Let’s just talk about how much Astrid has GROWN UP in this poster.
I’m talking about both physically & mentally. Through those 5 years of living side by side with Dragons on Berk, she’s actually grown more into a woman than we really give DreamWorks Animation appreciation for.
She’s a lot more confident in her abilities & her lifestyle, but she’s also cautious about how she treats others and their feelings. She has also grown up beautifully physically, kinda reminding me of those professional athletes you’d see in the Olympics that are both beautiful & dangerous at the same time. She just is a great combination of both and I give DreamWorks Animation all the props in the world for balancing her out as well as they did.
I appreciate the fact that they also changed her entire outfit to match her new change. It looks more feminine & complex than her original appearance but it just works out perfectly. John Sanford did mentioned that out of all the teens, Astrid & Hiccup changed the most. I couldn’t agree more with that statement than with these character posters. Feminine doesn’t always mean weaker either, some of the most kick ass women in the movie world always has a sense of femininity about them that reminds us that they’re just like us. So I don’t really find it a big shocker to find that she is more feminine in this movie.
I am not going to doubt that Astrid is at least now a few inches shorter than Hiccup, but that is to be expect since guys are typically taller than girls once they’ve hit puberty. But I don’t mind the fact that she is shorter because she doesn’t need height to kick somebody’s ass. She’s just that damn awesome.
We also see through the Trailer that she acts a lot more lighthearted than she has in the past incarnations of the series. I don’t know, I always felt that in the past she was always a bit on the edge because she was afraid of what people might say about her. But through those 5 years, she’s grown to relax a lot more in her life. Therefor removing that sense of tenseness around her lifestyle.
I also love what they’ve done to her that makes her a perfect fit for Hiccup. It’s kinda weird when I say that I appreciate the fact that they’ve made a her a lot smaller in terms of body wise against Hiccup. Her hands are smaller so that they are probably perfectly matched with his, her body is a lot more smaller so that he can wrap his arms around her to fit perfectly together with his own. It’s like they’ve made them so that no matter what they did, they would always fit perfectly together.
I can’t wait to see Astrid in HTTYD2 & her relationship with Hiccup, because it is gonna be freaking amazing~!