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Francis Salazar, Feature editor

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The “How To Train Your Dragon” animated trilogy includes some of the best-animated movies as of right now. None quite hit home like “How To Train Your Dragon” does; it’s a story full of love, family and adventure. Set in a world of Vikings and dragons, this mythical fun world is fun to be immersed in.

“How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is set one year after the events of “How To Train Your Dragon 2.” Hiccup and Toothless are settling into their new roles as chief of the Berkians and alpha of Dragons, respectively. After finding proof of the existence of a Light Fury, a similar dragon to the Night Fury, and a run-in with the villain, Hiccup is convinced that he and his friends need to find the hidden world.

First and foremost, DreamWorks has done yet another great job in terms of the animation. From the vibrant colors that brought literal chills to my arms, to the transitions from one scene to another, to the new settings that our beloved Vikings find themselves, I was left in awe. The animation in this installment compared to the other two is a step up. Not one thing was missing; the detail given to every character, like Hiccup’s peach fuzz and the glimmering whitish-blue color of the Light Fury, brought a new dimension to the movie.

Within the Viking world in which this movie is set, the audience has been introduced to new characters. One being the Light Fury, another being the villain, Grimmel. Unlike “How To Train Your Dragon 2,” this bad guy isn’t someone to root for. He is cruel and calculating, doing whatever he must win. The Light Fury, the newest dragon, was everything she’d looked to be and more. Even though the times she was on screen she was painted as Toothless’ mate, she still had a personality: strong, fierce and wild.

The characterization of Hiccup and Toothless in this brings the trilogy full circle. From the beginning of this movie trilogy, we have seen their story parallel one another. When “How To Train Your Dragon” first started, Hiccup and Toothless were taught to hate one another. In the second movie, they both become the leader of their peoples. In “How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” we see their story come to an end. It’s a well-done goodbye to a journey that we love.

For all of its positives, the plot of the movie echoed the second in the trilogy: the big guy wants the dragons and won’t stop until he wins. While this is a film meant for kids, for the viewers that are a little older — like parents and teens that were kids when the first movie came out — it’s a little repetitive. However, the plot did go in a bit of a different direction than the second by forcing Hiccup to truly grow as a character and letting go of preconceived notions of himself.

So the big question, is ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ worth the watch? The answer: it is. The third and final installment leaves audiences with a bittersweet yet perfect goodbye to the many characters that we all know and love. This movie earns an A- for its heartfelt mixture of funny and sad moments.

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Francis Salazar, Feature Editor

Senior Francis Salazar loves writing, the aesthetic and watching Netflix. She plans on going to USC to get her business degree.

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