Attendees of the 2018 edition of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival to get a sneak peek at the culmination of director Dean DeBlois’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise.
Nestled within the announcement unveiling the programming lineup from DreamWorks Animation at this year’s Annecy Festival, is the news that the studio has released an official title and synopsis for the third installment in its blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon franchise.
As of now, there’s no firm release date set for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, but attendees of the 42nd edition of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival will be given a sneak peek into the making of film arriving in theaters in 2019.
Here’s the official synopsis: As Hiccup fulfills his dream of creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless’ discovery of an untamed, elusive mate draws the Night Fury away. When danger mounts at home and Hiccup’s reign as village chief is tested, both dragon and rider must make impossible decisions to save their kind.
Footage from the highly-anticipated culmination of the Academy Award-nominated trilogy directed by Dean DeBlois and produced by Brad Lewis and Bonnie Arnold will be presented on Thursday, June 14, in the festival’s main venue, the Bonlieu Theater.
“Annecy has established itself as the premiere animation festival of the world, and we are extremely honored to be included in its line-up with our first two short films and work-in-progress footage from How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World this year,” DreamWorks Animation Film Group president Chris deFaria commented in a statement. “It’s always a thrill for our filmmakers and artists to show their work to Annecy’s knowledgeable and appreciative audience.”
DWA will also present the first two new shorts from its newly-launched Shorts Program at the festival, Bird Karma directed by William Salazar, and the upcoming Bilby, directed by Liron Topaz, Pierre Perifel and JP Sans.
In addition, to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt, Annecy will debut a fully remastered print of the Academy Award winning film. Released in December of 1998, and directed by Brenda Chapman, Steven Hickner and Simon Wells, the film received two Oscar nominations and won the Oscar for Best Original Song, “When You Believe.”
Source: Annecy International Animation Film Festival