Sunday, February 27, 2011

How to Train Your Dragon

Starring the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrara, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson, and Kristen Wiig

Directed by: Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

Release Date: March 26th, 2010

If Dreamworks continues to make movies like this, MegaMind, and Kung Fu Panda, they could one day surpass Pixar Animation Studios. Based on the 2003 childrens novel by Cressida Cowell, How to Train Your Dragon is a fun adventure film with alot of heart, humor, and creativity.

On the island of Berk, Vikings are constantly at war with dragons. The leader of the village, Stoick (Butler), is an example of pride and the warrior's strength, is a legendary dragon fighter. His son Hiccup (Baruchel), is seen as a failure and strange; a little boy who hasn't lived up to his father's example. While Stoick is off hunting for the dragons' lair, Hiccup is taken into dragon figthing school taught by Gobber (Ferguson), a Viking who teaches by throwing the young vikings in head first with a herd of dragons. Soon, Hiccup has found of dragon known as a Night Fury out in the woods and discovers that some of the lessons the adults teach about dragons are wrong. Perhaps, Hiccup believes, dragons can be taught...

No doubt about it: this film looks gorgeous. I have to applaud the animators for how unique and visually stunning they make all the characters, both dragon and viking alike. It was quite a good decision to make each character have their own style and a unique personality. Plus, the best part? The wonderfully breathtaking flying scenes. I loved how the dragons dived, swooped, and sped past each other in the air. These scenes are certainly one of the highlights of the film.

The voice casting is great, mostly with improvisational comedians. Jay Baruchel makes Hiccup into a complex and funny protagonist; he makes Hiccup into a great oddball character that the audience can relate to and makes his realtionship with Toothless warm and funny.

This is a great film for parents, families, and everyone else. I fully encourage everyone to check this movie out and I cannot wait for the sequel.
Rating: * * * * * of 5
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How to Train Your Dragon Book 1

How to Train Your Dragon (Single Disc Edition)

How to Train Your Dragon (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Dragon Double Pack) [Blu-ray]

How to Train Your Dragon (Double DVD Pack)

How to Train Your Dragon Blu Ray (Single Disc Blu-Ray 2010)

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