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Gift of the Night Fury

Gift of the Night Fury is a 2011 computer-animated short film by DreamWorks Animation and directed by Tom Owens. It was released on November 15, 2011, on DVD and Blu-ray, along with another original animated short film Book of Dragons.[2]

Gift of the Night Fury
Gift of the Night Fury poster.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byTom Owens
Produced byDean DeBlois (Executive)
Kate Spencer
Written byAdam F. Goldberg
Based onHow to Train Your Dragon
StarringJay Baruchel
Gerard Butler
Craig Ferguson
America Ferrera
Jonah Hill
T. J. Miller
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Kristen Wiig
Music by
Distributed byDreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (currently)
Release date
  • November 15, 2011 (2011-11-15)
Running time
22 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

Based on How to Train Your Dragon, the short takes place in the middle of preparing for the Viking winter holiday. After all dragons inexplicably fly away, the last one of them unwittingly kidnaps Hiccup. The film stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.



During a set of winter holidays, all the dragons of Berk unexpectedly depart, leaving everyone distraught. The only exception seems to be of Toothless, who cannot fly by himself. Out of compassion, Hiccup creates him a new prosthesis allowing him independent flight, and thus allows his escape. Three days later, Meatlug, a Gronckle dragon whom Fishlegs had kept chained, escapes, inadvertently taking Hiccup. Meatlug travels to a sulfur-hot springs island where the other dragons have been hatching their eggs. Astrid and the gang also discover Dragon eggs in Meatlug's nest, which they scatter around Berk in hopes of lifting the villagers' spirits. This plan backfires because dragon eggs hatch with an explosion, devastating Berk.

While looking for Toothless, Hiccup meets Stormfly (Astrid's Deadly Nadder), Hookfang (Snotlout's Monstrous Nightmare) and their babies. Wanting to get a ride home, Hiccup inadvertently triggers their return migration. Despite the devastation, Berk citizens are filled with joy to see their dragons back.

During the ensuing celebration, Toothless returns, having spent the entire time away looking for Hiccup's lost helmet. The next day, Toothless destroys his new tail and compels Hiccup to put the old saddle on him and be his rider again. Hiccup closes the short saying that he had given Toothless a great gift (freedom), but Toothless gave him a better one (friendship and maybe more...).

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Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury was released on Blu-ray and DVD on November 15, 2011 along with Book of Dragons. It was released on Blu-ray and DVD as part of the DreamWorks Holiday Classics. It was re-released on DVD on October 1, 2013 along with Shrek the Halls, Merry Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda Holiday, and The Croods.


  1. ^ Smith, Matthew (September 7, 2011). "Dreamworks Dragons Blu-ray". Retrieved September 7, 2011.
  2. ^ "How to Train Your Dragon Continues On DVD". DreamWorks Animation via September 7, 2011. Retrieved September 7, 2011.

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