March 23, 2010

'How to Train Your Dragon' Is Fiery Family Fun

I think there are few animated films out there that can captivate both kid and adult audiences at the same time, but Dreamworks has managed to conjure up one of those rarities with How to Train Your Dragon. With the voices of Gerard Butler, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson and Jay Baruchel the whole family will get fired up for this movie.

Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, Dragon is the tale of young viking named Hiccup who is struggling to live up to his father's expectations of what a strong, mighty viking should be. While his village is under constant attack by dragons Hiccup finds his own way to make a name for himself without having to become a dragon slayer.

The story is predictable, yes, but the jokes are sharp, the moments are touching and the dragons are amazing! There has been so much talk about the 3-D effects in Avatar, but I was much more impressed with the soaring scenery of Dragon. Not only were the landscapes almost scarily-real at times, the details in the characters' faces were the best I have ever seen. It might seem silly, but the thing that I was impressed with the most was the texture in the vikings' beards! Amazing computer animation.

Kids of all ages will also be in wonder of the different types of dragons laid out in the film. Each dragon has its own personality, look and fire power (
see some of them here) definitely got my imagination whirling. Check out the trailer here:

How to Train Your Dragon hits theaters everywhere on March 26, 2010 and is totally fun, no matter what your age.