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With: (voices) Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig, Robin Atkin Downes, Philip McGrade, Kieron Elliott, Ashley Jensen, David Tennant
Written by: William Davies, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders, based on a novel by Cressida Cowell
Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language
Running Time: 98
Date: 03/18/2010

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Draggin' Dragon

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Like most computer-animated movies, this one moves very nicely with some gorgeous flying footage and a real emphasis on height, speed, air, and maneuvering. It has some fun character designs, a good message, and some fairly typical jokes, and then last of all is the characters and the story. Jay Baruchel voices the hero, Hiccup, the scrawny son of a mighty Viking. For generations, this village has battled and slain dragons, but Hiccup is the first to actually capture and tame one. This leads to all kinds of trouble as he upsets generations of tradition and history. Comic actors like Kristen Wiig, Craig Ferguson, and Jonah Hill are on hand to voice the various quirky, funny sidekicks. I watched this animated feature on the small screen, and so its effect was most likely diminished, but it's really not much more than average.
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