How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (lost T.J. Miller audio of DreamWorks animated film; late 2010s)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is an American computer-animated action fantasy film directed by Dean DeBlois and produced by Bonnie Arnold and Brad Lewis that was released by Dreamworks Animation and Universal Pictures. The film is the third and final film in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise and focuses on series protagonist Hiccup's attempts to seek a dragon utopia known as the "Hidden World" whilst he and his dragon Toothless deal with the threat of a ruthless dragon hunter named Grimmel the Grisly. The film was released in the United States on February 22nd, 2019 to critical and commercial success, grossing $575.7 million on a $129 million budget, and currently holding a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The film saw the return of many of the actors who had appeared in both of the previous How to Train Your Dragon films, such as Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, and Jonah Hill among others. Alongside these, another actor initially set to reprise his role was American actor and comedian T.J Miller, who had provided the voice of Tuffnut Thorston in the first and second How to Train Your Dragon films and in all eight seasons of the Dragons TV series. Miller's dialogue for the third film would be recorded throughout the late 2010s, with several early news articles related to the film listing Miller among its cast.
However, before the film's release could take place, T.J. Miller would be embroiled in multiple controversies throughout 2017 and 2018 that would irreparably damage his reputation and public image, including sexual assault allegations made against him by an anonymous ex-partner, and calling in a fake bomb threat whilst aboard an Amtrak train on March 18th, 2018. Following his arrest for the latter charge, DreamWorks would make the decision to remove Miller from the film, replacing him with American comedian and impressionist Justin Rupple.
In the days after the film's release, Dean DeBlois would state in an interview with Insider that the removal of Miller from the film had not been his decision, claiming that "I was reluctant to make the change but it was a decision that came [from] on high, you know, tied to his headlines last year." DeBlois would also reveal in this interview that Miller's dialogue had been fully recorded prior to being cut, with Tuffnut's lip movements in the film having been animated to match Miller's performance, resulting in Rupple having to accurately recreate Miller's speech patterns in his own performance so that the dialogue could accurately be synchronized with the footage. To date, none of T.J. Miller's dialogue for the film has been released.
- B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations (partially found unreleased DreamWorks Animation film; 2015)
- Larrikins (partially found unfinished DreamWorks film; 2013-2017)
- Me and My Shadow (partially found footage of unreleased DreamWorks animated film; 2010-2017)
- Article about How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World from 2016 that lists T.J. Miller among the film's cast. Retrieved 28 Feb '23
- Article about T.J. Miller's sexual assault allegations. Retrieved 28 Feb '23
- Article about T.J. Miller's arrest following his false bomb threat. Retrieved 28 Feb '23
- Insider interview with Dean DeBlois about Miller's removal from the film. Retrieved 28 Feb '23