How to Train Your Dragon Film Review

Gerard Butler
Gerard Butler


How to Train Your Dragon Overview:

The film entitled “How to Train Your Dragon” is a computer animated genre produced by Dream Works Animation (the master minds behind Shrek, Madagascar, and Monsters vs. Aliens). The movie is based on the beloved 2003 book which bears the same title. Actors such as Jay Biracial, America Ferra, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Craig Ferguson, are using their unique voice talents to bring the film to life. How to Train Your Dragon is scheduled for a spectacular launch at the box office this coming March (March 26, 2010 USA).


How to train your dragon Plot:

The film is set deep in the heart of a mystical land filled with vikings and dragons. The story follows the adventure of a young viking named Hiccup (Jay Biracial), who resides on a mystical island where fighting dragons is the norm. The teens cunning and witty sense of humor strikes a pale contrast between that of his father, Stoic the Vast (Gerard Butler). When the other viking teens include Hiccup in the art of dragon training, the young viking seizes his chance to prove that he has what it takes to be a fighter. With a blast from his bolas-shooting cannon, Hiccup ensnares a dragon whom he names Toothless. Contrary to the viking way, however, Hiccup befriends Toothless and decides to release him. Thus, a powerful relationship developers between Hiccup and Toothless, and the young viking’s whole perception of dragon hunting is flipped up side down as he strives desperately to persuade his tribe to end dragon hunting once and for all.


How to train your dragon quotes from the Actors:

The actors of How to Train Your Dragon really enjoyed producing the film. In a comprehensive interview, Gerard Butler said that reading the script for how to Train Your Dragon reminded him of when he first heard about 300. Although producing the film was vocally changeling initially, Gerard Butler admitted that (once he harnessed the voice of the animation) it was a very enjoyable experience.

Craig Ferguson also had some nice things to say about the film. In relation to the film’s spectacular dragon flying sequences, Craig Ferguson stated the following:

“I watched it with a buddy of mine who’s also a pilot and I said, ‘That’s why I fly planes.’ And he said, ‘Me too. That’s why I fly planes.’ Just because of that feeling you get just at the end of that ride on the dragon, it’s fantastic.” (Craig Ferguson quote on How to train your dragon movie).

Craig Ferguson also made some humorous comments about the film:

“I’m very method. I would wear Viking clothing, which made it very difficult to record because all the breast plates and swords clink and it drives the microphones crazy. But hey, if you want me in your movie you’ve got to be prepared for unreasonable behavior.” (Craig Ferguson quote on How to train your dragon movie)

Morals of the animation film according to the Actors

America Ferra said that the film is “about fulfilling your imagination’s wildest dreams.”

Craig Ferguson stated that the moral of the film is “to confront your fears.”

“The thing that you fear, can help you over come that fear” (Quote: Craig Ferguson interview on How to train your dragon)

In addition, Gerard Butler summed up the moral of the film in his own words:

“For kids, I would love it if they get out of this just a respect for things that they don’t know; a tolerance for other things…because we live in a world full of fear and anger. [The movie is] about fear and letting go and really trying to discover what is out there, and embracing the differences between people’s cultures.” (Gerard Butler Quote on How to train your dragon movie)

In short, the underlying moral behind How to Train your Dragon is to appreciate and embrace diversity. People should learn to be more open minded and not be fearful of thins that are different and unfamiliar.


How to train your dragon Cast and Characters

Gerard Butler as Stoic the Vast (the short tempered chief of the Hairy Hooligan tribe and Hiccup’s father). He desires for Hiccup to mature and gain the strength to take on the role of chief one day, but (as the film reveals) the young Hiccup is full of surprises.

Jonah Hill as Snotface Snotlout Hiccup’s cousin. Snotface harbors an intense hatred for Hiccup since Hiccup is in line for the role of tribal chief. Snotface is strong and stalwart and (in general) good at being a viking.

America Ferrera as Astrid. Astrid is a young viking girl who Hiccup is attracted to. The two meet as a result of attending the same school.

Jay Baruchel as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the third, the films main character and son of Stoic the Vast. According to his spiteful cousin Snotlout, Hiccup is weak and unsuited for the role of Chief.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs. Fishlegs becomes good friends with Hiccup. Although he has a larger role in the book, his role is minimal in this movie. Fishlegs character is slightly different from the book. He is more fearful in the book in contrast with the movie.


Marketing and Production

Although the plot followed the novel during the initial development phase, it was that it was later altered. Around the halfway point in the production process, Chris Sanders, and Dean DeBlois, assumed the role of co-directors. The original film followed the book very cosely, and the directors felt that it was necessary to alter the plot for the purpose of appealing to a broader demographic. These deviations from the story out lain in the book, are evident in a number of ways. Perhaps the best evident alteration, however, is that of Hiccup’s dragon. In the book, Toothless was a really small, cute sort of dragon. In the movie, however, Toothless is portrayed as a large and very rare species of dragon.


How to train your dragon key facts:

The script was written by: Adam F. Goldberg, Peter Tolan, Dean Deblois, Chris Sandars, and Cressida Cowell.

Starring: Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Christopher Minz-Plasse, and Jonah Hill.

Music by: Powell

Editing by: Darren T. Holmes

Budget: $180 million

Studio: DreamWorks Animation

Directed by: Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois


How to train your dragon dvd features:

How to train your dragon is now available to purchase on dvd and bluray at our International Gerard Butler Store .

We recommend the How to train your dragon Double dvd pack.

How to train your dragon Double dvd pack features:

Disc 1:

· Filmmakers’ Commentary

· The Technical Artistry of Dragon

· Viking-Sized Cast

· DWA Trailers

Disc 2:

· Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes

· The Story Behind the Story

· Racing for the Gold

· How to Draw a Dragon

· Your Viking Profile

· DWA Video Jukebox


How to train your dragon release dates:

North America

United States 26 Mar 10

Latin America

Argentina 25 Mar 10
Brazil 26 Mar 10
Chile 25 Mar 10
Colombia 26 Mar 10
Mexico 26 Mar 10
Panama 26 Mar 10
Peru 25 Mar 10
Venezuela 26 Mar 10

Middle East / Africa

Egypt 31 Mar 10
Israel 25 Mar 10
Lebanon 25 Mar 10
South Africa 26 Mar 10
United Arab Emirates 25 Mar 10

Asia Pacific

Australia 25 Mar 10
Hong Kong 01 Apr 10
India 16 Apr 10
Indonesia 26 Mar 10
Japan 07 Aug 10
Korea 20 May 10
Singapore 25 Mar 10
Malaysia 25 Mar 10
New Zealand 25 Mar 10
Philippines 26 Mar 10
Taiwan 27 Mar 10
Thailand 25 Mar 10
Vietnam 23 Apr 10


Austria 26 Mar 10
Belgium 31 Mar 10
Croatia 01 Apr 10
Cyprus 02 Apr 10
Czech Republic / Slovakia 01 Apr 10
Denmark 25 Mar 10
Finland 26 Mar 10
France 31 Mar 10
Germany 25 Mar 10
Greece 01 Apr 10
Hungary 25 Mar 10
Iceland 02 Apr 10
Ireland 31 Mar 10
Italy 26 Mar 10
Netherlands 01 Apr 10
Norway 26 Mar 10
Poland 09 Apr 10
Portugal 25 Mar 10
Romania 19 Mar 10
Russia 18 Mar 10
Serbia & Montenegro 15 Apr 10
Slovenia 01 Apr 10
Spain 26 Mar 10
Sweden 26 Mar 10
Switzerland-French 31 Mar 10
Switzerland-German 25 Mar 10
Switzerland-Italian 26 Mar 10
Turkey 23 Apr 10
Ukraine 18 Mar 10
United Kingdom 31 Mar 10

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