- Origin: 25/25
- Story: 25/25
- Camera/SFX: 25/25
- Performance: 25/25
The son of a Viking chief must capture a dragon in order to mark his passage into manhood and prove his worthiness to the tribe in directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois’ adaptation of Cressida Cowell’s popular children’s book.
- Rated: PG (Some action)
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation, Drama and Science Fiction
- Directed by: Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders
- Written by: Dean Deblois, Chris Sanders and William Davies
- Release date: 15th October, 2010 (Wide)
- Length: 98 minutes
- Studio: Paramount/ Dream Works Animation
|Jay Baruchel||Hiccup (Voice)|
|Gerard Butler||Stoick (Voice)|
|America Ferrera||Astrid (Voice)|
|Jonah Hill||Snotlout (Voice)|
|Christopher Mintz-Plasse||Fishlegs (Voice)|
|Craig Ferguson||Gobber (Voice)|
|T.J. Miller||Tuffnut (Voice)|
|Kristen Wiig||Ruffnut (Voice)|
This had everything you needed for a first film in the franchise. it gave us enough dragons to get us wondering and excited about. The locations were detailed and mysterious, this is like the book has come to life. As a family film it offers everything a child needs; excitement, cool characters and a vast world to let their imaginations run wild. I liked how they only showed us a sample of the dragon world, it gives the audience a journey to take through the next films.
A compelling story that many can relate too, Hiccup is an underdog for most of his life and he needs to prove to everyone else that he is something. I loved the character relation between Hiccup and Toothless because it was like your average dog or cat, but still having an epic dragon to go flying with. You could really see them grow as the film went on, the best bit for was the training montage scenes where the two of them tried to get Toothless to fly again, it created some really good humour and it gave the audience time to get behind the duo.
Dream Works Animation never disappoints, the animations are great and I love the style they chose. The dragons are fearsome, but also friendly looking. The different areas are unique, Berk is a little island but has a lot going on, just like their residents. The dragon cave is mysterious, I loved the darkness that fell when the Bewilderbeast stormed out of the cave, it gave the impression of evil had come.
When dragons were flying through the air, the camera I thought was always in the right place. Each twirl and dive felt fast because you were right in the action, these types of things make this film unique and exciting.
Perfectly cast! Jay’s voice is exactly what I thought Hiccup would sound like, it suits the small figure that Hiccup has. Also he really suited the awkward, but brave character that he is. Gerard is the opposite his voice is commanding, just like the movie 300, he had the dominance to be Stoick.
There were so many unique voices within the cast that each character is rememberable. Every character has something relatable to us and we all have our own favourites. This was by far one of the best animated films of 2010.