I'm a middle aged adult, but you'll never hear me whine, 'We didn't have 3D when I was a kid!' Well, part of the deal is being a middle aged adult nowadays means you can keep making up for lost time.
Oh, yes, we had 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,' 'Oliver!' and the first release of 'Star Wars,' but kids nowadays have never had it so good.
Call it middle life crisis. Call me the middle-aged man who can't grow up, or call me just genuinely honest, but I was thoroughly satisfied with this summer's 3D gem, 'How to Train Your Dragon'.
I'm not sure how well this film works without 3D glasses, but I can tell you, it's quite a treat. I learned a long time ago (back in the late 70's) when I first experienced I-Max, that you can re-experience most of the thrill of a roller coaster watching a film taken upon one. This film, during the dragon riding scenes, is just that, and quite an experience, too. I can see why some people who are more sensitive or prone to illness are complaining about 'Avatar' sickness and such, but I came out all right, and happy to have taken the ride.
The story is terrific, too. The main character is a young viking named Hiccup--how's that for self-fulfilling prophecy?--(Jay Bruchel) who is a misfit of the 'The Fu Panda' kind: He greatly aspires to fight all the dragons in their dangerous and splendid varieties, but his spindly body isn't combat ready. His father (also properly named, Stoick [Gerard Butler]) doesn't give him much confidence, either, but his one nightly attempt at bravura only leads to disaster and puts his village in harm's way as never before.
This night did render him a partial victory, however. He has injured a Night Fury, one of the rarest and deadliest of all dragons. His encounter may remind one of 'Deep Water Horse,' but all my cheap clues and characterizations shouldn't dismiss the bigger picture, which is this picture is beautifully animated, filled with folklore, synthesized in modern splendor, and still quite unique.
Hiccup has changed his priorities, but Dad takes him to his word that he's a candidate for protecting the village as a dragon warrior. His solution is to send him to dragon camp where he and girl heart-throb Astrid (America Ferrera) must face each different species of dragon in a gladiator type ring.
Anything else I tell you would spoil the fun, but, while nothing will scotch the old days of Disney animation, this one has the color and spectacle necessary to spellbind, and the fluidness of the GCI is good enough to prevent too many rubber-faced transformations.
After being spellbound for approximately an hour and a half, who needs a second childhood? Not me.
Dreamworks animation has often been regarded as the “Poor man’s Pixar” since its animated films are more or less a hit or miss. Well, after the sleeper hit "Monsters Vs. Aliens", the company is once again poised to redeem itself with “How To Train Your Dragon” which is based on the book with the same name. This latest film directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois has enough thought-provoking morale themes, stunning animation, as well as an invaluable … more
*** out of **** You can count on animated films to be good when live action films just aren't. While this is definitely a good thing to count on, some animated films are just bad, and yes, as bad as the live-action flicks are. This is not the case with Dreamworks Animation's first of three 2010 animated offerings. In fact, "How to Train Your Dragon" is the best thing that Dreamworks has had to offer since "Shrek". Yeah, they've come out with some pretty solid stuff from time … more
i hear so much hype about this movie, so i decide to see it. the animation was unbeliveable,i forgot i was watching a movie. i am really intrested about the movie, so i check out all the special features and all(i watched it on DVD) that, and all the effort into this movie, the hundreds of crew and cast, the animation, like i said, was great,it was fantastic. but i am looking forward to see some other great animation hits, so for right now, this is the best 9.5 out of 10 stars 4.5 … more
With a review title as ambitious as mine, some justification is definitely in order. See unlike Pixar (with a little help of the Disney promotion machine), animated hits with the potential to become pop culture icons aren’t a given for DreamWorks. Sure they’ve had Shrek but ask anyone and you’ll discover that 4 feature films and a variety of spin-offs have milked the franchise past its worth. Kung-Fu Panda came next with signs of brilliance. … more
Out from DreamWorks' animation studio is a tale based on two aggressive yet extinct species, dragons and Vikings. Interesting enough, How to Train Your Dragon strays away from stereotyping these two prolific breeds, giving them a fresh interpretation. Hiccup, the main protagonist (voiced by Jay Baruchel), is illustrated as the lanky outcast whose father is the leader of the violent pack of dragon hunters. In addition, his dragon counterpart, Toothless, isn't the barbaric creature that Vikings … more
Dragons have had a pretty checkered history on the silver screen. There have been some good efforts (Reign of Fire, Dragonslayer, Dragonheart) and some terrible misfires (Dungeons and Dragons, Eragon) over the years, but all have fallen short of delivering the definitive dragon movie. The rather clunkily titled How to Train Your Dragon, directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, may well be that movie. Since its formation in 1994, Dreamworks has always been standing in … more
We always seem to go through phases when it comes to popular genres and topics of entertainment. We have the year of 3D (which I'm still debating as to whether I should actually be excited or not), the year of remakes (that has become YEARS and I wish would seriously end), the year of cheapquels/sequels (which some films have promise and others are straight to DVD quality), and of course the year of the "underdog"/geek(which is by far my favorite). 3 months … more
Dreamworks has always been dominant in the the animation field, but that has never made their movies that were great. They had Shrek, which was very clever and very unique and original. But most times when watching a Dreamworks production you're hit with a lot of pop culture references and whatnot. The exception being Kung Fu Panda which showed a different side of Dreamworks. How to Train Your Dragon merely perfects what Kung Fu Panda began. It focuses on being a heartfelt … more
Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) is a young boy living on an island with the great vikings. He explains in the beginning that it is a very old land, but with new houses. This is because their houses are constantly being burned down by the firery breath of dragons, who they are always in battle with. Hiccup is the son of a high in rank viking Stoick (Gerard Butler) who is ashamed of his son because he fails to be the dragon fighter he is supposed to. So to prove himself Hiccup shoots down a never before … more
How to Train a Dragon is a coming of age movie. The usual stuff. The overbearing father, with the son who embarrasses him because of his lack of mini-me-ness, tries to force said son to man-it-up and get on with it already. Son does the one thing he can think of to impress his whole village but screws even that up. But while doing so he discovers truth that will change everything his dad, his whole village, his whole world believed. Add humor, fighting, action and a few scary moments, make it animated, … more
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How to Train Your Dragon is a CGI animated fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the 2003 book of the same title. The film stars the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson, and David Tennant. The story takes place in a mythical Viking world where a young Viking teenager named "Hiccup" aspires to follow his tribe's tradition of becoming a dragon slayer. After finally capturing his first dragon, and with his chance at finally gaining the tribe's acceptance, he finds that he no longer has the desire to kill it and instead befriends it. The film was released March 26, 2010.
Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is the main character in these books. He is an unusual Viking who thinks before he does anything. He has red hair and is very thin. He is one of the only people ever to understand and be able to speak Dragonese, the language of the dragons. He is abnormally clever for a Viking, and a good swordfighter. His hunting dragon isToothless, a small dragon that is a common or garden dragon. Hiccup's best friend Fishlegs claims that Hiccup's dragon is a Toothless Daydream, a mythical and rare type of dragon, to fool Hiccup's father Stoick the Vast and those around him.
Toothless is Hiccup's hunting dragon. Just like his name suggests, he has no teeth. He used to have one tooth, but it fell out in a ...