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5.0 out of 5 stars How to [Entertain] Your Dragon, 9 April 2010
This review is from: How To Train Your Dragon [DVD] (DVD)
The release of this film had my expectations running quite high, given the pedigree of recent films from Dreamworks, which had set the standard. 'How to Train Your Dragon' definitely rose to the challenge, with flawless animation and great depth of field if you see it in 3D at the cinema. The characters are well developed though portrayed quite simply, but this is all thats needed. I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and would recommend it to anyone (no kids required) who enjoys their Dreamworks films for the quality of animations, reality of characters and high level of entertainment, with a teaspoon of cuteness added for good measure.

A previous reviewer critisised the film's lack of plot, and while I can agree on it being predictable it certinately wasn't boring. There are some great comedy moments, especially when Hiccup is getting to know Toothless, the Nightfury dragon (who bears an uncanny resemblence to Disney's Stitch (Lilo And Stitch). The temprement of the Dragon is so endeering you really feel involved in its development, and the depth of character of both protagonist and 'pet' is astounding. Both Hiccup and Toothless are embarking on the same journey, breaking free from their stereotypical cultural behaviour (Hiccup's Viking urge to kill dragons, and Toothless's dragon urge to kill humans). Its a film about unfamiliar cultural perceptions, and overcoming these on a route to something better, and both Hiccup and Toothless achieve this through 'being true to themselves', if I'm allowed that cutsie ideological statement.

All in all, a very entertaining couple of hours, and easily comparable to the likes of Madagascar. Dreamworks does it again!

And the Scottish actor's voice you can't quite recognise.....? David Tennent :-)
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2010 22:47:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 5 Jun 2010 22:48:54 BDT
J. A. Quayle says:
Actually it's not David Tennant.

It's Gerard Butler

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2010 15:25:28 BDT
E. Ward says:
David Tennant is the voice of one of the characters, though not as major a part as Gerard Butler's one, Stoick.
Tennant's character was Spitelout, the one with less beard :-)

Posted on 1 Oct 2010 10:10:06 BDT
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Posted on 13 Oct 2010 10:39:39 BDT
Actually, Toothless and Stitch were designed by the same artist - Chris Sanders. So yes, they do look similar :)

Posted on 27 Oct 2010 21:03:30 BDT
or in this instance, to provide spoilers?

Your review is good but you wrote a huge plot twist spoiler into it.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2010 12:07:36 GMT
Le Blaireau says:
A little unfair to criticise a reviewer for not having seen the DVD / Blu-Ray - rather blame Amazon for not allowing reviewers to distinguish between different formats. Particularly when they lump reviews in the DVD and Blu-Ray sections together. It would be far better if there was some kind of check box where a reviewer could indicate whether (s)he's reviewing the movie, the DVD or the Blu-Ray, then those who are interested in any of these can filter their reading to the appropriate section. It could even allow someone to check a box saying "this post contains spoilers"......

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Nov 2010 18:45:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Nov 2010 18:48:24 GMT
Gods forbid someone mention the blu-ray or dvd in their review Leblaireau. I just hate it that one can review the film before it is even released on blu/dvd. Sure Amazon is to blame, but I still find it sad that people come here and write reviews after watching it in the cinema. Sadly, a lot of top reviewers milk that system. I still refuse to review films which have not been released, something which, despicably, Amazon allows.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2010 00:05:00 GMT
E. Ward says:
Whats wrong with reviewing the film? When we review music, do we say the disc is shiny, or that the content is good/bad?
Surely all reviews will be the same. "Well, its disc shaped and came in a plastic box. There's a film on the disc, but we can't talk about that, and some extras that a lot of people don't bother watching. I'm quite pleased with my disc, and the way it slots into the DVD/Blu-ray player is especially satisfying. Top marks."

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2010 00:08:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Nov 2010 00:08:28 GMT
E. Ward says:
L. Bradley - I hadn't thought of it in that way; have removed the offending line :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2011 22:37:25 BDT
Ticked Off says:
For me, the voice not quite recognised was Craig Ferguson as Gobber. Had to wait for the end credits to work that one out. A wonderful film that made this 50 YO LOL more than once and wipe away the odd tear, too. The characters are engaging and the relationship between Toothless and Hiccup endearing. Beautifully done all round.
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