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March 29th, 2010 #1
How To Train Your Dragon
Who else has seen it?
Great visuals, awesome story, amazing fucking designs. Dreamworks hit this one right out of the park.
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I thought it was awesome. Previews didn't do it justice. I want to work on stuff like that.
March 29th, 2010 #4
So, it actually has genuine characters and humor, and a compelling story? It's not just a typical mishmash of cliched, unintelligent cardboard characters, overused jokes, and obnoxious pop culture references? I must confess that I've come to expect the latter from non-Pixar animated films.
March 29th, 2010 #5
Whoa, I agree that the trailers looked pretty bad. And I thought the Black dragon's design was bland and ununique, but that dragon's facial expressions were truly the highlight of the movie. I don't know how they're going to top this movie.
I saw it in normal dimension, I'll probably go back to see it in 3-D.
March 30th, 2010 #6
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I saw this last night and really enjoyed it. I agree the trailers didn't do it justice at all. Recommended!
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April 9th, 2010 #12
Absolutely stunning film! What a gripping story, wonderful characters and fantastic music. I've been anticipating it as well for some time and was definitely happy with the results. I saw in it German, though (as I currently reside in Germany), but I'm looking forward to seeing it again in English already!
April 9th, 2010 #13
Hmmm. This just proves you can't judge a book by its cover. Like every1 else said, the previews weren't too great, and, for me, the real kicker was the title. I guess I've come to unfairly disrespect the most recent dreamworks animated movies because their titles. I mean, come on... Aliens vs. Monsters? That sounds amazingly creative and witty, doesn't it? How to Train Your Dragon sounds just as lame. However, glad to hear it isn't. maybe I'll go see it sometime.
April 9th, 2010 #14
Looking forward ot seeing this one. A lot.
As far as non-Pixar stuff goes I thought Kung-Fu Panda was excellent.
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This was probably my favorite of the Dreamworks Animations. I'm glad they weren't trying to get by on being cute and just made a straightforward story with solid visuals. I don't think you can say that they've accomplished anything as inventive as Pixar with this, but it's still a lot better, IMO, than what they have put out before.
As for the non-Pixar flicks... Surf's Up was a good one.
April 10th, 2010 #17
I agree, Surf's Up is very good, and quite underappreciated. I confess I haven't seen Kung Fu Panda, Flushed Away, or Over the Hedge, but all of the non-Pixar animations I've seen lately, either in part or in full (Ice Age 2, Horton Hears a Who, Monsters vs. Aliens, Bee Movie, Meet the Robinsons, Shrek 3), have been either pretty mediocre or downright awful and stupid. I seem to have poor judgment and bad luck when it comes to choosing the animated movies I see.
Anyway, prolly gonna see this either this weekend or this next week. Hopefully it will redeem my moviegoing experience of last weekend (Clash of the Titans...shudder).
April 10th, 2010 #18
i just got back from cinema...GO VIEW IT! that was the most thought trough story i've seen in a LONG time. everything made perfect sense to me,and not one scene was boring. i had quite some chuckles, MANY "whoa man" moments, and some "oh fuck" ones.
seriously,this was perfect.
new favourite animated movie.
edit: now that i've actually seen the trailer,i can agree that yes,the movie is much better than insinuated.
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April 10th, 2010 #19
Great movie, I was really suprised how good it was. Untill now, Dreamworks have imo not been that good at all. With this movie, they have really redeemed themselves, maybe going to see it again.
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April 11th, 2010 #20
I loved it, too!!
But I agree with ChristianWeeks, the title sounds kinda lame...
But it's an awesome movie nonetheless!
I so want to have the 'Art of How to Train Your Dragon' book. Love the designs
April 11th, 2010 #21
This movie was very good! I'm glad it lived up to all the rave reviews. It's tied with Surf's Up, in my opinion, as the Dreamworks animation that comes closest to Pixar's level in creating genuine characters and humor. The design work was great! I loved Toothless's expressions and body language.
There are only two things I would change about it. First, I would have liked the rest of the dragon fighting trainees to be fleshed out more. They were good characters, especially the overconfident one, but I don't think we got to know them enough. Secondly, the dragons were awesome, but show more of them! I wanted to see more of the species from the book!
April 11th, 2010 #22
Well this is a surprise. I'm going to see it this weekend but was going to do so with ... well not the highest expectations... Then again I didn't think Bolt was going to be that great either, and was happily mistaken.
Looking forward to seeing it! Thanks guys.
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April 11th, 2010 #24
Yeah, kinda come to the conclusion that if an animation has a bad trailer then it might be worth looking into. From what I can gather they work so much on the actual movie that the trailer only just has enough time to be slapped together to get an advertising presence .... not sure how accurate that assumption is though.
April 11th, 2010 #25
Got out of the theater over an hour ago - still can't wipe the smile from my face. During the film, there were genuine moments of tears of joy. Pure joy.
Toothless, quite frankly, is one of the best animated characters in a LONG time; if not, ever. Hats off to that character's animators as they obviously spent a lot of time studying the behaviours of both cats and dogs. Wow.
John Powell's score is pitch perfect, too! Without that score, I doubt the movie would have been that effective. Never been a big fan of Dreamworks, but that changes with THIS movie. And from what I've heard, Pixar also had a hand in the production.
This movie was soaring and a whole effin loads of fun. The art/animation was a joy to behold as it ALL was in service to the story. All you had to do was sit back and enjoy.
And I saw it in 2d! A 3d viewing is definitely happening later this week.
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I enjoyed it more than Avatar. Granted Avatar had some AMAZING visuals, but How to Train Your Dragon was less pretentious. I had a great time and actually wouldn't mind seeing it again. Chris Sanders has this knack for making really wide headed creatures extremely enjoyable. Now I want to add Toothless to my insane Stitch Collection.
April 14th, 2010 #29
I just wish you could find more memorabilia to this movie! Only Wal-Mart is selling the figures and, when I tried hunting for figures the other day, virtually all stores their pegs were EMPTY. Only one had a few figures left!
I dare you to try and find a decent looking plushie of Toothless anywhere too! Unless it's custom made the store bought stuff is pretty lame looking. I might just learn how to sew at this point so I can have a nice looking dragon plushie!
I'm with Patricia too! I saw it in 2D and I think this Sat I'll see it in 3D.
April 14th, 2010 #30
Someone share with me, please.
How did this movie differ from your usual Dreamworks picture? I usually stray from them like the plague, because I'm not one for butt jokes and other oh-so-popular "kid" humor.
This looked like a good movie, though, and I kinda wanted to see it. But I swear to god if I wind up seeing another kung fu panda or madagascar I'll gouge one of my eyes out.
Help? My wife and I are kinda interested in seeing the cute dragon.