|Directed by:||Peter Hastings|
|Written by:||Adam F. Goldberg, Peter Tolan|
|Cast:||Gerard Butler, America Ferrara, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse|
Dreamworks animation has pretty much always been a poor man's animation studio when compared to Pixar. Sort of, the Kmart version of Pixar. They made movies that were just supposed to be fun, but not really have much in terms of story or characters. The Shrek movies, Madagascar movies, Over the Hedge. I don't their movies, I actually like quite a few of them, but none of them really impressed me. Until this movie.
The plot isn't original, anyone who critiques this movie will tell you that and milk it for all it's worth. The plot is the same as E.T. and Lilo and Stitch. But you know what, I don't care.
The characters are what make this movie more interesting. I love the relationship between Hiccup and his dad despite how cliche it is. Hiccup kind of reminds me of myself. And Toothless, well, kind of looks like a mix between a bat and a cat, and is one of the cutest things I've ever seen in my life. The animation is absolutely amazing, the colors and detail show that they really cared about this movie. The action is also good, man do I wish I saw this movie in 3D. And it's just funny.
While How to train Your Dragon may be a little bit cliche in it's story departement, it's also really fun, has some great characters, great animation, and clever humor. As far as I'm concerned, this is Dreamworks Animation's masterpiece.