Daddy & Daughter Reviews: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (2010)

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is about a boy named Hiccup who learns to fight Dragons and he also finds a Dragon. The dragon is named Toothless. Hiccup’s people are Vikings and in the beginning of the movie, they fight the Dragons. Hiccup wants to fight Dragons too, but his people won’t let him, which is when he captures Toothless, but no one believes him. And then Hiccup and Toothless become friends. Hiccup wants to be a Dragon Trainer. The movie is about Hiccup and Toothless’s friendship and the adventure they go on together. By the end of the movie, everybody likes Dragons because Hiccup showed them that they can like Dragons too because the Dragons are nice and good.

I liked the movie because it had a happy ending. It was a really scary beginning because of the fire breathing and stuff. The movie made me happy because they become friends and because they love each other and they have a good friendship. The movie was really fun because there are so many dragons. It’s really funny too because there is a guy who has a rock as a tooth. The funnest part of the movie is when Hiccup learns to train the Dragons but not fight the Dragons. You should watch this movie with your kids because it’s also about Hiccup’s daddy being happy with him for learning how to train the Dragons. It’s important because his Daddy wants him to grow up and be a big Viking like his daddy and he’s so happy when Hiccup does.

—  Henna Roshni 6 1/4 years old

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is a very well done and engaging film with a main character that everyone can relate to. The relationship between a young boy and his Dragon is really fun to see unfold, and ranks up there amongst the best on screen, man-animal relationships.  Hiccup is brought to life by the awkward charisma in Jay Baruchel‘s voice and further punctuated by the booming and imposing presence of Gerard Butler who plays his Dad. The relationships between father-son and boy-dragon are where the elements of the movie make for feel good entertainment.

Toothless & Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel

they ride together… they– sorry, different movie.

Hiccup’s journey through the movie is a great metaphor for pursuing your own dreams and being successful, not based on Societal pressure, but by following your own path. It’s a great message for kids that comes through very clearly during the film. Despite the, at times, graphic action sequences, the suspension of disbelief is so high (dragons are non-existent) that it can’t negatively effect impressionable kids.  Rather the concept of animal welfare, being kind and considerate to creatures who otherwise can’t speak or communicate, but can be loyal and love unconditionally, is really beneficial for young minds to be exposed to. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON is one of the very rare non-Disney animated features that provide the best wholesome action adventure entertainment for the whole family.

— Shah Shahid 29 3/4 years old

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Nostra · September 8, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Nice seeing you doing a review together, looking forward to the day I can do that with my daughter 🙂

As for the movie I had a good time with it. The second one though? Amazing. Saw it last week and thought it was really great and better than the first one.

    Shah Shahid · September 8, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Thanks Nostra. It’s a lot of fun, and gets them thinking critically about stuff and relating it to everyday life.

    And a movie like this is great for things like that. I thought the 2nd one was pretty great, and a rare proper sequel that grew from the 1st movie. Look forward to our Review of that too 😉

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