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Everything you know about dragons is wrong
How To Train Your Dragon (DVD)
Member Name: aylawarner
How To Train Your Dragon (DVD)
Advantages: Excellent animation, exciting and full of adventure
The Vikings on the island of Berk must continuously fight to prevent their village from being destroyed by the fire-breathing dragons that plague the island. Hiccup, a young Viking, dreams of becoming as famous as his father who is the leader of the island and has killed many dragons, but Hiccup is far too small and clumsy to fight and is left indoors while the rest of his friends get to slay dragons.
To prove himself to his father and the town, Hiccup takes down the most feared dragon of them all, the Night Fury, but when he finds where it landed, he can't bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup ends up befriending the dragon, who he names Toothless, and he realises that the dragons aren't anything like what the Vikings think they are.
~ Cast ~
Hiccup - Jay Baruchel
Stoick - Gerard Butler
Gobber - Craig Ferguson
Astrid - America Ferrera
Snotlout - Jonah Hill
Fishlegs - Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Tuffnut - T.J. Miller
Ruffnut - Kristen Wiig
I wasn't originally too bothered about seeing this as the trailers didn't make it look like one of the best animated films ever made but my mum said she thought it was brilliant so I changed my mind and decided to see it. And I was so glad that I did as it was an absolutely brilliant film.
The animation was all so good. The Vikings looked exactly as you would imagine them to be - big burly men with long brown beards, gruff Irish voices and all sporting the trade mark helmet with horns on top of their heads. Gerard Butler was a very good choice for the main adult character with his very deep and rough Irish accent, although I did find it quite difficult to relate his ruggedly good looks with the big bearded man I was seeing on screen!
The dragons were also great looking with each one being completely different in appearance. There were dragons with two heads, long necks, short and stumpy bodies, spiky backs, sharp and gleaming teeth, all ranging in size from as small as a kitten to as big as a dinosaur and each one being a different colour and shape. When they were trying to fight the humans they looked vicious and mean, breathing fire and baring their teeth, but when they realised that the humans weren't going to hurt them, they seemed to turn into giant friendly cats, rolling around on the floor and enjoying having their backs scratched. Toothless, the main dragon who Hiccup befriends, is supposed to be the scariest dragon of them all, yet he looks so lovely and friendly and will do anything to protect his new human companion.
There was a lot of action and adventure in the film and this was made so exciting by the great animation. The fighting scenes between humans and dragons and even just between the dragons was brilliant and so easy to get into. But the best animation by far was when the dragons took off into the air, especially when Hiccup was flying on Toothless. It all looked so real and it actually felt like you were up there with them and seeing everything from their perspective - and I didn't even see it in 3D! I thought the flying scenes were so much better and more exciting even than the flying scenes in Avatar.
I thought this was such a great film and enjoyable for both children and adults who will both love the storyline, comedy, animation and adventure in it. I'm so glad that I didn't miss out on seeing this as it really was an excellent film.
Certificate rating: PG
Running time: 98 minutes
Director: Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders
Summary: A brilliant animated film for everyone