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How to Train Your Dragon
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Directed By
Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

Written By:
Dean DeBlois, Adam F. Goldberg, Chris Sanders, Peter Tolan, Cressida Cowell

Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig, T.J. Miller, Robin Atkin Downes, Kieron Elliott

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How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
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Movie Review by Zara
April 18th, 2010

First of all, A+ for doing the right job at picking voice actors for this movie, since one of my biggest complaints with animated movies recently is that they pick whomever will bring in the most people based on their name on the marquee, whereas this movie picked some good names (everyone from geeky Jay Baruchel as the unpopular son of the big thick Viking voiced wonderfully with his natural Scottish accent by Gerard Butler to a Viking young babe who is strong and stands up for herself voiced by the Hispanic America Ferrera, a move I loved) but the people were still able to add to the story rather than detract from the fact that it doesn't have one.

And as for that, this movie actually HAS a story and a rather good one. Most of the animated movies are littered with a bunch of quippy catchphrases but have very little meat to the core of their story. This has one of the more original thoughts in animation recently (that hasn't come out of the Pixar brain trust) with a great story, interesting characters, a great big helping of heart and an ending which doesn't feel forced to be happy just for the sake of keeping the kiddos from crying. This movie dares to be a little bit frightening for kids as well as dares to hurt their feelings by creating a dragon character that they like and then threatening its life, something that most movies directed at families have avoided recently. Whatever happened to the idea that it was OK for kids to cry over the thought that someone they grew to care about could die? (Think about E.T. I bawled over it when I was a kid, which made the whole movie that much more vindicating by the end.)

I love that while the dragons are given body structures which are supposed to make you feel as if they're like big puppy dogs, in reality, their behaviours are more cat-like. Toothless has the same eyes as my cat and takes his time getting around to trusting the hapless Viking teen who wounds and then saves him. But cat people know that cats CAN be this loyal and that it isn't a patent to pet-hood that dogs have the monopoly on. The grass, the scratching of the heads, etc etc... the dragons are cats. It's fantastic.

WAY better than I had any concept of it being, and we watched it in 2-D, which proves that the movie loses absolutely nothing in its story, you are just out more money have have fancier graphics if you watch the 3-D. The 2-D is just fine. Don't cave to the pressure, kill out the trend and stick to 2-D.

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