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How to Train Your Dragon

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Dean Deblois & Chris Sanders

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About the Movie

This Academy Award®-nominated DreamWorks Animation film rolls fire-breathing action, epic adventure and big laughs into a captivating, fun and original story. Hiccup is a young Viking who defies tradition and befriends one of his deadliest foes – a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless. Together, the unlikely heroes fight against the odds to save both their worlds in this wonderful, feel-good hit.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

TOMATOMETER

98%
  • Reviews Counted: 201
  • Fresh: 197
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It's a foolproof scheme for picture making: take the plot elements of favorite movies, paint the concoction with bright colors so it looks like the zazziest customized car, set it running at NASCAR speed, and you have How to Train Your Dragon. – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine, Dec 8, 2014

Fresh: Toothless has the one precious ingredient that's missing from so many of Hollywood's contemporary animated characters: an air of mystery. – Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com, Nov 19, 2013

Fresh: Smartly dispensing with the usual hubbub of pop references that dot many of these films, the movie offers touching, quiet moments and imaginative, high-flying beauty. It's fantastically entertaining. – Bruce Diones, New Yorker, Nov 19, 2013

Fresh: Technically proficient and featuring a witty, intelligent, surprisingly insightful script, How to Train Your Dragon comes close to the level of Pixar's recent output while easily exceeding the juvenilia Dreamworks has released in the last nine years. – James Berardinelli, ReelViews, Sep 6, 2011

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Customer Reviews

I was wrong...

I'm 21, and work in the auto industry, consider that when I write about this movie.

Thought this was going to be some other "shrek" or kids movie. Figured I would watch it for the hell of it. I mean it was a flat 5/5 starts on ratings. Have never seen that before, and the highest "tomato" score I have ever seen of 98%

So here I am, watching this movie 4 years after it came out. Boy was I wrong.

It's perfect. Nothing is better. The story is flawless. The animation is perfect. The soundtrack made my eyes water with the perfection of it's composition with the picture.
Where have I been?

Hands down, the best animated picture of all time. Frozen pales in comparison.

If you haven't watched this movie before, DROP EVERYTHING and buy the movie. If you saw it a million times, STILL buy it.

Just to be honest, I feel like Berk is supposed to represent heaven. And man, I really got to get me to heaven now if it is anything like Berk.

I could praise it forever and never give this movie the credit it deserves. A stunning combination of mystery, reversal, beautiful animation, and an all-star voice cast. The plot is great, the music is powerful, moving, and at times, poignant. The humor is great, especially during Toothless' training.

This movie blew me away when I saw it, and after I let it boil for awhile, it came back with an aftershock WAY stronger than the initial awe. I found myself yearning with all my heart and soul to have my very own dragon, and have since become a staunch fan of this movie.

The music takes too long to describe, read reviews for the soundtrack for a description of it.

The characters themselves are great, and I could think of no more perfect posse than was brought together in this movie. Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot of character development for Snotlout, Ruffnut and Tuffnut. Neither is there much for Fishlegs, but I could live without him.

The dragons themselves reflect personality types in a way, and also are meant to catch your eye in such a way as to determine "THAT is the dragon I want if ever I am to get a dragon." The music perfectly matches the atmosphere which the dragons create, making a glorious experience in all.

For anyone who naively yells, "BUT FROZEN WAS SO MUCH BETTER!" I ask you this. Have any of you noticed the stunning lack of originality in Frozen? Such as the songs "When Will My Life Begin?" from Tangled And "For the First Time in Forever".
Let us not forget that Anna/Elsa and Rapunzel from Tangled look like the same person except with different colors and slightly touched up faces.
Also, make sure you notice how the majority of both Frozen and Tangled revolves around a forbidden trip to a castle in which the main character seeks to reunite her family. And the fact that each finds an attractive male guide that they happen to fall in love with and marry.
All in all, Frozen is just a money grab copy of Tangled targeted at 11 year old girls who lack the discretion to realize how desperately lacking Frozen is in originality.

HOWEVER. How to Train Your Dragon is very original. Sure, there have been peace-oriented movies. Sure, Eragon contained dragon riding. But How to Train Your Dragon climbs on top of giants' shoulders and spreads a new, never-before-seen light on them. In my mind, there is no better movie than How to Train Your Dragon, whether we are talking Claymation, real cast, animation, illustrated, anything. An absolutely gorgeous must-see movie for the whole family.

Surprising!

I remember when this movie came out and I saw it in theaters. I left the theater being surprised at how much I enjoyed the movie. The main character is the usual outcast but he's smart and witty, the love interest is tough, the father didn't really grow on me but he's ok in the end, and the jokes are really funny. The final battle and ending is awesome! I'd say go and watch it.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2010

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Available Bundle

  1. DreamWorks Animation Collection, 20th Century Fox Film
  2. How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2 Double Feature, 20th Century Fox Film