How Hiccup and Astrid’s Relationship Feels Different Then Typical Cartoon Couples

Audiences love a cute couple to root for and through the years animated movies have delivered a lot of memorable couples in all shapes and sizes: Mickey and Minnie, Aladdin and Jasmine, Shrek and Fiona, Wall-E and Eve. Rooting for that final kiss and happily ever after makes for exciting character story arcs but it’s not the only way to do it. As the How To Train Your Dragon trilogy soon closes out with the release of The Hidden World this weekend, audiences will also say goodbye to Hiccup and Astrid, who have shared a romance throughout the series, though the typical clichés have never been a part of the couple’s story.

During a recent press visit to DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, I spoke to voice actors Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera about the relationship of their characters. Here’s what Baruchel had to say:

The How To Train Your Dragon movies incorporated love interests for the main characters, but in a more realistic take on love than what’s typically been shown on screen. The couple don’t deal with unnecessary drama, glitzy gestures or long confessions of love, they just are, plain and simple. Hiccup and Astrid are supportive of one another and look to have a genuine connection.

America Ferrera jumped in, explaining why their unique dynamic over the past three films appeals to her with these words:

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