I know what you?re thinking; another mass produced meaningless Hollywood CGI movie, made on a tight budget and released to coincide with a TV show and a line of action figures. I thought the same thing, in fact I had not even heard of How to Train Your Dragon until a few days before its premier. I?m very glad that I did not pass this one by; it is not a film to miss.
A small Viking village sits on an island in the middle of the sea; this village has a serious dragon problem. The pests raid the tiny village, destroying houses and steeling livestock. A young Viking by the name of Hiccup who not only has the unfortunate name of Hiccup but is of an abnormally small stature for his clan, he is relegated to fetch work, to small and weak to assist in the defense of his home.
Hiccup desires to be like his heroic father, and uses his knowledge of machinery to construct a device to capture a dragon. His invention succeeds but when it comes time to strike the killing blow, proving himself to his clan, he hesitates, unable to murder the creature. Instead he befriends the crippled dragon in secret, learning that these great enemies are not what they have been made out to be.
The Computer Animation is of the highest quality, impressively rendering the massive hairy beards and fur coats of the Viking warriors. Seriously some of the most impressive technically and colorful CGI I have ever witnessed. The many battle scenes and the wonderful character animations are extremely impressive. A vibrate technical achievement.
Very well done voice acting, by a well-rounded attractive cast, of particular note was Gerard Butler as Stoick the Vast; the perfectly voiced, gruff but affable Viking chieftain, and Craig Ferguson as the hilarious Gobber the Belch; a drill sergeant, constantly dispensing bad advice and witty remarks.
The team at DreamWorks Animation and directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders have crafted a great movie, a technical showpiece and filled with wonderful fantasy storytelling. I loved this film; I loved the delightful characters, the funny dialog, and their electrifying exploits.
It exemplifies everything I love about animated films; it frees the filmmaker from the logistics of live action, no though of sets or cameras, the only thing holding them back is imagination. How to Train Your Dragon is not only among the best of animated films, it is one of the best pure fantasy movies in memory; an enchanting, lighthearted adventure.
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