I would like to identify a thing; third gif from the top you can feel the desperation in Hiccup’s movements, he’s trying so hard to avoid that tail that’s falling towards them, the suddenness and the power behind his gear shift is a direct indication of the panic that he’s experiencing. And then of course we know the expression that he wears as he realizes they’re not going to make it out of the way in time. And no matter how hard he presses down it’s not going to work because the line has been singed, and in the end Hiccup pushes so hard the the system gives and breaks off. Hiccup is incredible at conveying his emotion through his body language which speaks a lot for his character (even if that body language is coming from a foot)
Oh my gosh. This post wins the world. SO much detail, so much change, so much emotion like you said Shauna. That third gif, gosh my heart. His foot just rolls in that space, trying so hard to work the tail.
Notice how in the new foot he has, it’s much easier to shift the tail, as well. No bending, just sliding.
(Source: graphrofberk, via cassjaytuck)