‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Is DreamWorks Animation Gamechanger

Published on Dec 04, 2019

In “The Hidden World,” DreamWorks’ bittersweet finale to its beloved “How to Train Your Dragon” trilogy, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless go their separate ways until humans and dragons can peacefully co-exist. But when Toothless attains his exalted status as king of the dragons, it was vital to convey the beauty and grandeur of their ancestral home, the Caldera, on a scale never before achieved at the studio.

Fortunately, DreamWorks rushed its new path-tracing renderer, MoonRay — which calculates light as it behaves in the real world — into production just in time to showcase the wondrous dragon lair. MoonRay stretched throughout the pipeline, resulting in more complex and subtle lighting possibilities, which is why “The Hidden World” became the studio’s crowning animated achievement.

“It was the first time that we were able to deliver a sequence as fully envisioned, without having to use a lot of matte painting and cheats

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Author: Bill Desowitz