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How to Train Your Dragon-Movie Review 08/14/2011

Posted by Films to consider in Adventure, American, Animated, Comedy, Movies.

How to Train Your Dragon (American) 2010

Among many other awards and nominations:
NOMINATED, Best Original Score (John Powell); Best Animated Feature Film (deBlois and Sanders), Academy Awards
WINNER, VES Award, Outstanding Animation Effects, Visual Effects Society Awards
WINNER, Golden Reel Award, Best Sound Effects, Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA

From Dream Works Animation
Directed by Dean deBlois and Chris Sanders

Voices by Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, and Craig Ferguson

A very funny and enjoyable animated film from Dream Works Studios.

Hiccup (Baruchel) is a young Viking who is a huge disappointment to his overbearing father, Stoick the Vast (Butler). Although Hiccup has many creative and inventive talents, his father wants him to follow in his footsteps and become a fearsome Viking. Hiccup must learn to kill the dragons that threaten their town on the island of Berk. As he begins training under Gobber the Belch (Ferguson), Hiccup has little hope of ever killing dragons and little hope of ever impressing the spirited Astrid (Ferrera). An accidental run-in with a dragon gives Hiccup the opportunity to save his town.

This film overcomes what could be a predictable storyline with funny dialogue, well-matched character voices, and incredible animation. It was filmed in 3D and received many awards for special effects. A sequel with the same cast is in the works, due to be released in 2014. I look forward to seeing that (and maybe a re-release of this one) in the theater.

98 min. Rated PG. Not suitable for very young children (scary and intense scenes).



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