How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World director Dean DeBlois came to The Contenders London with the third and final entry in the Oscar-nominated animated franchise, which debuted in 2010 and has since grossed $1.6B at the global box office. Adapted from the book series by British author Cressida Cowell, the latest instalment finds the human Hiccup and his dragon Toothless bonding to defend the now-peaceful isle of Berk from the arrival of aggressive hunters who plan to wipe out dragons forever.
As well as featuring state-of-the art animation techniques, the series has been praised for its compassion in having a lead character with a disability. Speaking to Deadlines Tom Grater, DeBlois revealed that it was actually Dreamworks Animation founder Jeffrey Katzenberg who encouraged them in this regard.
“As we were completing story reels for the first film,” DeBlois recalled, “(we realized that) although wed tried to take a lot of daring choices in the telling of the story, it all wrapped up very cleanly. Jeffrey Katzenberg said that he just felt like the ending was a bit too pat and he asked if we would consider killing off Toothless, which we thought was really extreme. But at one point wed been joking around that maybe one of the kids wanted to lose a limb, so that they could be more like a one of the rough-and-tumble Vikings.”
DeBlois said that re-examining that idea was inspiring. “We presented it again as something that maybe we could do in earnest — maybe Hiccup would have some sacrifice to show for his bravery. It just worked out really well, because it made Hiccup a vulnerable character, one that had a kind of a symbiotic connection with Toothless, but it also spoke to a larger idea of the price of heroism. And in years to come, we were visited Read More – Source