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DreamWorks’ ‘Dragon: The Hidden World’ Wings Home in May

Capping the epic animated feature franchise begun 10 years ago, DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is set to arrive on Digital (Movies Anywhere) on May 7, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on May 21 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed and written once again by Dean DeBlois, the third Dragon pic scored certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and opened at #1 in more than 40 markets.

To mark the film’s global on-disc release, Universal has partnered with Facebook and Messenger to debut two exclusive, adorable Night Lights (baby dragons) to train and an awe-inspiring in-store AR experience. In pack, fans can unlock an exclusive code that reveals your very own Night Light that you can hatch, train and send on adventures within the popular Dragon Pets Instant Game available on Facebook and Messenger. Additionally, participating retailers around the world will unveil in-store displays that trigger a visually stunning AR adventure bringing Toothless and Light Fury to flight! Both the in-home and in-store experiences are compatible with iOS and Android devices, and users should download the latest version of the Facebook and Messenger apps.

In The Hidden World, our heroes have fulfilled their destinies: Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) as the village chief and ruler of Berk alongside Astrid (America Ferrera), and Toothless as the dragon leader of his own kind. As the Vikings and dragons of Berk face their darkest threat yet, the evil Grimmel (F. Murray Abraham), and Toothless discovers his soulmate, Light Fury – the bonds of Hiccup and Toothless’ friendship are tested like never before. The all-star returning voice cast also features Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, F. Murray Abraham, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

Bonus Features:

Alternate Opening with Intro by Writer/Director Dean DeBlois DreamWorks Shorts: Bilby – Directed by Liron Topaz, Pierre Perifel and JP Sans; produced by Jeff Hermann and Kelly Cooney Cilella. Threatened daily by the deadly residents and harsh environment of Australia’s Outback, a lonesome Bilby finds himself an unwitting protector, and unexpected friend, to a helpless (and quite adorable) baby bird. Bird Karma – Directed by William Salazar and produced by Jeff Hermann, the beautifully artistic 2D short film Bird Karma tells a delightfully lyrical and fully unexpected tale of a long-legged bird’s journey of blissful joy, inescapable greed and the accidental discovery of the consequences when too much is not enough. Deleted Scenes with Intros by Writer/Director Dean DeBlois How to Voice Your Viking – Go behind the scenes with the cast as they record the Viking voices of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Creating an Epic Dragon Tale – Discover what filmmakers learned while crafting this epic dragon trilogy. How I Learned from Dragons – The diverse cast of characters reveal why they think the dragon trilogy is so special. Brave Wilderness Presents: Nature Dragons = Awesome – Join Coyote Peterson, host of Brave Wilderness, as he explores what it takes to make the dragon’s characters come to life. The Dragon Sheep Chronicles – Protecting sheep from the dragons of Berk is no easy task but Hiccup has a plan. A Deck of Dragons – Observe four new dragons as Fishlegs unveils his original deck of dragon trading cards. Growing Up with Dragons – After years of being with these characters, hear the lasting effects of the dragon trilogy from the filmmaker’s perspective. The Evolving Character Design of Dragons – Cast and crew reveal what it was like to evolve not only the characters of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, but themselves as well. Drawing Dragons – Get a glimpse of what goes into designing a DreamWorks dragon.

+ Epic Villain – A different kind of villain, Grimmel brings great challenges to the village of Berk. Go behind the scenes as filmmakers breakdown this epic character.

Astrid’s Whole Dragon Trilogy in 60 Seconds – Hold on tight as Astrid sums up the whole dragon trilogy in a legendary 60 seconds. Welcome to New Berk – With Hiccup as your guide, get a firsthand look at the updated Viking village of New Berk. Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Dean DeBlois, Producer Bradford Lewis and Head of Character Animation Simon Otto

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World