My Opinion right after watching movie
My opinion of the movie is that it is great, the character are all likable and understandable, there are a lot if details in the story, and it is so easy to get invested into. You want to see more of this world and the characters, which is fantastic.
This film started development around 2006 after Over the Hedge was completed, but it was on DreamWork’s mind since 2004. Apparently, Lilo and Stitch directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois took over and changed the entire production. The original script was very close to the book, but that changed when the above entered the project, because it was too kiddy and sweet.
Toothless was modeled after Stitch from Lilo and Stitch, and he was originally going to be a smaller dragon. His noises are a combination of a bunch of animal and machine noises.
So the story starts with the village of Berk is suffering from a dragon attack and the town screw-up Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) tries to help out, and captures a dragon, but fucks up the entire town instead. His father
Stoick the Vast Fergus (Gererd Butler) saves him from getting eaten by a dragon, and is upset at him.
His father tells him that he is not a dragon slayer and should stop trying to be and act like one, which others tell him as well. Fergus calls a group meeting about going to the Dragon’s nest to get rid of the dragons, and a good amount leaves with him. Problem….
Fergus sends Hiccup to the Dragon School to discipline him, and so he won’t destroy the island while he is gone. Hiccup does not take the news well only because he just realized that he cannot kill dragons when he tried to kill Toothless, but his father tells him that it is time for him to prove himself.
He starts training and automatically does not fit in with the other students. So he continues training and visits Toothless, learning a bunch about Dragons.
Unlike his colleagues, he reads an all about Dragons book, which he uses to his advantage. So to cut things short, as his relationship with Toothless bond, he learns more about Dragons and wins matches against his colleagues, pissing them off. He eventually study other Dragons as well, as they take a liking to him.
One night, Astrid (America Ferrera) checks up on him out of curiosity and a bit mad that he is the best student, but he manages to get away thus Toothless. Presumably the next morning, Fergus and his group of vikings return from their quest which they clearly failed on (DUH), and Fergus is excited that his son is now the top student in his class, and they now have something to bond over, but failing. Hiccup thought that his father found out about him bonding with dragons, but is clearly wrong.
The Stunts are competing for a chance to kill a Dragon, and Astrid is more than determined to make sure that she wins, but grows extremely frustrated that Hiccup won again, and flips when he says he has to go somewhere. She follows him and finds out he is a dragon lover.
So Toothless forces them to go on a fly for an entire evening and she admits that it is pretty cool. They are flying and talking about the final exam, and Toothless takes them to the Dragon’s Nest after hearing he is going to have to kill a Dragon. So they find out that there is a huge, alpha dragon and escapes from it. This then establishes the contrived relationship of Astrid and Hiccup.
So it is the day of the final exam, where Hiccup is supposed to kill a dragon, which almost beats his ass up, but Toothless arrives to beat up the Dragon. The vikings hop in to kill the dragons, but Fergus soon realizes that Hiccup trained the dragon and is furious that he turned into a dragon lover, and disowns him.
So I am gonna recap the climax in a jiffy, they find the Dragon’s Nest, the alpha dragon whoops some ass, Hiccup and his crew show up on Dragons to stop the war, Toothless and Hiccup kill the Alpa Dragon, they almost drown but gets saved by Fergus, and we are shown this.
Well, he steps outside and struggles to walk to find the villain dragon-ified and dragon-friendly. Him and his crew fly around the sky, and it is weird that I am actually looking forward to a sequel to a DreamWorks movie.
The characters that are actually important are extremely likable. The ones that are minor (and there are a lot), they are alright.
The Animation is brilliant. There is so much texture in the hair of the humans, the scales on the dragons, the landscapes, and even the skin on the humans. The motion scenes work really well, and it is just good, though the color scheme is always a bit too dark, but that is a nitpick.
There are no songs in the movie, but the score is very good, and does its job well. It was done by DreamWorks regular, John Powell.
Reception at Release
When this film was released in theaters on March 26th, 2013, it topped the box office. Overall, it made $217,581,231 domestically, and $277,297,528 internationally, earning a total amount of $494,878,759. This is the highest domestic box office results outside of the Shrek series. It is the 5th highest-grossing animated film of 2010 behind Toy Story 3, Shrek Forever After, Tangeld, and Despicable Me, and is the 10th highest-grossing film of 2010. 2010 was a really good year for animated films now that I am thinking about it.
Critically, it was PRAISED. It is currently the highest-received film out of the canon and has 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. People liked it for its depth (which we all know is rare with DreamWorks), characters, animation, motion, story, so practically everything about it. A lot consider this to be the Magnum Opus of DreamWorks Animation.
When it came to the awards, it was nominated for A LOT but because of the competition of that year, it lost the majority to Toy Story 3. It was nominated for 2 Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score, nominated for 4 Annies, and won 8 (including Best Animated Feature). It was nominated and won some other awards as well.
Well, because DreamWorks was proud of its performance in the box office, they granted 2 sequels which are in development, with How To Train Your Dragon being released on June 13th, 2014, and another one released on 2016. It also granted a spin-off series, called DreamWorks Dragons, which is on its 2nd season. People started to take DreamWorks seriously again.
Story = 8.5/10
Characters = 7.5/10
Music = 7.5/10
Animation = 9.5/10
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