There’s just a few frames in the second gif where hiccup looks so nervous. i mean he’s just about to confront this menacing guy who could easily kill him and all he has is his words and you can see that he’s covering it up and putting on a brave face but he’s secretly scared as hell. He takes a deep breath, puts his fear behind him and gets down to business and its just wow animation.
Thank you kindly! I’m the animator who animated this moment. You hit the nail right on the head! This is Hiccup’s first time meeting Drago. In his attempt to change this “madman’s” mind, it was important to see both courage and caution in his face, as the situation was both terrifying and unpredictable (considering what’s already happened)…
Really? I was told by Simon Otto that the animators at Dreamworks were always animating the same characters to get the feeling /movement for their characters right. Or doesn’t that apply to the main characters?
Well anyway, beautiful scene! :)
You are correct! The great Simon Otto would cast us animators specific to characters they were most familiar with. I was cast mainly on Hiccup/Toothless (which is a nice role to be stuck in on this franchise), and knowing that I personally adore these characters made the experience all the more enjoyable. Simon is, and always will be, the guiding light for Toothless and all animation (for the feature films and shorts, only).
Not sure how many people are aware… but both Simon Otto and Chris Sanders created the character back in 2008 when the original “Toothless” was to be replaced with a more threatening and mysterious dragon - due in large to raising the stakes for the “film” compared to the lovable short books the films were inspired by. We still preserved the original “Toothless” in the franchise as he became known as the “Terrible Terror”. :-D