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Review: 'How to Train Your Dragon' has few hiccups

A young boy named Hiccup is the star of Dreamworks' latest animated feature, How to Train Your Dragon. The film is being released in 3D, which seems to be the way of the future. The 3D effects were nothing special, certainly nothing much more exciting than regular old 2D films.

The real fun in How to Train Your Dragon is the dragon of the title, Toothless. Without giving away too much of the story, the film centers on Hiccup's journey to find his place in a world where he is not like anyone else. Not only is he different, he simply cannot do the same things his family can do. You see, Hiccup is a Viking, part of a group of large, strong, burly people. Hiccup is neither large nor burly, but as he comes to discover, strength can mean many different things.

The biggest discrepancy in the film is that all the adults have heavy Scottish-like accents (Hiccup's father is played by Gerard Butler) and none of the kids do, probably so that young moviegoers can understand the stars of the story when they're narrating. The characters are fairly well-developed, even if the backstory is a little weak. The main point of the movie, after all, is getting to ride that dragon!

Once the fearsome dragons are made more sympathetic, kids will delight in the differences between them. There are some scary moments, but nothing too bloody.



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