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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.

Poster art for "How to Train Your Dragon: An IMAX 3D Experience."

Characters

  • 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 battle when he was biting Fireworm's bottom. He appears to be a common or garden dragon, although Fishlegs spread the (false) story that he is a near extinct, more vicious relative of the Monstrous Nightmare breed called theToothless Daydream and possibly the offspring of the mighty dragon ruler King Daggerfangs. Toothless is green and red.
  • Windwalker is Hiccup's flying dragon. Hiccup adopted him as he knew no one else would choose him, since Windwalker had a limp and appeared to be weak and traumatized. At first the dragon couldn't speak, so it was hard for Hiccup to communicate with him, but he later turned out to be very helpful and faithful to his rider.
  • Fishlegs is Hiccup's best friend who is allergic to carni-dragons, like Monstrous Nightmares. He has a squint and asthma. He's a bit of a wimp but he has shown himself to be quite cunning when he needs to be. He is also a Berserk, meaning that in the midst of battle he is overcome by bloodlust and becomes extremely dangerous. His dragon is a Basic Brown named Horrorcow.
  • Horrorcow is a Basic Brown Dragon. The Horror bit is to add some scariness to her name. The cow bit is because she is not remotely dangerous and spends most of her time in a deep sleep. Fishlegs suspects she is a vegetarian. She is the same size as Toothless and is his best dragon friend.
  • Stoick the Vast is Hiccup's father and leader of the Hairy Hooligans. He has two dragons named Newtsbreath and Hookfang. Unlike his son, he is incredibly strong but rather unintelligent.
  • Snotlout is Hiccup's much despised cousin. He is a big bully who is always bossing the other kids around, especially Hiccup, and he says "Useless" when addressing Hiccup. He is top class at bashyball, rudery and everything else. His dragon is a brilliant scarlet Monstrous Nightmare named Fireworm, who, by ancient viking law, is technically supposed to belong to Hiccup, the son of the chief.
  • Fireworm is Snotlout's completely immodest dragon. She is a red Monstrous Nightmare and immensely dislikes Toothless, often jeering, prodding and attacking him.
  • Dogsbreath the Duhbrain is Snotlout's friend and sidekick. It is Dogsbreath who carries out Snotlout's dirty work. He is unintelligent and doesn't talk much. His dragon, a Gronkle, is named Seaslug.
  • Valhallarama is Hiccup's mother. She loves questing.
  • Alvin the Treacherous is Hiccup's archenemy. He used to be chief of the Outcasts. Although he is a fantastic swordfighter, he is always losing parts of his body. So far he has lost all of his hair, a hand, a foot, a nose and an eye.
  • Camicazi is a fierce sword fighter from the tribe of female warriors known as the Bog-Burglars. She is a good friend of Hiccup's. She is the heir to Big-Boobied Bertha. Though she is very skilled at escapes and burglary, she doesn't think deeply. Her dragon is a rare Mood-Dragon named Stormfly.
  • Stormfly is a Mood-Dragon, but there is one strange thing about her, which is that, unlike most dragons, she speaks in Norse. Mood-Dragons change colour depending on their moods. For example, if a Mood-Dragon is angry, she will turn blue-black. Stormfly is a pathological liar, but Camicazi can tell when she is lying because she turns violet. Stormfly is usually gold.
  • Humungously Hotshot the Hero is as his name says, a hero who has been trapped on the island of lava-louts for fifteen years. He went out on a quest to find the fire stone for Hiccup's grandfather, Old Wrinkly so he could marry Hiccup's mother Valhallarama.
  • Big-Boobied Bertha is the leader of the Bog-Burglars and the mother of Camicazi.
  • Gobber the Belch is in charge of the Viking Initiation program as well as the Pirate Training Program.
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CastGerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Jay Baruchel
Genre:  Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date:  March 26, 2010
MPAA Rating:  PG
Runtime:  98 minutes
Studio:  Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks
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