CAN I TELL YOU HOW IMPORTANT STOICK’S BEARD IS???
I’m totally not kidding. Stoick’s beard is so important to me. Look at it. Look! Look at the change from the first movie to the second. He’s aged with the rest of the cast, which is to be expected as it has been five years, but that’s not what matters most.
Look at how different they look. In the first it’s wild, untamed, ragged, blood red, almost unkempt. In the second it is smooth, artful, well kept, with a touch of white.
In the first movie, their life is chaos, a constant battle against dragons, barely enough time to rebuild their houses, let alone find enough to eat. His temper is as red and ragged as his beard, and striking out in every direction. You learn from the second movie why he has a vendetta against the dragons, as it is how he lost his wife.
In the sequel, Berk has found peace, contentment. There is time to build not only houses for themselves, but the dragons as well. Stoick’s heart and soul have begun to heal. He can see a clear future for Berk, for his son.
The white in his beard is the wisdom Berk has gained with their friendship with the dragons and with peace.
Stoick as the chief represents his village, both as their leader, and in his character design. His beard is a physical representation of what Hiccup and his father have achieved together.
And that, my friends, that is why Stoick’s beard is important.
Woah. Fridge brilliance.