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2010 kicks off with DreamWorks first release of the year How to Train Your Dragon. Set to be another major success with it already raking in close to $400m, and that’s not even including future DVD or merchandising sales. With the releases of Shrek Forever After and Megamind, 2010 will prove to be a great year for DreamWorks.
How to Train Your Dragon follows the tale of young Viking Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) who lives in the small village of Berk. The only problem is he has neither the physique nor the mentality of a Viking, much to the disappointment of his father, who is the Viking Chief Stoick (Gerard Butler). The village of Berk is besieged by constant raids by Dragons.
Hiccup and Astrid (courtesy of uk.movies.ign)
One such raid sees Hiccup shooting down a rare Night Fury dragon, although no one will believe him. So he sets off to find it and kill it. When he sees it, his heart is not in killing, and so lets the dragon go. However, unable to fly, the dragon crashes in a nearby ravine. Learning that dragons aren’t as ferocious as his father made out, he decides to help the Night Fury out, and decides to name it Toothless. Slowly you see the bond between Viking and Dragon grows into friendship, as Hiccup creates a make-shift tail wing to enable Toothless to fly again.
With this newfound respect for dragons, and friendship with Toothless, Hiccup is able to command respect from his fellow Vikings through the knowledge gained from his nurturing of Toothless. However, there exists an even greater danger for Hiccup, Toothless and the Vikings of Berk, in the shape a much larger and much fiercer dragon, which waits and feeds in its lair. This final battle could well take the life of Hiccup and Toothless, as it will require their entire prowess to defeat such a powerful dragon.
Hiccup with Toothless (courtesy of uk.movies.ign)
Since I have a love for all things dragon, I have to give this movie a special praise. The movie has it all: comedy, action, the feel-good factor, and the box-office takings will tell you how good this movie is. So overall, it’s a highly recommended animated movie of 2010.