Look at that. Just look at Hiccup’s face. He’s smiling. He and Toothless are being chased by the largest dragon anyone on Berk has ever seen, and the little twig is smiling.
*immediately breaks her vow and draws more hiccups*
so in the art book for the second film is a page lined with storyboards for “toothless found” and ”two new alphas.” these are the two panels that broke me, so of course i had to draw them. how different do you think this scene could’ve felt had it been more physical like this?
(imagine it though; toothless nosing at hiccup with teeth bared and eyes piercing; hiccup steeling himself against fear and the instinct to draw back; hiccup saying his quiet little mantra, but in a low murmur with his arms wrapped tight around his dragon even as smoke still curls from toothless’ mouth)
As the previous voices of God in cinemas had been larger than life and very dramatic, Lon Bender and the film team decided to use Val Kilmer, who was also voicing Moses, to voice god to suggest that the voice of God instead sounds like the voice you’d hear everyday in your head. This then leaves the suggestion in the film that God’s voice we’re hearing is how Moses hears God and that to someone else, God would sound like themselves.
I love how Dreamworks can go from this
in just three years.
Puts a whole new layer to this scene too when Ramesses desperately tries to convince Moses to stay in Egypt. Even though he can’t technically do much to save Moses should the latter be convicted of murder (Pharaoh tended to have the final say), Ramesses was willing to do anything—even bend the rules, bend Ma’at—in a desperate effort to save his brother’s life. Ramesses is probably aware that his father would be furious if he found out his son tried to claim godhood before he took the throne, but here, he doesn’t care. He wants to save Moses from execution, and if that meant prematurely declaring himself a god, thereby in danger of upsetting the Order of Things (i.e. Ma’at), then so be it. He cares so much about Moses that he was fully willing to risk his father’s fury and the disturbance of Ma’at just to try and get Moses out of trouble. Now that’s brotherly love.