"How to Train Your Dragon"
Science Fiction/Fantasy, Animation and Adaptation. Rated PG. 1
hour, 38 minutes.
credit: Dreamworks Animation
to Train Your Dragon movie poster
introverted Viking teenager befriends a young, wounded dragon
he had originally intended to kill.
Review: I saw two 3D movies last Saturday (How
to Train Your Dragon and Clash of the Titans), and
How to Train Your Dragon was clearly the better 3D experience.
Hiccup (voiced by Baruchel) is the son of the Viking leader Stoick
(voiced by Butler). Hiccup isn't a typical Viking teenager - he
spends his time inventing devices while wishing he were out killing
dragons. After all, killing dragons is what Vikings do, and Hiccup
wants to impress his father.
One evening the village is attacked by dragons, and Hiccup rolls
out a device he built that resembles a crossbow with a bolt that
includes a net-like device. He actually strikes a ‘night
fury', one of the most elusive and feared of the various dragon
He heads out to track down his kill, but finds instead a tangled,
wounded dragon. Hiccup can't bring himself to finish off the dragon.
He cuts the net's bindings and the dragon springs to action, pouncing
on Hiccup, but doesn't hurt him.
Hiccup realizes that the dragon's tail has been injured, preventing
it from flying home. He crafts a makeshift tail replacement and,
after gaining the young dragon’s trust by feeding it, attaches
the prosthetic tail and begins 'training' the dragon to fly using
While Hiccup is training his dragon, his father allows him to
enroll in the village’s dragon fighting training course.
Hiccup excels, but not due to his athleticism or innate fighting
skills, but rather from the various things he has learned about
dragons from interacting with his dragon, which he’s named
The story is entertaining enough, the animation is solid and the
3D technology is leveraged much more effectively than in the recent
Clash of the Titans or Alice in Wonderland films.
I think the film was rather enjoyable, and it should be appropriate
for children who are older than 3.
credit: Dreamworks Animation
scene from How to Train Your Dragon.
How to Train Your
Dragon is a story about a teenage boy, Hiccup, and his father,
Stoick, who hunts dragons in the Age of Vikings. These vikings
hunt and slay dragons. As a way of life, killing dragons is everything.
It is prestige.
Hiccup is forced to
go to dragon-slaying class by his big, burly Viking father to
learn how to kill them. However, Hiccup doesn't fit in with the
rest of these violent Vikings. But in an attempt to impress a
girl, Astrid, he tries to catch the Night Fury dragon, which he
does. But when it comes time to kill him, he has a change of heart
and can't bring himself to do so.
When the Night Fury
falls out of the sky, Hiccup notices that his wing has broken
off. He slowly approaches him and pets him and realizes the dragon
is not as mean as he thought he would be. He names the pet dragon,
Toothless, because he has no teeth. He searches around and tries
to fix his wing and attaches it to his body. The dragon flies
The tribe eventually
finds out where the dragons have their nest. They go there and
attack the dragons. The dragons fly out with a fist of fury.
Hiccup turns their world into a tailspin as he convinces the tribe
that they don't need to be dragon slayers after all.
Gerard Butler is the
voice of Stoick, the father. Craig Ferguson is the voice of a
grumpy warrior and America Ferrara is the voice of Astrid.
The movie is directed
by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders and will be coming to theaters
on Friday, March 26, 2010.
I would recommend the
movie because it has a good storyline and you will root for Hiccup
and his dragon in the end.