Two time Oscar nominated ‘How To Train Your Dragon’, is one of Dreamworks latest blockbuster films. The film takes places in a mythical Viking world where Dragons are the pests and Vikings have been born and raised, since forever, to defend their homes and slay the beasts. The main character called Hiccup (who is voiced by Jay Burachel) isn’t a typical Viking, he’s a puny young man without the strength or bravery of his father and friends.
There are many different Dragons in different shapes and sizes, each with different dangerous traits, but there is one Dragon they’ve never seen or been able to catch, the ‘Night Fury’. That is, until Hiccup accidentally fires a rope net at an incoming Night Fury, and somehow manages a direct hit.
Hiccups father Stoick (who is voiced by Gerard Butler) knows his son is different, but finds it hard to accept that he will never be a true Viking. Later the following day, Hiccup finds a dragon in the forest tied up, the sight of it automatically makes him hide away, but soon realises the Dragon is helpless, and that it is in fact the Night Fury he thought he may of caught. Hiccup discovers that Night Fury’s are not a hostile breed of Dragon once thought.
The end of the story in a nut shell: Hiccup and ‘Toothless’ the Night Fury end up saving the Viking clan from a humongous dragon from Dragon Island out at sea, and live in union with them. It’s a little bit cliché and cutesy, but what else would you expect.
It’s a great animated film, not one of my favourites, and not a hugely funny one, but one of Dreamworks’ strongest, most interesting and original in years. There are other characters, Astrid (who is voiced by America Ferrara) who plays Hiccup’s girl friend, and Jonah Hill who voices a brawny young guy also in the training squad.
The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score at the 83rd Academy Awards. How To Train Your Dragon 2 is set for release in 2013.