|Hiccup riding on Toothless in How To Train Your Dragon|
Voices: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, TJ Miller, Kristen Wiig
Director: Chris Sanders, Dean DeBlois
Viggy and I have watched this animated film many times on TV and it has always left me completely happy. I was super-thrilled when Viggy downloaded How To Train Your Dragon on our PC and that too an awesome print. We watched it yet again last week.
All the people from the many Viking villages have left for good unable to put up with the dragon menace. But the tenacious Vikings of Berk Island refuse to leave. They decide to fight the dragons and eke out a tough living. Young Hiccup is the village Chieftain’s son. While kids from other families train to slay dragons at a very young age, Hiccup is too timid to face the fire-breathers.
It is quite by chance Hiccup brings down the Night Fury, one of the fiercest dragons, breaking a part of its tail wing. This heart-warming tale goes on to show how Hiccup and Night Fury, named Toothless, become the best of friends as Hiccup learns to conquer his fear and goes on to become a hero.
This is the most awesome animated film that I have ever seen. Hiccup is very endearing and Toothless more so. While the fierce Vikings fight their way through life, Hiccup teaches them how to befriend dragons and make use of them to help in their lives.
The scenes are presented beautifully – at the chief’s home; the blacksmith’s workshop; the ships at sea; the youngsters learning to fight different types of dragons; Hiccup bungling his way through the training sessions but turning up Aces every time – you name it and the scene touches your heart.
The finale is quite nail-biting and keeps one screaming for more.
VERDICT: I loved this one. If you like animation and stories of love and valour, then this one is definitely for you.