Dragon Hunters 2008

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Zoe is a little girl who believes in fairy tales. In order to help her uncle Lord Arnold get rid of a terrible dragon, Zoe decides she has to find some heroes. When she meets Gwizdo and Lian-Chu, a couple of two-bit, fly-by-night dragon hunters, she decides that she s going to believe in them and set out on an adventure to bring peace to the land.

Starring:
Mary Matilyn Mouser, Vincent Lindon
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature parental_guidance
Runtime 1 hour 16 minutes
Starring Mary Matilyn Mouser, Vincent Lindon, Forest Whitaker, Marie Drion, Philippe Nahon, Patrick Timsit, Jeremy Prevost, Amanda Lear
Director Arthur Qwak, Guillaume Ivernel
Studio ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 11 October 2010
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Ferry on 15 April 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Hey,

This is really a great not so famous animation movie!!!
But it really can match with a Pixar or Dreamworks animation movie.

A fantastic bright coloured flowting fantasy world where dragons are a pest.
So ofcourse there are Dragon hunters that try to earn much money for catching them.
And the best team for that are Gwizdo (really funny character, With the great funny voice of Rob Paulsen)
And Lian-Chu (voiced by Forest Whitaker), Joined by a small girl Zoe,
And the funny blue coloured, fire bomb peeing dog Hector.
They have to catch the biggest and most famous dragon of all, ...the World eater.

The story is good, ...And the HD video images and HD sound are even better!!!

So if you like animated movies, This one you really must buy,
You are really gonna like it ;)
(it's Region free)
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kiwi on 22 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
This film is great!!I don't know what drugs the creators were on when the made it but I want some. The thought process behind the 'world' in this movie are amazing. The animation is wonderful, the ideas are MAD, the the scenery is amazing. I have watched this numerous times and, the story aside, I sit enthralled each time.
Saying that the story is also great. The main characters are an odd bunch but they fit together perfectly. The fact that the main child is a girl is a lovely twist when it would have been a lot more traditional in this kind of story to have a boy.

This movie has everything. It is fabulous visually, there are dragons, scary creatures, cute sidekicks, a hero, subtle humour, knights, an evil uncle, a lovely uncle.... a truely great DVD.

My only comment would be to be alert when watching this with any young sensitive young children. My three year old wasn't scared but that is because he is going through a 'brave big boy' stage. Three months ago he would have been hiding behind the sofa when the dragons came on!

Would highly reccomend this movie for adults and children alike!!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sheridan on 8 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
The Dragon Hunters is a relatively unknown animated film of French origin - though here overdubbed in English - and it owes a lot to that country's wider appreciation of the comic strip: whereas in the UK only Tintin and Asterix have gained universal endorsement, huge swathes of the French treat them as a distinct art form. Many of those artistic merits are on show in this film: gorgeous artwork, full of imagination, humour and thought, with great use of light; interesting characters who are as fully developed - complete with ambitions and a backstory - as the original, Chinese-inspired world they live in; and a slightly grown-up aspect to what at first feels like should be strictly for children.
It is this last aspect that makes the film sit awkwardly between two posts: the plot - a quest to the end of the world to defeat a monstrous dragon - is so basic and simple to accomplish it is distinctly childish, but the characters are too complex for the same young child to fully appreciate until they are older; the world they inhabit is head-scratchingly strange, and better just accepted than questioned, as there are few answers offered, even in the DVD extras. The final action scene is scary enough that they may never want to see how the film finished. Certainly having seen it once, the second time around my children themselves turned the film off when it began to reach the scary bit at the end because they knew what was coming... Bless.
Overall as a film this was disappointing; the film had great potential that its plot failed to live up to; but it does have some great ideas and fun, interesting concepts which could have been developed into a stronger story. It is a case of the journey being far better than the destination, and its many merits still make it a curiosity, though not perhaps for younger viewers, unless they won't see the end, or are very brave.
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Format: DVD
All great fan of Disney, Pixar, Dreamwork and other American cartoon makers as I am, I still loved this French-made outsider! Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS.

The French were never very good at Sci-fi or fantasy films, but this rule mostly doesn't apply to child oriented cartoons. "The mysterious cities of gold", "Ulysses 31", "Spartakus and the sun beneath the sea" and the most recent of them "Dragon Hunters" are all excellent, original and very well made things.

"Dragon hunters" the movie is based on highly succesful French-made TV series, but it can be watched and fully understood separately. It tells the story of three "dragon hunters" who are hired by a rich young girl, Zoe, to destroy the most ferocious of all dragons - the abominable World Gobbler, who resides at the end of the world, but raides, burns, kills and devours everywhere where it fancies to go. Of all the three "dragon hunters" only one, a huge man named Lian-Chu, does the actual dragon killing. Gwizdo, a fast talking street wise short guy, is mostly Lian-Chu's "agent" - and also his best friend. The third member of the team is their pet dog-sized dragon named Hector.

The great quality of this film resides first in the visual aspect. The world of "Dragon Hunters" doesn't look like ours - it is made of floating islands, some huge, some tiny, connected by all kinds of bridges. Occasionally also some buildings or other features of this world degrade, fall in pieces and are carried away by the winds...

Lian-Chu, who is described as a typical "gentle giant", is another treasure of this film. He is now a grown up man, but in his childhood he was once grievously wronged and his heart never healed.
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