A winning mixture of adventure, slapstick comedy, and friendship, How to Train Your Dragon
rivals Kung Fu Panda
as the most engaging and satisfying film DreamWorks Animation has produced. Hiccup (voice by Jay Baruchel) is a failure as a Viking: skinny, inquisitive, and inventive, he asks questions and tries out unsuccessful contraptions when he's supposed to be fighting the dragons that attack his village. His father, chief Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), has pretty much given up on his teenage son and apprenticed him to blacksmith Gobber (Craig Ferguson). Worse, Hiccup knows the village loser hasn't a chance of impressing Astrid (America Ferrera), the girl of his dreams and a formidable dragon fighter in her own right. When one of Hiccup's inventions actually works, he hasn't the heart to kill the young dragon he's brought down. He names it Toothless and befriends it, although he's been taught to fear and loathe dragons. Codirectors and cowriters Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, who made Disney's delightful Lilo and Stitch
, provide plenty of action, including vertiginous flying sequences, but they balance the pyrotechnics with moments of genuine warmth that make the viewer root for Hiccup's success. Many DreamWorks films get laughs from sitcom one-liners and topical pop culture references; as the humor in Dragon
comes from the characters' personalities, it feels less timely and more timeless. Toothless chases the spot of sunlight reflected off Hiccup's hammer like a giant cat with a laser pointer; Hiccup uses his newly found knowledge (and an icky smoked eel) to defeat two small dragons--and impress the other kids. How to Train Your Dragon
will be just as enjoyable 10 or 20 years from now as it is today. (Rated PG: suitable for ages 8 and older, violence, some intense action and scary dragons) --Charles Solomon
A winner with fans and critics alike, DreamWorks Animation's HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON delivers "thrilling action adventure" (Claudia Puig, USA Today) in a timeless movie that's also "funny and touching" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). Toothless and Hiccup - unlikely friends and heroes - lead dragons and Vikings to unite in the ultimate battle for survival. "DreamWorks has topped itself" (Pete Hammond, Box Office Magazine) with visually stunning animation, an outstanding cast and a wonderful original story. DRAGONS is sure to delight as "a great adventure for all ages!" (Ben Lyons, E!).
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