Dragon season is upon us. Recently, a trailer was released for the animated film "How to Train Your Dragon 2," which will be released this summer. The first film in the franchise came out in 2010 and was a surprise hit.
"How to Train Your Dragon" centers on Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), a young Viking who lives in Berk, a land that is terrorized by aggressive dragons. Although Hiccup is wimpy and often made fun of by the other Vikings, he is very skilled with his hands and can design and assemble wonderful things. The value of his talent is not first apparent to his tough father, Stoick (voiced by Gerard Butler), and others who want him to do his part to protect the village from dragons. Hiccup is unable to slay a dragon when he has the opportunity and even keeps him hidden. He names him Toothless. As he nurtures Toothless, he finds he is not so dangerous. He also learns more about other dragons and finds they are not so dangerous either. Hiccup has a difficult time convincing the other Vikings of this, especially his dad.
"How to Train Your Dragon" has sharp animation and many three dimensional characters. One appealing character is Astrid (voiced by America Ferrera), a brave young Viking woman who does not like Hiccup at first. But he grows on her as they get to know each other.
There are a lot of good scenes in the film. Several scenes show Hiccup and the other young Vikings training to combat dragons. These parts of the movie are a lot of fun to watch. We see many different kinds of dragons.
All the actors do impressive work. Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, and America Ferrera all do effective jobs making their characters sympathetic.
"How to Train Your Dragon" is a great choice for fans of animated films. Hopefully, the sequel will be just as good.