A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The story intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Kids see that even though distance and time have separated Hiccup and Toothless, their affection for each other continues to be strong and helps them find each other again. The story reminds viewers that emotions are powerful forces that can transcend differences, and that it's wise to never judge a book by its cover.
Positive Role Models
Hiccup is determined that his children will regard dragons fairly and sets a good example for them.
Violence & Scariness
Some mild peril in a scene that shows fire threatening a community. Hiccup suffers bumps to the head and other minor injuries in encounters with dragons, but there's no lasting harm.
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Products & Purchases
This short film joins the How to Train Your Dragon franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming is a short film that is set between the events at the end of The Hidden World and those in the epilogue that follows the trilogy finale. Fans of the movies will find more of what they've come to appreciate in the movies -- sweeping scenery, rough-around-the-edges Viking folk, and heartwarming themes of friendships that defy odds and challenge stereotypes. Unlike the movies, this story has no fighting or even traditional conflict, but there is some mild peril in parts. This installment will make little sense to viewers who do not know the characters' backstory in its entirety, but for families that have enjoyed the characters' unfolding story together, this short tale will be another worth watching. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If fault can be found with this adjunct tale, it's that it is far too short for How To Train Your Dragon fans' liking, but its brevity makes sense given its placement in the franchise's timeline. The story is nestled in the timeline between the emotional end of The Hidden World and the even more emotional epilogue that's set about a decade later. Dragons and humans have been separated for enough time for a new generation of Vikings to have been born, but because of the timing of their arrival, they've never known the relationship between the two species firsthand. Enter Hiccup and his untraditional (and always humorous) problem-solving skills, and this sweet adventure is set into motion.
Homecoming isn't a great starting point for viewers new to the movie franchise, as it jumps right into the story assuming you know the major players and plot points. But fans who have watched Hiccup's and Toothless's relationship develop over the course of the movie trilogy will find it a heartwarming addition to the saga with poignant sentiments about treasuring the people (and dragons) we love, especially around the holidays.
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