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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON

From the studio that brought you "Shrek," "Madagascar" and "Kung Fu Panda" comes "How to Train Your Dragon" - a comedy adventure set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, based on the book by Cressida Cowell. The story centers around a Viking teenager named Hiccup, who lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teen`s smarts and offbeat sense of humor don`t sit too well with his tribe or its chief, who happens to be Hiccup`s father. However, when Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other Viking teens, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. But when he encounters (and ultimately befriends) an injured dragon, his world is flipped upside down, and what started out as Hiccup`s one shot to prove himself turns into an opportunity to set a new course for the future of the entire tribe.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: U
Release Date: 25 Mar 2010
Genre: Fantasy / Animation
Running Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Director: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: “Monsters vs. Aliens”, "Eragon", "Dragonheart"

It was nearly six years ago when the 2003 book series of "How To Train Your Dragon" by British author Cressida Cowell came to the attention of DreamWorks Animation. And through the hard years of development, it proved to be worth every blood, sweat and tears!

Marking as their second InTru 3D Movie after "Monsters vs. Aliens", it showcased real action-adventure with great characters, making it a surprisingly thrilling animation despite the drab trailer. From the "Lilo and Stitch" directors, we are taken to the island of Berk in Scotland, where the rite of passage for every Viking is to go out and kill a dragon - definitely an occupational hazard. Our hero is a scrawny kid named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) who tries to slay dragons whenever these 'pests' raid their village, but always ends up disliked by his tribe and chief, Hiccup's father, Stoick the Vast (perfectly voiced by the growling Gerard Butler) as he never fails to screw up.

One day, he stumbles across a Night Fury, a black creature and the rarest of all dragons, in which he successfully caught using a bolas-shooting cannon the night before. From there, we see a dragon turned from pest to pet, named Toothless. While taking care of it, Hiccup goes through Dragon Training with the other viking teens - Astrid (America Ferrera), Snotlout (Jonah Hill), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and twins Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) and Tuffnut (T.J. Miller) - and amazing tricks take place as he learns a thing or two on how to train a dragon.

In Cressida Cowell's original book, the dragons could speak and had their own language. However, animators removed that feature wanting them to be more animal-like with nonverbal communications, which in turn pulled off great facial expression to exude different personalities within each dragon. Somehow, you can't help but to want a dragon of your own when seeing how adorable they are. We are also given an idea of how extensive these creatures are when Hiccup leafs through the Dragon Handbook, where literally page after page is filled with a myriad of dragons. Needless to say, the animation is remarkably detailed and the sceneries are breathtaking, especially during the dragon's lair.

From the start, the film has always been envisioned as a 3D movie and proves just that as we are given the feeling that we are with Hiccup, at his side and on his dragon. The best part was particularly during high-flying dragon rides.

Hiccup is a great lead character who has an offbeat sense of humour, which thankfully instead of seeking his dad's attention or the town's acceptance, he toughens himself up and creates a sense of comedy as a means of defence. Apart from that, the adults actors are oddly enough the ones with thick Scottish accents, while the teens keep to their American slang.

Overall, the movie has got adventure, humour and heart. You won't want to miss this.

Cinema Online, 16 March 2010
   
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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