Meet the Main Characters: Hiccup and Toothless
How to Train Your Dragon 3 revolves around the bond between Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless. In this installment, the duo faces their toughest challenge yet as they try to save their home from a new villain. Here’s a closer look at the characters and the actors who voice them:
Hiccup, the protagonist of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, is a young Viking who aspires to be a great dragon trainer. In the first movie, he befriends a Night Fury dragon, whom he names Toothless, and they develop an unbreakable bond. Throughout the series, Hiccup’s character matures and evolves, but his love for Toothless remains constant.
Jay Baruchel voices Hiccup in all three How to Train Your Dragon movies. Baruchel, a Canadian actor, is known for his roles in This Is the End, She’s Out of My League, and the TV series Man Seeking Woman.
Toothless is a Night Fury dragon and Hiccup’s loyal companion. He’s a unique dragon in that he’s the only known Night Fury left in existence. Toothless has a strong personality and a fierce spirit, but he’s also incredibly loving and protective of Hiccup.
Toothless doesn’t speak, but he has a variety of sounds and expressions that convey his emotions. He’s brought to life through animation and sound effects.
In the How to Train Your Dragon movies, Toothless is voiced by sound designer and animal vocalization specialist, Randy Thom. Thom’s expertise in creating animal sounds made him the perfect fit to give Toothless his unique vocalizations.
The Voice Actors Behind the Dragons: Cate Blanchett and Gerard Butler
In How to Train Your Dragon 3, some of the dragons are given voices by a talented group of actors. Here’s a closer look at two of the actors who voice the dragons in the movie:
Cate Blanchett as Valka
Valka is a dragon rider and Hiccup’s long-lost mother. She’s a strong and independent character who helps Hiccup and his friends in their fight against the new villain. Valka rides a dragon called Cloudjumper, who is a Stormcutter dragon.
Cate Blanchett, an Australian actress known for her roles in films such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy and Thor: Ragnarok, voices Valka. Blanchett’s ability to convey strength and grace made her a perfect fit for the character.
Gerard Butler as Stoick
Stoick, Hiccup’s father, is the leader of the Viking tribe and a formidable warrior. He rides a dragon called Thornado, who is a Thunderdrum dragon. Stoick has a complicated relationship with Hiccup, but he ultimately learns to accept his son’s unique perspective and love for dragons.
Scottish actor Gerard Butler, known for his roles in 300 and Phantom of the Opera, voices Stoick. Butler’s deep voice and commanding presence bring a sense of authority to the character.
Supporting Cast Members: Who’s Who in Berk
How to Train Your Dragon 3 has a diverse cast of characters, each with their own unique personalities and stories. Here are some of the supporting cast members and the actors who bring them to life:
Astrid – Voiced by America Ferrera
Astrid is Hiccup’s love interest and a skilled dragon rider. She’s a strong and independent character who often challenges Hiccup and pushes him to be his best self.
America Ferrera, known for her roles in the TV series Ugly Betty and the movie Real Women Have Curves, voices Astrid. Ferrera’s ability to portray a determined and confident character makes her a perfect fit for the role.
Gobber – Voiced by Craig Ferguson
Gobber is a seasoned dragon trainer and Hiccup’s mentor. He’s missing an arm and has a sarcastic sense of humor. Gobber is fiercely loyal to the Viking tribe and helps Hiccup and his friends in their fight against the new villain.
Craig Ferguson, a Scottish-American comedian and actor, voices Gobber. Ferguson’s comedic timing and ability to deliver sarcastic lines make Gobber one of the funniest characters in the franchise.
Eret – Voiced by Kit Harington
Eret is a former dragon trapper who joins forces with Hiccup and his friends. He’s a skilled fighter and has a tough exterior, but he ultimately proves himself to be a loyal ally.
Kit Harington, known for his role as Jon Snow in the TV series Game of Thrones, voices Eret. Harington’s ability to portray a complex and conflicted character makes Eret one of the most interesting supporting characters in the franchise.
Bringing the Villain to Life: F. Murray Abraham as Grimmel
How to Train Your Dragon 3 introduces a new villain, Grimmel the Grisly, who poses a threat to Hiccup, Toothless, and their friends. Grimmel is a dragon hunter who wants to capture and kill all dragons, including Toothless. Here’s a closer look at the actor who voices Grimmel:
F. Murray Abraham as Grimmel
F. Murray Abraham is an American actor known for his role as Antonio Salieri in the movie Amadeus, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. In How to Train Your Dragon 3, Abraham voices Grimmel with a menacing and cold tone.
Grimmel is a complex villain who is intelligent and cunning. Abraham’s ability to convey a sense of sophistication and intelligence through his voice adds depth to the character. Grimmel is a formidable opponent for Hiccup and Toothless, and Abraham’s performance brings the character to life in a way that is both chilling and captivating.
Behind-the-Scenes Insights from Director Dean DeBlois
Dean DeBlois is the director of all three How to Train Your Dragon movies. Here are some behind-the-scenes insights from DeBlois about the making of How to Train Your Dragon 3:
On the Evolution of the Characters
DeBlois has said that the characters in How to Train Your Dragon 3 have grown and evolved over the course of the franchise. He wanted to give the characters a sense of closure and bring their stories to a satisfying conclusion.
In an interview with Collider, DeBlois said, “It was really about bringing closure to Hiccup’s coming of age story, but also to Toothless’ story as well. I think it’s a story about two best friends that have to grow up and learn how to live without each other.”
On the Inspiration for the Movie
DeBlois has said that he drew inspiration from the original book series by Cressida Cowell, as well as from his own experiences growing up.
In an interview with Slashfilm, DeBlois said, “The series was inspired by Cressida Cowell’s books, but the world and the characters really grew out of my own experiences and memories of growing up in a small town in Canada, and my relationships with my own pets and my own best friend.”
On the Challenges of Making an Animated Movie
Making an animated movie comes with its own set of challenges, from creating realistic characters and settings to capturing the right emotions and expressions.
In an interview with Screen Rant, DeBlois said, “Animation is such a complicated and challenging medium. It requires a lot of resources and talent to create something that looks and feels real. We have to make sure the characters look and move realistically, but also have a sense of emotion and expression that is relatable to the audience.”