo nonsense. 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."
Jay Baruchel for JoBlo Movie Podcast [2]
"We’re well on our way and it’s gonna be a special one, I really think. Everything in me and my experience on it tells me that this is gonna be the pinnacle of the whole thing."
Jay Baruchel for Collider [3]
"So I have How to Train Your Dragon, which I just did my bit on and it’s so beautiful I think it might be the best of the lot."
Gerard Butler for Screen Rant [4]

How to Train Your Dragon 3 is an upcoming animated movie produced by DreamWorks Animation and the sequel to How to Train Your Dragon 2. It is the third and final installment in the movie franchise and is scheduled to be released on March 1, 2019.

The film's existence was first confirmed in December of 2010 by DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg who stated that the How to Train Your Dragon series is an "at least three" chapter story, a statement further backed up by Dean DeBlois's comments about the second film being intentionally written as the second part of a trilogy.


"As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless’s discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind."[5]


After Katzenberg's initial confirmation of How To Train Your Dragon 3's existence, 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks announced in September 2012 an initial release date of June 18, 2016. Just over two years later, the release date was pushed back until 2017, with DeBlois explaining that the animation, writing, and storyboarding process takes a minimum of three years for each movie. 2014 also revealed that DeBlois had managed to talk to Katzenberg and talk him out of a fourth film, though he is open to the possibility of spin-offs.

In January 2015, following massive corporate restructuring and a change of plan to release two films a year instead of three, DreamWorks announced the current release date for How to Train Your Dragon 3 was confirmed to be June 29th, 2018. In June 2016, the release date moved up to May 18, 2018, taking the Lego Movie 2's release date, while the Lego Movie 2 is delayed until 2019. In December 2016, the film's release date was pushed back to March 1, 2019.

The film is being produced by Bonnie Arnold, directed by DeBlois and executive produced by both Chris Sanders and DeBlois. Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller and Kristen Wiig have all be confirmed to be returning for How to Train Your Dragon 3Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington and Djimon Hounsou will also reprise their roles from the second film. John Powell will also return as the film's composer.


Much of the film's plot is still unknown, although small glimpses of its content have been revealed in interviews with DeBlois and the film's creators.

In 2014, both Cressida Cowell, the author of the original How to Train Your Dragon books, and DeBlois confirmed that, although the books and films have followed very different stories, they will both share the same ending of explaining why "dragons are no more".[6]

DeBlois also noted, in an interview with Collider in October 2014, that the story will have more emphasis on Toothless as he wants to continue showing an insight into their perspective of the dragon world. In the same interview, DeBlois also revealed that Drago Bludvist's role was originally going to be the main antagonistic force in How to Train Your Dragon 3 before it was shifted to the second film and that he will become a much more complex villain for the third installment.[7]

In February 2015, during another interview with Collider at the VES Awards, DeBlois shared more details of the plot. He explained that the third film acts as the "culmination of Hiccup’s coming of age". After the events of the second film where Hiccup and Toothless have become the chief of Berk and Alpha dragon respectively, the story will focus on how both characters will be trying to do what’s right for their kind, leading to an eventual outcome where Hiccup is able to stand on his own. The dragons' disappearance was also confirmed to be tied into this conclusion. DeBlois also confirmed that he was currently on Page 60 of writing the screenplay for the film. He also said the movie was going to have a bittersweet ending.

In April 2016, NBCUniversal buys DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 Billion for further future animation feature films.[8] Universal Pictures will take over the distribution for future DreamWorks Animation films, including How to Train Your Dragon 3.

In June 2016, the release date moved from June 29, 2018 to May 18, 2018.[9]

In December 2016, the release date was delayed for one year and the new release will be released on March 1, 2019.[5]

On October 5, 2017 in a keynote speech for Animation Dingle, Dean at one point talked about how he had to rewrite the script late last year and mentioned that after he had rewritten the script using the view of a film goer, that Steven Spielberg's response to having read the rewritten script was, "Insane Congratulations. I cannot believe what I just read and I had a problem reading the last part of it through my tears. It's a complete unqualified classic and better than the original. I've never witnessed this kind of transformation from the last two drafts I read to this one. I only wish I had points." [10]

On October 20, 2017, in an interview with HEYUGUYS, Gerard Butler said he's trying to get his friend and fellow actor Taron Egerton a small voice role in the movie.[11]

The film is promising to be visually stunning, the likes of which viewers have never seen before. In an interview, Kate Swanborg, Senior Vice President of Tech and Strategic Alliance for DreamWorks Animation, said they're creating a "vast world"-

"Our next film is How To Train Your Dragon 3. So here we are at what I believe is maybe the culmination of his set of stories around the dragons and around Toothless and Hiccup and we are designing and developing a brand new world within this film that we’ve never seen before in the other two films."

“It is vast. Spacially it’s supposed to be just huge – so many football fields I can’t even tell you. There’s water and light and space and it’s stunning and crazy and there’s gonna be just tonnes of dragons in it. Figuring out how to put that on screen right now is one of the biggest challenges and most inspirational things we are doing at the studio. It is going to be jaw-dropping!''"

―Kate Swanborg for Verdict UK, November 6, 2017

The number of digital workstations is said to have almost doubled for the film, giving the animators ability to do things they've never been able to before, and in record speed. Dave Valvoord, Visual Effects Supervisor of DreamWorks Animation, said in an interview that compared to what they're working on for the third movie makes How to Train Your Dragon 2 look dated.

"Because we’re calculating light correctly, it’s completely changing the richness of the films. In fact, if you watch clips from How to Train Your Dragon 2, they look very dated. What we’re doing right now just doesn’t compare. It’s really exciting."
―Dave Valvoord for ECP, November 9, 2017

On November 14, 2017, Deadline announced that F. Murray Abraham will be voicing a new villain, introduced as Grimmel. And rather than a Scottish accent, he'll don a deep-baritone voice in the classic villain sense. [12]

On January 4, 2018, it was confirmed in a YouTube video that Jónsi will be doing a song for the movie, like he had for the previous two.[13]

In an interview with Screen Rant in early January, 2018, Gerard Butler suggested his voice work on the film was now finished.[14]

Voice Cast

Dragon Characters


HTTYD3 Otto Tweet
  • On September 29, 2017, Simon Otto tweeted that the first three scenes of the movie had been finalized, and posted a picture of some paperwork with the title of the scene cleverly obscured by a pencil. [15]
  • On April 1, 2017, Rotoscopers posted an article saying that the 3rd movie was being split into two movies; the second of which was due out in 2020. However this was an April Fools prank, as stated behind the "Original Source" link at the bottom of the article. It fooled millions, however, and even IMDb launched a page for "How to Train Your Dragon 3, Part 2" until informed fans had it taken down.
  • The film's theatrical showing will be preceded by an original DreamWorks Short, though the Short assigned to the movie is yet to be determined. [16]
  • Due to the recent sale to NBC Universal, DreamWorks Animation is taking a year and a half hiatus though 2018 to reorganize. Their first film once they're back in commission will be How to Train Your Dragon 3.[17]



  1. Imdb2 How to Train Your Dragon 3 on IMDb
  3. Radish, Christina. Jay Baruchel on Directing ‘Goon 2′ & the Status of ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3'. (Spetember 5, 2017). Collider.
  4. Moore, Rose. Gerard Butler on his work on 'Den of Theives'. (January 18, 2018). Screen Rant.
  5. 5.0 5.1 GALLAGHER, Brian. How to Train Your Dragon 3 Delayed, Gets New 2019 Release Date (December 2016)
  6. Neish, Steven. Author Cressida Cowell Talks How To Train Your Dragon Sequels. (August 14, 2012).
  7. Chitwood, Adam. Dean DeBlois Talks HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 3 and Potential Spinoffs; Says He’s Talked Jeffrey Katzenberg Down from the Idea of DRAGON 4. (October 16, 2014).
  8. Lang, Brent and Littleton, Cynthia. NBCUniversal to Acquire DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 Billion. (April 28, 2016).
  9. Schaefer, Sandy. How to Train Your Dragon 3 Takes LEGO Movie 2’s Old Release Date. (June 19, 2016).
  10. Animation Dingle 2017 Keynote - Dean DeBlois. (October 5, 2017). YouTube.
  11. Pape, Stefan. Exclusive: Gerard Butler on Geostorm, Angel Has Fallen and How to Train Your Dragon 3. (October 20, 2017). HEYUGUYS.
  12. D'Alessandro, Anthony. F. Murray Abraham To Get Evil For DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How To Train Your Dragon 3’. (November 14, 2017). Deadline.
  13. Kyzer, Larissa. [1]. (January 14, 2018).
  14. Moore, Rose. Gerard Butler on his work on 'Den of Theives'. (January 18, 2018). Screen Rant.
  15. Just got our first 3 #HTTYD3 shots finaled and approved!! 😝💥#animdailies. (Spetember 30, 2017). Twitter.
  16. Amidi Amid. Dreamworks Is Going To Start Adding Shorts In Front Of Its Theatrical Films. (November 15, 2017). Cartoon Brew.
  17. Ostrum, Kyle (December 29, 2017) DreamWorks Countdown Conclusion

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