Remember when the Httyd community was upset that the first movie in 2010 was not like the book and here we are in 2019 after three movies, three tv shows and four mini movies later we are begging for the series not to end
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Why I love Astrid’s character design— a meta
*please note that this post mostly focuses on Astrid’s HTTYD 1 design
I love Astrid Hoffersons character design and personally find it very unique. Now, that may sound strange to, some. After all, Astrid is just your standard, stick thin female in animation.
Well, actually she’s not.
I. Different Body Type
Now, I’m not saying that Astrid is incredible body type representation, by any means. She’s still a stick thin character. She at least, however, represents a body type than the standard Disney Princess figure.
Albeit, still a thin body type. But it’s a step forward.
Astrid does not have the graceful, feminine curves of your standard princess. She is lanky and sinewy— built like a volleyball player (as stayed in the HTTYD 1 art book). She is built entirely different from the standard animated female— more lean.
II. Age Appropiate Character Design
More importantly though, is that she ACTUALLY LOOKS HER AGE.
This is something which I have long praised the HTTYD films for— 15 year old characters who actually look 15. After years of supposedly 16 year old Disney princesses who look like they’re in their 20s it is.... beyond refreshing. And on this merit alone, the HTTYD character designs get major points in my book.
III. Face Shape
As someone with a wider face shape myself, I have always appreciated Astrid’s round baby face— so hilariously commented on by Ruffnut in HTTYD 3.
This is a far cry from the defined cheekbones and perfect heart shaped faces of most ladies in animation, and is a seriously important form is representation. MANY TEENS ARE SELF CONSCIOUS ABOUT HAVING A BABY FACE.
And this remains true. Throughout every single one of her designs. She just has a broad face shape.
And don’t get me started on how it looks in her armour, especially with the helmet.
She is a beautiful and confident woman, even with her wider baby face!
IV. Unique style
And lastly, Astrid simply has a unique style. Her costuming and hair is a brilliant mix of feminity and functionality— a warrior who isn’t afraid to embrace her beauty and feminine side. This design perfectly reflects the character of Astrid herself.
In HTTYD 1, she’s seen as beautiful, but she’s not conventionally feminine. She wears thick leggings under her skirt, which is studded with skulls. Her outfit consists of very muted colors.
She has choppy bangs, which get into her eyes
Overall, It’s a bit punkish, and an entirely different style than your typical Disney Princess. And even as Astrid grows and embaraces her feminity, she still maintains these unique qualities in her style and personality. It shifts with maturity, but it’s still her, and still different.
So there you have it. That is why I adore Astrid Hofferson’s character design. Overall, I prefer Dreamworks character design and find that they put more nuance and thought into their characters, forming a diverse array of designs.
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Ahhhhhh HTTYD, where do I even start? Listening to the soundtrack of this movie brings up so many memories. Undoubtedly my nr1 comfort film ever!! 💚🌲🌿🌱
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"But, I still have you."
"What took you so long?"
"I can't imagine a world without you in it"
"There will always be a hiccup and astrid, always."
"You just being here with me is the only gift I need."
"I love you Astrid Hofferson, with everything I have, and I always will."
ASJIXHSISJSOAJAKA LOOK HOW FAR THEY'VE COME! MY BABIES OH <3 They did save the best for the last season. I'm going to miss this show 😭 I'm gonna miss waiting around 5-6 months for the new episodes, I'm gonna miss looking up on instagram/tumblr for spoilers. I'm gonna miss everything about this show so much!
Thank you dreamworks, you've done a great job in making us happy 👏
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hi i woke up thinking abt this <3 they have the same energy
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I think Hiccup's fairly safe.
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A Hiccup and Toothless drawing for the 11th anniversary of HTTYD!
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Dear DreamWorks, PLEASE PUT STOICK IN MORE DURING RTTE S6, AS WE WILL NEVER EVER SEE HIM AGAIN AFTER THAT. PLEASE.
A very concerned HTTYD fan.
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Look out, he's dangerous
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[How to Train Your Dragon AU]
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drew a more detailed toothy
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What are we crying about today in the Httyd fandom? How about Hiccup and Toothless in Httyd 1 and if Toothless realizes how much he matters to Hiccup in the first movie!
Because here you have this boy, this Viking boy, who doesn't fit in and actually refuses to fit in. Because he doesn't want to change, he wants to be accepted for who he is because he knows he can never fit in the way they want him to.
Stoick has certainly tried to make him fit in, but he does so by attempting to steer Hiccup away from what he wants to do in order to prove himself. A.k.a no dragon training, no coming out during raids, etc.
Then there is Gobber, who also wants Hiccup to fit in the Viking way, but he does it by having Hiccup do exactly what he wants to do, but in the Viking way. A.k.a convince Stoick to let Hiccup join dragon training so he can train together with the other Viking kids, do his job at the forge, etc.
But Hiccup knows that he can't lift a hammer, that he can't swing an axe, that he can't even use a couple of bolas. So he tries and tries to prove himself as a dragon killer with his inventions, saying that it's for popularity's sake, that his life will be better, that he might even have a shot with Astrid.
And then Option C comes along and that is Toothless.
Toothless, who accepts Hiccup for who he is when he knows these few things about him:
He's actually a friendly.
Tries to fix his mistakes.
Listens to Toothless.
And Hiccup's attempts to fit in on Berk stop immediately. Because one person accepting him for who he is was enough to Hiccup. Just one.
I could go on and on about how sad it is that Hiccup's attempts were big enough for an entire village to notice, (Like, he could've gone after any dragon, but he decides to go after a Night Fury of all things?) when apparently one person looking at him and going "yeah, you're allowed to exist the way you are right now" was enough to stop any and all further attempts to fit in.
But instead I want to consider this and focus on how much Toothless must've meant to Hiccup in Httyd 1 specifically.
Because Hiccup did gain popularity, he did get friends, he did "fit in", he did make his father proud, he made his entire village proud. And yet, what does he do?
He makes class end quicker to see Toothless quicker. Time spend at the forge is time spend on Toothless. If he's not drawing blueprints for Toothless, he's drawing Toothless, etc... And then he becomes the champion of his dragon killing training class and what is his first instinct?
It's to leave. It's to take Toothless and leave.
Because he knows explaining he can't kill a Monstrous Nightmare means exposing his "tricks and lies", it means exposing Toothless, the one person who truly accepts him for who he is. And Hiccup is willing to leave his village, his newfound friends, Astrid, Gobber, his own father, his “acceptance” just to keep Toothless safe.
And that while Gift of the Night Fury possibly implies that Hiccup didn't even believe Toothless was there to stay. He was willing to do all of that for just the one person who accepted him, who he thought was a very temporary thing.
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I haven't drawn these two since middle school- still love them <3
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So you know how in the first movie we hear people say ‘Night Fury! Get down!’ quite a number of times, and as a joke near the end of the film? Do you think that it’s now like an inside joke sort of thing for the whole village?
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httyd 1 toothless appreciation hours
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"It was at this moment, Hiccup knew...he fucked up."
This is from the scene in HTTYD 1 during the test flight, where Hiccup comes loose from Toothless's saddle.
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really i think the heart of the reason why i despise thw toothless’ design is because...well. what the fuck happened to the night fury?
like, in httyd 1 toothless is clearly cat-like in nature, but not just that, he’s sleek too. his movements are fluid and honestly very enchanting to watch. i also believe this is why the flight scenes with him in the first movie are so damn good. you feel that power, that speed, that dexterity, and you know you’d be lying if you said you weren’t captivated whenever a scene occured that had him taking to the sky.
in httyd 2, things change. some good, some arguably bad, but overall pretty good. i’m sure most would agree with me on that. in this movie 5 years have gone by, and everyone has gone through some changes, but i’m going to discuss toothless, of course. httyd 2 toothless has put on more obvious bulk, and he is admittedly not as sleek and panther-esque as he once was, but he still maintains that swift-power. watching him and toothless fly as one is still as satisfying as it was in the first movie. essentially speaking, it holds up.
thw toothless is...an utter disappointment, to say the least, in this regard. it would appear as though they added even more bulk, so much of it in fact that toothless now looks like a blocky square, and to be honest it’s highly unpleasant to look at, not to mention watch move around in action. there is nothing appealing about the way in toothless makes his way through the movie; toothless no longer runs, he gallops, the way he walks is incredibly awkward, and flying...flying is probably the most disappointing of all.
thw toothless in flight is stiff, very stiff, uncomfortably so. and there is no doubt in my mind that it’s specifically because toothless is too muscly, too blocky, now. seeing him in flight is so unappealing because most of what gave him that swift-power was in his design, and now that it’s been mangled so horrifically the way a night fury takes to the air no longer fits on toothless himself. i’ve seen this explained with, “toothless has to learn how to fly all over again, due to his codependent flight relationship with hiccup.” which, aight, i’ll give you that then. but it’s not until at the very end of the movie where this improves. marginally, mind you. it’s no where near httyd 1, and honestly it doesn’t even skim httyd 2, but you do get some of that magic back. you don’t get the power, or or the speed, but i suppose you do get that small taste of dexterity. such a small taste you wouldn’t know it was on your tongue if you weren’t actively seeking it out.
and like, i’m just once again mourning for what once was, i guess.
(as an end note: if you payed attention to the flight scenes as much as i did you probably noticed that they appeared to have given that swift-power to the light fury. granted, it’s not swift-power exactly, just swift. the power isn’t there, but the speed and dexterity is. you see this in the way the light fury flies; in the way she twists turns and dives, even when it comes to her moving on the ground. she’s nice to watch in motion. this is, obviously, because the people behind her specifically designed her to be Sleek Graceful Girl, but you already guessed that, didn’t you.)
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