Monday, November 29, 2010

Movie: How To Train Your Dragon

DeBlois, D. (Director) & Sanders, C. (Director). (2010). How to train your dragon [DVD]. United States: Paramount.

Plot: A Viking boy named Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is at the age where he is supposed to leave his boyhood behind. On the Isle of Berk, where the Vikings live, is where this story takes place – the town is plagued by dragons on a daily basis and all able members of the town are expected to fight. Hiccup is a little different though… he doesn't want to fight, he'd rather invent things. During one of the dragon attacks, Hiccup manages to down the mysterious Night Fury dragon – when it comes time to kill the dragon, he can't make himself do it. Hiccup names the dragon Toothless and begins working to restore its ability to fly. The two become friends and work to teach everyone about acceptance of dragons. 

Genre: Animated, Comedy, Family Movie

Interest Level: Tween (PG Rating)

Similar Titles: How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell, The Incredibles, Scooby Doo

Personal Thoughts: I thought this movie was cute. The movie version of Cressida Cowell's book was very well done. I thought the quality of the movie's animation was excellent – the action scenes were cleverly done and the dragons looked like you'd imagine dragons were supposed look/move. I thought the storyline was cute and I think that both boys and girls will enjoy this movie.

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