So yeah, I've been postponing this review for a while now, because it should be no surprised that I loved this movie since I loved the sequel. The story is very familiar, but so are a variety of movies these days - even some of the classics had ideas that weren't original thoughts. The way How to Train your Dragon is special is that it has a relationship that you really care about even after it ends. I learned after I saw this movie that polar bears regurgitate food for their babies. During a similar scene, I felt it was put in there to add the even more huggable relationship.
It's been the vikings versus the dragons for three centuries, starting when the dragons began stealing food. If you were robbed, it would be hard to look into the robber's life other than that they stole. The chief of the vikings' son Hiccup has always been an outcast and a screwup, so much so that almost every viking would rather hunt down the queen than stay with him. He's not a troublemaker on purpose, though. One day, using one of his inventions that allows him to throw rope traps, he captures the rarest and one of the fiercest dragons of all time, but when he finds it, they communicate just with the looks in their eyes, of how scared they both are. Slowly after, starting wit a bad beginning on how both can't kill the other because of how scared they are, they both learn the culture of their enemy and become partners in flight after the mighty Night Fury seemed to have lost a wing on it's tail that allows it to glide and therefore, fly at all.
Let's get something straight: I may be doing a lot of reviews on Dreamworks Animation movies now. In my opinion, Dreamworks is at their best when they have a movie that's less cartoon, more movie. Let me make myself more clear. When a Dreamworks movie tries to rethink modern history. One thing I don't think Dreamworks is good at is making movie trailers. Most of them give too much away and or annoy you to heck. How to Train your Dragon feels like it was made by a relationship that began between human and animal, and avoids any bad ideas in the process. Something that's surprising is this movie only took a year to make, and it was mostly because Dreamworks was in a big hurry to finish it. Maybe it's the rush that gave this movie so much scary action. I hope Dreamworks does this more often, but somehow I doubt they will.
I know that it's possible to dislike any film. This one however, I don't see how anyone could give it a zero. Everyone I know likes this movie, especially me. Toothless is the sole reason. Just seeing his puppy eyes when calm and fierce cat eyes when fierce is worth whatever price Blu-ray throws at you.