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How to Train Your Dragon

  • 2010
  • PG
  • 98min
  • 98%
  • 8.1 / 10

The movie is about a young Viking boy named Hiccup. His clan of Vikings lives in a world inhabited by dangerous dragons that attack their village, and so they must find ways to fend off the attackers and secure their way of life. Hiccup, being too weak to fight himself, is a genius engineer of mechanical devices which he uses against the dragons to capture and deter them. In doing so, he befriends a wounded dragon, which he names Toothless. Together, Hiccup and Toothless must get to the bottom of why the dragons are so relentlessly attacking the village, and Hiccup must prove to his fellow villagers that the dragons can be trained and taught, serving as valuable allies, rather than bloodthirsty enemies to be feared. The movie also delves into Hiccup's relationship with his father, the leader of their Viking clan, as well as his crush on Astrid, a girl with whom he trains to combat the dragons.

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However fantastical, art of this nature still has real-life inspirations. For author Cressida Cowell, the world that she built in the How to Train Your Dragon book series was inspired by the small island that was owned by her father. As for the dragons, Simon Otto, Head of Character Animation for the series, was inspired by many a different thing when creating the creatures – from animals to insects and even vehicles and weapons. One was Meatlug – a combination of a pit-bull, crocodile, a Harley-Davidson and a helicopter. More complicated was Skullcrusher who was made up of character references from a rhino, a truffle pig, a dung beetle, a jackhammer, and a battleaxe.

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How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 computer-animated fantasy movie based upon the children's book series of the same name, from author Cressida Cowell. The movie is produced by Dreamworks and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It stars the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, and America Ferrera.