How to Train Your Dragon: Raging Beasts that Just Want to be Loved
|"How to Train Your Dragon" (2010).|
A small, awkward and clumsy young Viking living on the island of Berk, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (Jay Baruchel), watches his town being attacked by flying dragons and wants to help out. However, his father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), who runs the town, is afraid that he will get hurt, and will not permit his son to risk his life in battle.
Hiccup wants to help anyway. He is clever, so he invents a device that will capture one of the dragons. He manages to get a mysterious Night Fury dragon and is ready to kill it to prove himself to his father. However, he can't bring himself to do it. Instead, he starts talking to the creature, who he dubs "Toothless." The dragons are not voiced by people - instead, their voices are created using sounds of various animals.
They become friends, and Hiccup learns a great deal about the dragons. It turns out that the war between the Vikings and the dragons may not be necessary at all. He is surprised to learn the real motivations of the dragons. Convincing the townspeople, especially his father, to make love and not war will prove to be very difficult.
There is unavoidable violence in this film, but it should not be too much for even younger children to handle. It is in Technicolor 3D, which adds to the flying sequences and is relatively unobtrusive. The pacing by directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders keep things moving along nicely.
Unlike so many animated films these days, the voice actors are not such huge celebrities as to call attention to themselves (Craig Ferguson plays the village blacksmith, and he has the only recognizable voice in the cast besides Butler). This allows you to focus on the story and the characters, rather than whether, say, Jennifer Aniston or George Clooney are making some kind of inside joke about themselves.
|They sure are scary looking.|
|'How to Train Your Dragon' has evolved into arena spectaculars and other venues.|
Below is the trailer for "How to Train Your Dragon."