photo sourced from movie.sanook.com | credit to DreamWorks
How to Train Your Dragon is hands down one of my favourite animated films of all time. It completely took me by surprise just how much I loved/love it and, to date, it’s one of the best films (next to Batman Returns and Inception) that I have ever seen at an IMAX cinema.
Starring America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig and David Tennant, this impressive cast is just the tip of what makes it such an exciting franchise. The first film was released in 2010; and it gradually turned into a sleeper hit – now its a franchise with a second film out next year and a third and ‘final’ film tipped to be made in the next 5 years.
P.S. it’s not a Pixar film, it’s DreamWorks (Say what?A successful, funny animated film that isn’t Shrek?)
The story has heart, the characters are endearing, genuinely funny (Jonah Hill’s Snotlout is one of his best roles, and he only has like 10 lines throughout) and carry the depth most hollywood live action scripts would kill for. All in all it’s just a great family film – oh, and the score (John Powell) is beautiful.
Based loosely on the children’s book by Brit author Cressida Cowell, How To Train Your Dragon tells the story of teenage outsider Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. In the film adaptation he is voiced by the excellently dry-humoured Jay Baruchel, making this one of the best and on point depictions of Teenager I’ve ever seen in a cartoon. We follow Hiccup trying to adjust under the heavy shadow of his Chieftain Viking warrior father; awkward, geeky, preferring his own contraptions over slaying the towns vowed mortal enemy – dragons.
When he does come upon one, he names it Toothless – ultimately because its harmless; after sneaking around and observing his new friend, it becomes obvious to Hiccup that Dragons aren’t all that bad, thus becoming a sort of Dragon whisperer. Soon he has the whole village convinced that he is a fearless Dragon Slayer.
Go watch it for the rest of the story – it’s truly worth it; right now, all you need to know is that there’s a second film and that I can’t wait (2014?!?)…