how to train your dragon – stepping up the animated game

How To Train Your Dragon is about a Viking kingdom and the leader’s not to viking-like son. In the war waged against the dragons on this isle he learns to find his place in a world he can’t physically keep up with.  What a great movie.  From the moment I saw the trailer I knew this was going to be a good one.

The good; oh it’s all good.  The animation is typical cartoony.  But the story… oh the story is what makes this movie.  It’s about the underdog rising and gaining the “elixir” that not only redeems himself but the whole of his people.  To go in to this further would take away from the movie going experience.  I’m glad Dreamworks cranked out an amazing animated feature, rather than the fodder that’s been going around.

The main character is very developed and thought out. This young not so viking, viking boy wants to live up to his father’s expectations, but he’s more of the thinker than a muscle do-er, as the others in his village are.  The village has a on-going battle with the dragons that come to take away their livestock and stuff.  In the midst of a battle, our young hero (Hiccup) creates this crossbow like thing and takes down the dragon type that no one has encountered and live to tell about it.  In the course of this achievement he now discovers that dragons aren’t the enemy that this people thought they were.

The bad; ummm, I can’t really complain.  Except my usual complaint about animated features these days.  The voice actors are all live action actors, and it takes away from a specific group of people who are in fact voice actors.  Where do those people go to get jobs?

Overall, such a delight.  Let’s have more like How To Train Your Dragon, please. It was nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score in 2011. The film also won ten Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature.  Go own it on DVD.

Fade out-
Eugene

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