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The How to Train Your Dragon franchise consists of 3 feature films, How to Train Your Dragon (2010), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014), and How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2018). In these movies Hiccup's story of his coming of age is followed, and dragons are major part of this franchise.

Film Series

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

Main article: How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon, the first film in the series, was released on March 26, 2010. It was directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders. The film is loosely based on the 2003 book of the same name by Cressida Cowell. The film grossed nearly $500 million worldwide, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The story takes place in a mythical Viking world where a young Viking teenager named Hiccup aspires to follow his tribe's tradition of becoming a dragon slayer. After finally capturing his first dragon, and with his chance of finally gaining the tribe's acceptance, he finds that he no longer has the desire to kill the dragon and instead befriends it.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)

Main article: How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2019)

Main article: How to Train Your Dragon 3

Television Series

Main article: DreamWorks Dragons

Short films

Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon

Main article: Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon

Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon is a 16 minute sequel short film to the feature film, How to Train Your Dragon. The short was originally broadcast on television on October 14, 2010, on Cartoon Network, and released next day as a special feature on Blu-ray and double DVD edition of the original feature film.[1]

The film follows Hiccup and his young fellows accompanying their mentor, Gobber, on a quest to kill the legendary Boneknapper Dragon. About half the film is done in traditional animation, showing Gobber's history and his encounters with the Boneknapper, and how he comes to look like he does now.

Book of Dragons

Main article: Book of Dragons

Book of Dragons is an 18-minute[2] short film, based on How to Train Your Dragon, and was released on November 15, 2011, on DVD and Blu-ray, along with Gift of the Night Fury. The short shows Hiccup, Astrid, Fishlegs, Toothless and Gobber telling the legend behind the Book of Dragons and revealing insider training secrets about new, never before seen dragons. The short shows a total of 14 different dragons, each separated into 7 classes: Stoker (Terrible Terror, Monstrous Nightmare), Boulder (Gronckle, Whispering Death), Fear (Hideous Zippleback, Snaptrapper), Sharp (Deadly Nadder, Timberjack), Tidal (Scauldron, Thunderdrum), Mystery (Changewing, Boneknapper) and Strike (Skrill, Night Fury).[3]

Gift of the Night Fury

Main article: Gift of the Night Fury

Gift of the Night Fury is a 22-minute How to Train Your Dragon Christmas special, directed by Tom Owens. It was released on November 15, 2011, on DVD and Blu-ray, along with Book of Dragons.[3] Based on How to Train Your Dragon, the short takes place in the middle of preparing for the Viking winter holiday, 'Snoggletog', when suddenly all the dragons inexplicably go on a mass migration, except for Toothless, so Hiccup gives him something to help.

Dawn of the Dragon Racers

Main article: Dawn of the Dragon Racers

A 25-minute[4] short film, titled Dawn of the Dragon Racers, was released on November 11, 2014, on the DVD/Blu-ray/digital release of How to Train Your Dragon 2.[5] It was released on DVD separately on March 3, 2015, and it also includes Book of Dragons and Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon.[6] It was directed by John Sanford and Elaine Bogan, and it features the voices of Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera[4] along with the cast from the television series. In the short, a hunt for a lost sheep turns into a competition between Hiccup and his friends for the first title of Dragon Racing Champion of Berk.[5]

Cast and characters

Characters Theatrical films Short films Television series
How to Train Your Dragon How to Train Your Dragon 2 Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon Gift of the Night Fury Book of Dragons Dawn of the Dragon Racers Dragons
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Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III Jay Baruchel
Astrid Hofferson America Ferrera
Fishlegs Ingerman Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Snotlout Jorgenson Jonah Hill Zack Pearlman
Tuffnut Thorston T. J. Miller T. J. Miller
Ruffnut Thorston Kristen Wiig Andree Vermeulen Julie Marcus (season 1) Andree Vermeulen (season 2 onwards)
Stoick the Vast Gerard Butler Nolan North
Gobber The Belch Craig Ferguson Chris Edgerly
Spitelout David Tennant David Tennant
Valka Cate Blanchett
Drago Bludvist Djimon Hounsou
Eret Kit Harington
Alvin the Treacherous Mark Hamill
Dagur the Deranged David Faustino
Mildew Stephen Root
Mulch Tim Conway
Heather Mae Whitman
Ryker Grimborn JB Blanc
Viggo Grimborn Alfred Molina
Note: A dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film.

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