How to Train Your Dragon
Release year: 2010
Director: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Screenwriter: William Davies, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders, Cressida Cowell (based on the book by)
Starring (voices): Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, Graig Ferguson, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kirsten Wiig
Ratings: 2 Oscar nominations: Best Animation, Best Original Score
Hiccup (Baruchel) is the son of the leader (Butler) of a village where he never feels he can live up to the expectations of his father. The village is constantly attacked by dragons and the greatest warrior is the one who can kill most of them, something Hiccup has never managed to do. When he shots down the mysterious Night Fury dragon he has a chance to become the hero of the village but instead he starts bonding with the dangerous creature.
Dreamworks How to Train Your Dragon franchise is arguable one of the best, if not the best, from the company (after all, they made Shrek), but it is without doubt the most visually beautiful. The fiery dragons, the vast ocean and the flights over the sparkling water. This is top-notch animation. But on top of that, it is a wonderful story full of family, action, growth and love and friendship. Hiccup is a mixture between an anti-hero and a reluctant hero, a young scrawny boy who simply tries to please his father but most of all tries to do what he feels is right. It is when those to goals clashes he truly grows into a hero. The best part of the movie is however Toothless. The dangerous and fiery Night Fury who once his trust is won is an exceptional cute blend of kitten and puppy. You could spend the entire movie simply watching him and Hiccup bond and get to know each other and never feel cheated out. An amazing and gripping movie with a heart stealing lead in both Hiccup and his Night Fury.
The sounds of Toothless (the Night Fury) are a combination of various sounds, including the voice of Supervising Sound Designer Randy Thom, elephant seals, elephants, horses, tigers, and even domestic cats. The elephant seal sounds used were recordings of elephant seal pups at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA, a marine mammal hospital that rescues, rehabilitates and releases sick and injured seals, sea lions, whales, and dolphins.
Picture copyrights: UIP