Why “How to Train Your Dragon 3” Will Probably Be Utterly Heartbreaking

Matthew Loffhagen
(Photo: DreamWorks)

The hype for “How to Train Your Dragon 3” continues to build.

An official poster for the upcoming movie has revealed a little more about the plot of the film, as well as a key new character.

We’d already heard that this movie will be about Toothless finding more of his own species, and this seems to confirm that. It looks like the movie’s going to be about relationships, as a new Night Fury enters the picture.

This all makes sense. The “How to Train Your Dragon” series has always been about the challenges of growing up as the characters become their own people, so the next logical step is to explore romance in some way.

No doubt there’ll be parallels in Toothless’ quest to find a mate, and Hiccup’s own journey to adulthood.

Personally, I like one Twitter user’s reaction to the new poster.

Oh snap.

“Bye Bye Butterfree” is probably one of the most important episodes in the early days of the “Pokemon” anime. It established that Ash Ketchum’s pals wouldn’t stay with him for the entirety of his journey.

In the episode, Ash’s Butterfree meets a pretty female Butterfree of an unusual color, and the two decide to travel off into the sunset together. Cue one very emotional scene as Ash waves goodbye to the first Pokemon he ever caught.

I can see “How to Train Your Dragon 3” going exactly the same way. Or, at least, teasing such an ending.

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The creative team behind the movie have stated that the “How to Train Your Dragon” series is definitely a trilogy, so we’re looking at some kind of resolution or ending for the characters in this upcoming movie.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the film ends in a very similar way to “Toy Story 3”, with best friends parting ways as they move on to new, separate chapters in their lives.

This would make a certain amount of poetic sense, considering that “Toy Story 3” beat out “How to Train Your Dragon” for the Best Animated Feature Oscar in 2010.

Perhaps someone at DreamWorks wants to emulate the critical success of “Toy Story 3” by ending “How to Train Your Dragon 3” on a similar dramatic note. Or, perhaps I’m just reading too much into things.

Either way, while this movie is probably going to be a lot of fun, be prepared for a few moments of tearjerking, heart-wrenching emotion.

Then be prepared for an awkward, shoehorned fourth movie a few years down the line. This’ll be inevitable once “Toy Story 4” has shown how much money you can make by walking back your perfect ending to an animated trilogy.