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The other Man's Best Friend
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As a general rule, I prefer Pixar's films than Dreamworks. Films like Shrek or Madagascar do nothing for me, yet films like The Incredibles and Cars I really like. But after hearing (well reading on the interweb) a lot of praise about How to Train Your Dragon, I decided to go in blind and watch it. And guess what my initial reaction was? WOW THIS IS AWESOME! Caps intended. Here's three reasons why How to Train Your Dragon is a classic:
Reason 1: Awesome Score
I don't normally have the musical score as my favourite part of the film, but this deserves the top spot. I have always said that a good score can make a movie good, but an excellent score just lifts the movie in all areas. How to Train Your Dragon has probably he strongest score of any animation, and one of my overall favourite scores of all time. Yes, I thought it was that good. There is fantastic tracks from the very first scene, all the way to the end battle scene. It really does push the epic-ness, emotional or action scenes to a new height. Just go and listen to the score after you have seen the movie, you will enjoy it.
Reason 2: The relationship between Hiccup and Toothless
Pixar very well know that a couple of memorable lead characters can make a movie very successful with kids and adults alike. (Woody and Buzz, the Incredibles family for some picks). Well, with How to Train Your Dragon, Dreamworks have done exactly that. The relationship that bonds between Hiccup, an average teenager, but not a typical viking, and Toothless, a rare dragon called a Night Fury, over the events of the film is fantastic and interesting to see develop. I reckon it's one of the best pair of main characters in an animation movie ever.

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Reason 3: Great character and Dragon designs
As Shrek, Toy Story and A Bugs Life will tell you, sometimes the supporting cast and characters are just as important as the main ones. How to Train Your Dragon is exactly that, the whole cast of characters, including the humans and the Dragons, are brining with good personalities and awesome designs.

Take the other main characters: you have Stoick and his booming presence, Gobber and his wise cracks and advice and Astrid with her good looks but is very tough. These, plus the other dragon training club, they all offer something new to the film. And I will say this: you will like all of them, including the dragons they ride, and want to see them all again the sequel - which is what a great cast should do.


Closing Thoughts
Classic Classic
How to Train Your Dragon is the strongest animation film DreamWorks has every completed. Yes, I went there. It barely puts a foot (or wing) wrong. If your craving for a Pixar style movie with Pixar quality, that isn't actually Pixar, then check this out. Because its exactly that - that's biggest compliment you can give with a CGI animation film.

My One Big Highlight
Spiderman Because of the fantastic animation and score, my one big highlight is definitely when Toothless and Hiccup go for the first flight. It's a great achievement “Yes I've done it!” thinks Hiccup, and too right!
Elephant In the Room
elephantThe only slight bad point about this film I could think of is entirely subjective - Hiccups voice. Some people may find his voice slightly annoying (my parents do) but then I find it fine. Check the trailer out and see what you think.
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[Hiccup's Diary]Look at Hiccup's drawing. Quite a good sketch for a smart viking. That's something you usually don't see written down do you?
March 1st 2010
Dragons have been part of my whole life, literally. My dad had to fend off a Dragon attack when I was being born. But for one reason or another, which may or may not have anything to do with my dad saying writings are for wimps, I have never kept a diary of my dragon encounters and killings. Who am I kidding, I have never killed a dragon. So here is my dragon diary. Of my epic encounters and vicious killings, erm, of my Dragon findings. I just have to make sure my dad doesn’t see this.
March 8th
Nothing to report
March 15th
Excitement! A Monstrous Nightmare came into the village. Well, when I say came, more like burned the village. But my dad managed to fend him off. I was at Gobber’s shack at the time, he looked he enjoyed taking it down. Didn’t see if he killed it though, thankfully.
March 18th
Still nothing, maybe I’m either asleep when these attacks happen, or this diary maybe a waste of time.
March 26th
Wow, what an action packed day! Well, we had a giant, and I mean, giant swarm of dragons attacking all over. Me and Gobber had a lot of weapons to fix and sharpen. I wanted to try out my new weapon but Gobber wouldn’t let me go, saying I wasn’t a dragon killer. He had a point, but still…

I managed to sneak out and set up my new catapult at the back of the village. I heard someone spotting a Night Fury a few minutes earlier. So I set it up and waited. I spotted it. I fired… and I managed to hit it! I couldn’t believe it! But before I could react, that Monstrous Nightmare returned and I nearly got burned. I tried to tell my dad about the night fury, but because I managed to get the dragon to burn down the village tower, he wouldn’t listen. I’ll show him who’s a Viking.
[Hiccup's Diary]You see? You CAN train a dragon.
March 27th
Early this morning I set off into the woods to track down the Night Fury. I first thought that someone had got to it first, but then I found it. It was just lying there, with it being tangled up in the bolas I shot from my canyon.

I’ve never seen a dragon so close up. I went up to the beast and got my dagger out. I thought to myself: this is it, your going to kill your first dragon. Kill the dragon, and bring the heart to my father. But I couldn’t do it. He looked into my eyes and looked as scared as I was. So, I went against what my dad in my head was telling me, and I cut him loose. The Night Fury then jumped and slammed me to the ground with his claw. But he didn’t finish me off (but you knew that because I’m writing this), he just roared at me and left. Let's just say I couldn't remember just after that.

I came back home, only to have another of my one-sided conversations with my dad (that's what you get when your Dad is chief of our village) saying that I start Dragon training in the morning. How messed up is that! So I went along with it, for now.
March 28th
I did dragon training this morning, only to be nearly blasted by a Gronckle. One thing that Gobber said stood out to me: “A dragon will always go for the kill”. But why didn't the Night Fury while it had the chance? Time to get some answers.

I snuck off after training and found the Night Fury in the canyon, just next to the area where I found him yesterday. I couldn't understand why he hadn't flown away. While I was working it out, I sketched the Night Fury into this diary. I then discovered that a part of his tail was missing, so that's why he's still here. He can't fly! But then, in my typical clumsy fashion, I dropped my pencil, and then he stared at me. I left before he tried to attack me or something.
March 29th
More dragon training. I asked Gobber on how to sneak up on a Night Fury. He said that no one has lived to tell the tail. Great. Thanks Gobber. Once training was over, I'd thought I’d feed my new friend, considering he couldn't catch any fish yesterday. He happily eat it, as soon as I got rid of my knife. He then starts sniffing me and regurgitates the fish for me. How nice, but that wasn't enough. He wanted me to eat it too! So I did. If a dangerous dragon wants you to eat his fish, you don't ask any questions.

The Dragon, which I named Toothless, due to his attractable teeth, mimics me for the rest of the day. Smiling, sitting down and drawing in the sand, it doesn't look like he's been around a human before. But then after some clever foot-work, to get out of Toothless' maze of drawings in the sand, I nearly bumped into him. I reached my hand and touched his face! Is he starting to trust me now? Well, nearly, as he flew away after that. What a surreal day.

There's more to come! But I'll have to write down later. It's been a busy few days. Bye Bye Diary.