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Licensing Expo - New Character Images!

DreamWorks released new images of slightly aged-up characters for How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World at the 2018 Licensing Expo Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Here are some of the highest quality images available of each of the characters, check them out below!

Hidden World Hidden Footage from HP

It might not be the trailer we've been anxiously waiting for, but at least it's something! In a promotional video released by HP about its collaboration with DreamWorks, a very brief scene featuring Toothless animation shows up. Skip to the 1:07 mark if you want to see the full Toothy scene in all its glory!

According to the awesome Kevan Shorey, this is footage from the third film!

Light Fury, Get Down: Guide to the Hidden World

After unfinished footage was released as CinemaCon last week, rumors have started swirling around about what might happen in the final film of the Dragons series. Here's a guide to How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. (Spoiler alert: the rest of this article contains facts from the film!)

About the Footage

The CinemaCon footage is still not released online, so it's still unclear exactly what it shows. In most cases, footage shown at CinemaCon appears online a couple days after. However, because what CinemaCon attendees saw from the film contained unfinished footage, it might still be a while until it's released online. Despite this, the footage apparently looks beautiful. (Though if you're from DreamWorks and you're reading this, don't hold back — we love our dragon previs footage!)

Light Fury, Get Down!

Perhaps the biggest reveal in the CinemaCon clip was the Light Fury. This dragon was white-colored Night Fury rumored to be the future mate of Toothless. No pictures have been released yet, but the Light Fury appears to have matte white skin with purple eyes.

A Human Antagonist

We've heard about a new villain named Grimmel the Grisly, played by F. Murray Abraham. According to details released by SlashFilm, he appears to be a kind of hunter who aims to kill all remaining Night Furies. He may be the reason Hiccup and the others are interested in escaping to the hidden world.

Escaping to the Hidden World

In the clip, it appears that the Light Fury is also aware of a "hidden world," and is able to travel to it. However, it's unclear exactly what this world is. (The reviewers at SlashFilm describe it as an alternative dimension, which seems a bit out of scope of the dragon world so far.) The footage shows Hiccup saying that everyone needs to escape to the hidden world — both Vikings and all of the dragons.

Character Details

Hiccup appears in the clips at different ages. For the majority of the film, Hiccup will remain young. However, he appears to be older during parts of the CinemaCon footage and has a beard. Hiccup and Astrid do not have a child (in the clip).

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

It's official, DreamWorks has done away with the "3" of How to Train Your Dragon 3 and replaced it with a subtitle: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World.

This is not the first time we have seen a subtitle attached to a dragon film. For a while, it DreamWorks appeared to be considering two subtitles for How to Train Your Dragon 2. Originally, we saw trademarks and other hints for both "Battle for the Skies" and "Secrets of the Ice Cave."

"Secrets of the Ice Cave," in particular, gave us a hint about the second film's story. While "The Hidden World" seems more mysterious, perhaps it too contains a clue about the third film.

Do you like or dislike the subtitle "The Hidden World"? What do you think it means?

How to Train Your Dragon 2 Canceled [UPDATE]

How to Train Your Dragon 2 has official been canceled, according to a tweet by DreamWorks Animation. Although production has completed for Dragon 2, the latest chapter in the beloved Dragons franchise, DreamWorks has stated in a press release that it no longer plans to release the film to the public.

While this is the first official confirmation Dragon 2's cancelation, this reptile film has been on thin ice for a long time. Vague hints of cancelation swirled around the internet for weeks, notably this tweet three days ago by Dragon director Dean DeBlois saying that How to Train Your Dragon 2 is canceled:

[UPDATE:] Recently, others have confirmed that this is true too:

What are your plans for your life now that Dragon 2 is canceled?

Trader or Traitor? Discussion with Michael Goldstrom

Two weeks ago, you submitted questions for Michael Goldstrom, voice actor of Trader Johann in DreamWorks Dragons. In his interview on Dragon Academy Dropouts, Michael Goldstrom answers your questions, tells about his experiences at DreamWorks, and reveals:

When he found out he was playing a villain?
What is his favorite dragon of all time?
Is he as long-winded as his character?
What Trader Johann fan stories you should write?
Would he rather have Hiccup's flight suit, or Hiccup's fire sword?
And many more answers to questions you asked!

While listening, check out a gallery of Michael Goldstrom recording at DreamWorks for Riders of Berk, Defenders of Berk and Race to the Edge including some faces you might be familiar with!

Thanks for submitting questions, and to Michael Goldstrom for answering them!

Secret Odin Gift Exchange!

It's exchange day! If you are participating in Secret Odin this year and want to share your gift on Berk's Grapevine, post it in the comments for this page. But this page isn't just for Secret Odin participants: if you have kind words or gifts you want to share with another dragon fan who you've met on this site site, you're welcome to share them on this page as well!

We look forward to seeing your gifts!