How To Train Your Dragon

 
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Release Date: March 26, 2010

Based on: How to Train Your Dragon (series of novels by Cressida Cowell)

Directed by: Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Kristen Wiig

Budget: $165 million

Box office: $495.8 million

In the remote viking village of Berk, teenager Hiccup aspires to become a dragon slayer. After capturing his first dragon though, he befriends it instead.

How to Train Your Dragon is a fun adventure, presenting a colorful coming-of-age story where vikings and dragons collide with Hiccup thrust in the middle. He’s small and scrawny, unable to take part in actively defending Berk during dragon attacks, although still wants to prove himself through doing what’s thought to be impossible and capturing an elusive dragon no one has ever seen before. Yet once he does, Hiccup finds he can’t bring himself to kill it and begins to bond with the dragon, which he names Toothless. Not only does this bond allow him to discover things about dragons nobody had ever known before, but it helps him to save the day when his father sets out to find the dragon nest.

In the beginning of the film, the dragons are shown to be completely homogenous in personality, only varying in how they attack. Nevertheless, as Hiccup finds out more and more about them firsthand, the dragons become less of an overwhelming antagonistic bloc and more of a race of creatures with distinct personalities. Each type of dragon has their own quirks too, such as Toothless acting like a large cat numerous times. When Hiccup goes through training to become a dragon slayer, he makes use of the knowledge he’s gained from being around dragons to peacefully succeed. It’s a fantastic use of character development, allowing for creatures who begin as antagonists to become complete characters.

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Alongside Hiccup, the human characters also have good characterization. His father, Stoick the Vast, is hardheaded and stubborn in his crusade against dragons. Nevertheless, even he knows when he’s gone too far in his quest to rid the world of them. Once this happens, he shows himself to be a leader willing to sacrifice himself to allow his people time to escape an encroaching threat along with knowing to admit when he’s wrong. Additionally, there’s Astrid. She’s a skilled and intelligent warrior, livid that Hiccup is showing her up in dragon training. However she becomes the first to discover Hiccup and Toothless’ relationship and winds up being receptive to the idea of dragon and viking coexisting.

This is all done with some great writing. Some of the best shines in the relationship between Hiccup and Toothless. Despite Hiccup’s dialogue when talking to the dragon just being him talking to a somewhat silent character, it’s Toothless’ actions which perfectly show him from starting out not trusting Hiccup to becoming inseparable. The animators did well bringing the screenplay to life in these moments.

Awards

Won

3D Creative Arts Awards - Lumiere Awards

  • Best 3D Feature - Animated
  • Best Stereography - Animated

Alliance of Women Film Journalists - EDA Awards

  • EDA Female Focus Award - Best Animated Female (America Ferrera, Astrid)

Annie Awards

  • Best Animated Feature
  • Best Animated Effects
  • Best Character Animation in a Feature Production
  • Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production
  • Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Jay Baruchel, for playing "Hiccup")
  • Best Music in an Animated Feature Production
  • Best Directing in an Feature Production
  • Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
  • Best Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
  • Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

  • Top Box Office Films

International Film Music Critics Award

  • Film Score of the Year
  • Best Original Score for an Animated Film

Ivor Novello Awards

  • Best Original Film Score

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA - Golden Reel Awards

  • Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR in an Animation Feature Film

Russian National Movie Awards - Georges Awards

  • Best Animated Movie

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Venice Film Festival Awards

  • 3-D Award - Most Creative 3D Film Stereoscopic Film of the Year

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
  • Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature Motion Picture (Toothless)
  • Outstanding Effects Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture

 

 

Nominated

Academy Awards, USA

  • Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
  • Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Animated Film
  • Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music (John Powell)

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best Production Design
  • Best Music
  • Best Animated Film

Alliance of Women Film Journalists - EDA Awards

  • Best Animated Feature Film

American Cinema Editors, USA - Eddie Awards

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Annie Awards

  • Best Animated Effects
  • Best Character Animation in a Feature Production
  • Best Character Animation in a Feature Production
  • Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production (Gerard Butler, for playing "Stoick"
  • Best Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

Awards Circuit Community Awards

  • Best-Animated Feature of the Year
  • Davis Award - Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Davis Award - Best Original Score
  • Davis Award - Best Sound
  • Davis Award - Best Animated Feature
  • Davis Award - Best Motion Picture

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

  • Critics Choice Award - Best Animated Feature

Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Denver Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Gold Derby Awards

  • Animated Feature

Golden Globes, USA

  • Best Animated Film 

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best Animated Movie of the Year
  • Biggest Surprise of the Year

Golden Trailer Awards

  • Best Animation/Family (For "Prepare (Trailer #3)"

Houston Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Film
  • Best Original Score

Hugo Awards

  • Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form

IGN Summer Movie Awards

  • Best Animated Movie

International Cinephile Society AWards

  • Best Animated Film

International Film Music Critics Awards

  • Film Music Composition of the Year (Track: "Forbidden Friendship")
  • Film Music Composition of the Year (Track: "Test Drive")

International Online Cinema Awards

  • Best Original Score
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Animated Feature

Iowa Film Critics Awards

  • Best Animated Film Score

Kids' Choice Awards, USA - Blimp Awards

  • Favorite Animated Movie

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards - Sierra Awards

  • Best Family Film
  • Best Animated Film
  • Best Song (Jon Thor Birgisson, song: "Sticks & Stones")

North Texas Film Critics Association, US Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • OFTA Film Award - Best Animated Picture

Online Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Feature

People's Choice Awards, USA

  • Favorite Family Movie

PGA Awards

  • Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Russian National Movie awards - Georges Award

  • Oper.ru Special Prize

San Diego Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Satellite Awards

  • Best Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

  • Bradbury Award

Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Film

St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Awards

  • Best Animated Film

Teen Choice AWards

  • Choice Movie: Animated

Utah Film Critics Association AWards

  • Best Animated Feature Film

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Animated Film

World Soundtrack Awards

  • Soundtrack Composer of the Year (John Powell)
  • Best Original Song Written for a Film (Jon Thor Birgisson, for the song "Sticks & Stones"