Does anyone here like dragons?!
Then you’ve probably heard of the How To Train Your Dragon franchise. To be completely honest with all of you, that title is very misleading, because even after 3 movies, 2 TV series, countless games and comics I still haven’t really understood HOW you REALLY train a dragon!!!
This franchise was a huge part of so many people’s lives which was due to the fact that HTTYD isn’t just the story of a young Viking befriending a dragon and the friendship they share or an incredibly ineffective tutorial on actually training one in real life, but it’s a franchise so consistently strong with its themes and messages. HTTYD is a coming of age story like no other and though each consecutive film had a heavy weight to carry on its shoulders, they were all successful in carrying over its themes. When it comes to the themes and messages in the movies, they mainly cover “finding yourself” in the first one, “growing up” in the second one and “letting go” in the last one, but what people don’t see is that the movie’s messages also cover real-world problems that we face ecologically.
In the first movie, it is explained that the Vikings have been fighting this unnamed war against the dragons for centuries! They never truly knew “why” and they didn’t care for the reason either, their view of the dragons were straight forward, they saw them as hideous monsters that should be killed. Hiccup, contrarily to his people, is an ecologist who is keener on understanding his world as he is opposed to fighting it.
Hiccup’s purpose and goal throughout the movies is to keep the harmony with the dragons (nature), and that mission gets harder over time, since Hiccup’s world got much bigger ever since the quarrel between the Vikings and the dragons ended, new societies and new Vikings start appearing, which basically introduces a whole new arsenal of anti-dragon groups, who are all eager to hunt dragons for resources as they only see them as enemies.
The Hidden World’s main plot revolved around the issue that Berk was getting overcrowded by the amount of dragons that lived there and this knowledge reaching dragon hunters. Hiccup, now as chief, and Toothless, now as alpha, both understood that for the sake of their kinds, they had to sacrifice their relationship. Even though the Berkians fully accepted dragons as one of their own, the rest of the world didn’t get to that point and still considered them demons and monsters which ultimately risks their lives. By the end of the movie, the Vikings realize that its time for them to say goodbye to the dragons and let them go into the hidden world so that they stay safe.
At the end of the movie, hiccup mentions both these quotes, I personally saw these as a message telling us that it’s not too late to save our environment and that we still have time to make up for our mistakes towards nature. Hiccup’s motivation and the way he pushed and risked his life just to be able to save the dragons was a clear message to tell us that we as well should push for our desires just like him and that we should push towards a better ecological future. I feel like the HTTYD franchise is like a sort of allegory that pushes the audience to genuinely try and do something for our environmental problems. The last movie ends with a sense of hope on purpose, to show us that with enough effort, the dragons can come back (nature could be fixed and we could recover what we lost).