How to Train Your Dragon

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Released 2010

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Director:
Chris Sanders (III) , Dean DeBlois
Released:
2010
Rating:
PG
How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 3D computer-animated fantasy film from DreamWorks Animation, based on the 2003 book of the same name. Dragons plague the Viking island of Berk, stealing the villagers' livestock and burning their homes. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (voice of Jay Baruchel) is a scrawny teenage boy with a knack for invention and an aspiration to become a successful dragon slayer. Not only would that prove his worth, but it would also impress the competitive, and cute, Astrid Hofferson (America Ferrera). But when Hiccup succeeds in catching his first dragon, and the most dangerous one in the area at that, something strange happens: he doesn't want to kill it! Hiccup feels bad for the dragon and decides to take care of it instead, naming it Toothless and befriending it. It turns out that the dragons aren't just the victimizers: they are being victimized by a bigger dragon who threatens to eat them if they do not do as he wants. Can they work together to make a happy ending for everyone? How to Train Your Dragon was both a critical and ocmmercial success.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The reason it deserves to be seen in a theater with special glasses on, rather than slapped on the DVD player when the children are acting up -- lies in those airborne sequences.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    There are times the action lags, and when the dialogue falls back on pop cultural references it feels contrived and forced but, mostly, like the mythical creatures at the heart of ...

  • 80

    Variety

    A thrilling drama interspersed with amusing comedic elements (rather than the other way around).

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animal antics, facing danger, rebellious youth, inspiring stories, outcasts