Films

How to Train Your Dragon

March 26th 2010
  • Animated/Fantasy,
  • PG,
  • 97 min,
  • Dreamworks Animation
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  • Cast: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, America Ferrara, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson, Kristen Wiig, T.J. Miller, Robin Atkin Downes, Kieron Elliott
  • Directors: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
  • Writers: Cressida Cowell, Dean DeBlois, Adam F. Goldberg, Chris Sanders, Peter Tolan
  • Producer: Bonnie Arnold
  • Co Producer: Michael A. Connolly
  • Executive Producers: Kristine Belson, Tim Johnson
  • Editor: David Teller
  • Music: John Powell

Storyline

"How to Train Your Dragon" is an adventure comedy set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, based on the book by Cressida Cowell. The story centers around a scrawny teenager, who lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. Initiation is coming, and this is his one chance to prove his worthiness to his tribe and father. But when he encounters, and ultimately befriends, an injured dragon, his world is turned upside down.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • MPAA Warning: Sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language
  • Production Companies: DreamWorks Animation, Mad Hatter Entertainment, Mad Hatter Films, Vertigo Entertainment

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Trivia

2010 Guide Analysis: "Having moved from Disney to Dreamworks, "Lilo and Stich" writer/directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois try their hand at a CG-animated children's book adaptation with a Viking setting and conservation theme that would make P.E.T.A. proud.

This is Dreamworks Animation though, a company whose product is built purely on sales with little regards to quality, 2008's well-received "Kung Fu Panda" proving the exception rather than the rule.

The studio has three films hitting in 2010, this one taking the Spring slot occupied by this year's disappointing "Monsters vs. Aliens". Thus profits will no doubt roll in, helped by a big push during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Will it be any good though? The trailers aren't particularly encouraging so far, even if for once it avoids the talking animal cliche."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 18 March 2010: Russia
  • 25 March 2010: Argentina, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Hungary
  • 26 March 2010: Brazil, Finland, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden
  • 31 March 2010: Belgium, Egypt, France, Netherlands, UK
  • 1 April 2010: Singapore
  • 23 April 2010: Turkey
  • 7 August 2010: Japan