How To Train Your Dragon


Director: Chris Sanders/Dean DeBlois
Writers: Adam F. Goldberg/Peter Tolan/Dean DeBlois/Chris Sanders
Based on the Novel by: Cressida Cowell

Producers: Bonnie Arnold/Doug Davison/Roy Lee/Michael Connolly/Tim Johnson
Starring: Jay Baruchel/Gerard Butler/Jonah Hill/America Ferrera/Craig Ferguson
Year: 2010
Country: USA
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 98 minutes

Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, this action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn’t exactly fit in with his tribe’s longstanding tradition of heroic dragon more »slayers. Hiccup’s world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges him and his fellow Vikings to see the world from an entirely different point of view.

Could this be Dreamworks best movie ever?

How  To Train Your Dragon is the latest offering Dreamworks has released but could this be as big or as bold as Shrek? The story is very imaginative and is guaranteed to keep the attention of children and adults. The characters were loveable and the dragons were simply adorable, especially Toothless. The animation was marvellous and doesn’t disappoint in quality which was to be expected from Dreamworks. The script is very cleverly written like everything else in the movie. Great characters, good music, brilliant animation and fantastic humour, this doesn’t disappoint.

I simply fell in love with this movie. I loved Shrek and Kung Fu Panda but this beats them in my opinion. The animation was simply crafted beautifully and you could tell that a lot of time and effort had gone into it and is probably the best animation I’ve seen for years in a kids’ movie. I also liked how the dragons didn’t talk, I thought it added a sense of reality to the movie (even if there is dragons in it). This doesn’t mean Toothless, the main dragon, is boring, far from it. Toothless and Hiccup was fantastic as their trust and friendship made for heart-felt viewing and some funny scenes. The best scenes, in my opinion, was the flying scenes with Toothless and Hiccup, the animation during them scenes were phenomenal to watch. The characters were great as well and Hiccup’s crush Astrid was great as she tries to figure out what Hiccup is up to.

Overall, the movie had fantastic scenes, beautiful animation, great characters, voice acting, script and story…what more could you possibly want from an animation? I highly recommend everyone to watch this, this is one not to miss!

9/10
One of the greatest kids’ animations I have seen in a long time. This knocks the socks off Shrek and could be a worthy rival for Pixar and I’m sure most people would fall in love with this movie like I did!

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