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How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  26 March 2010 (USA)
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A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons, becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.


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Complete credited cast:
Hiccup (voice)
Stoick (voice)
Gobber (voice)
Astrid (voice)
Snotlout (voice)
Fishlegs (voice)
Tuffnut (voice)
Ruffnut (voice)
Ack (voice)
Philip McGrade ...
Starkard (voice)
Kieron Elliott ...
Spitelout (voice)


Long ago up North on the Island of Berk, the young Viking, Hiccup, wants to join his town's fight against the dragons that continually raid their town. However, his macho father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can't bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he dubs Toothless, begin a friendship that would open up both their worlds as the observant boy learns that his people have misjudged the species. But even as the two each take flight in their own way, they find that they must fight the destructive ignorance plaguing their world. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One adventure will change two worlds

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 March 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

How to Train Your Dragon: An IMAX 3D Experience  »

Box Office


$165,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$43,732,319 (USA) (26 March 2010)


£17,168,517 (UK) (23 July 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The hesitation Toothless shows during the famous 'touch' scene was actually an animation error. However, it looked so perfect that the animators chose to leave it in the film. See more »


It took a while for Hiccup to learn how to fly with Toothless. He had to design the tail/control mechanism that would allow him to control the tail. Without Hiccup's control, Toothless would crash. After Astrid finds Hiccup and Toothless, she runs off and they get her up a tree. Then Hiccup convinces her to get on Toothless so he can show how well he works with Toothless. At this point, Toothless flies totally out of control, skimming the water, fast ascensions, barrel rolls, etc. Because Hiccup and Toothless are so out of sync, they should have crashed almost immediately. See more »


[first lines]
Hiccup: [voice-over] This is Berk. It's twelve days north of Hopeless and a few degrees south of Freezing to Death. It's located solidly on the Meridian of Misery. My village. In a word? Sturdy. It's been here for seven generations, but every single building is new. We have fishing, hunting, and a charming view of the sunsets. The only problems are the pests. You see, most places have mice or mosquitoes... We have...
[aloud, as he slams the door against an attacking Monstrous Nightmare]
Hiccup: ...
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits of the movie are shown as if seen in a Dragon Manual. See more »


Referenced in Conan: On This Day, a Chump Was Born (2011) See more »


Sticks and Stones
Written by Jon Thor Birgisson (as Jónsi)
Performed by Jon Thor Birgisson (as Jónsi)
Produced and Mixed by Alex Somers & Jon Thor Birgisson (as Jónsi)
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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Visually Stunning
14 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

An animated feast for the eyes is a brilliant description for this film. From the jaw-dropping visuals beautifully rendered in 3D, to the flawless animation of the characters and dragons, this was one film that didn't disappoint.

Our protagonist is Hiccup, a boy viking who doesn't possess much in common with his dragon slaying dad. However, when he finds a new friend in Toothless, the most feared dragon of its species, he learns that dragons are not the fearful creatures he was brought up to believe.

What I enjoyed the most was the relationship between Hiccup and Toothless the dragon. This was dealt with wonderfully and we see their relationship develop over a series of scenes which were done with great humour and action.

The 3D holds its own in every sense, and I would go as far as saying that some scenes rival the groundbreaking Avatar. The scenes that especially stood out were the flying segments where the dragon soars over crystal clear sea's and jaw-dropping backdrops.

Whilst this is a film that may seem as if it's solely directed at the younger generation, its stunning visuals and well-told story means that it will keep any adult satisfied.

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