How to Train Your Dragon

  • PG
  • Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders (2) (2010)
  • US
  • 93 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Cressida Cowell's successful children's book gets an exciting animated adaptation here from co-writers/directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch). Teenager Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) belongs to a belligerent Viking tribe that sees dragons as their mortal enemy. But Hiccup is a secret dragon-whisperer and when he helps, rather than kills, a wounded Night Fury dragon nicknamed Toothless, he sets a new course for his family and friends. The film's constantly amusing script boasts plenty of strong characters (including Hiccup's father, Stoick, voiced by Gerard Butler), is poignant where it counts - Hiccup and Toothless getting to know each other - and is consistently cute, clever and touching. But where this highly appealing comedy adventure really excels is with awesome visuals that rival Avatar's. The flying sequences, such as a dazzling trip through the Northern Lights, are stunning and the battles are equally spectacular - although some younger viewers might find them rather too scary.

Plot Summary

Animated adventure featuring the voices of Jay Baruchel and Gerard Butler. A teenage Viking boy forms a special bond with a dragon - much to the consternation of the members of his tribe who regard the beasts as mortal enemies.

Cast and crew

Cast

Hiccup
Jay Baruchel
Stoick
Gerard Butler
Astrid
America Ferrera
Gobber
Craig Ferguson
Snotlout
Jonah Hill
Fishlegs
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Ruffnut
Kristen Wiig
Tuffnut
T J Miller

Crew

Director
Dean DeBlois
Director
Chris Sanders (2)

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Paramount
3D
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 26 Mar 2010
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Showbox Media Group
Categories
Comedy
Childrens
Drama