DreamWorks Animation, Mad Hatter Entertainment, Mad Hatter Films

Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Robin Atkin Downes, David Tennant

On the Island of Berk, the young Viking, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) wants to join his town’s fight against the dragons that continually raid their town. Hiccup is a Viking and Vikings kill dragons. However, his macho father and village leader, Stoik the Vast (Gerrard Butler) , will not allow his small, clumsy, son to do so. Hiccup is an inventor not really a fighter, but regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but when he tracks down the injured, very dangerous Night Fury, he can’t bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he dubs Toothless, begin a friendship that teaches him that dragons only defend themselves. Toothless teaches him that dragons have problems of their own and only fight humans because they are hunted and slaughtered by people. But now that he knows this, can he convince his “dragon killing teacher and class”, let alone the rest of the village. But most of all, will his father ever believe him?

I am now officially the last person in America to see this film. I rented it via Netflix’s “Very Long Wait” program. That’s where if the movie is any good, and if you don’t get it on the day it is released, it will go into indefinite “Very long wait” for 6-8 months. So yeah, I should have visited Redbox, or gone to any of my kid’s house to see it, but I decided to wait until Netflix got around to sending it to me. It was worth the wait.

This was an animated film that I’m pretty sure everyone is aware of by now, but it’s one of the best Dreamworks animated film since the original Shrek! The characters are very good and believable. The animation is crisp and clear, and the story is very good. Hiccup is a great kid. He’s dorky, and not very buff for a Viking, but at the same time he’s got a big heart and is a really good guy.

The dragons are funny and each one has its own special characteristics. The story is somewhat predictable and has been done before, but it’s still interesting and unique in many ways. I really enjoyed it, and I recommend it for the kids and for families wanting to watch something together. Nicely done.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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