Sunday, April 4, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon

From beginning to end, this film is part of the continual evolution of animation- and it is incredible. Some of the scenic animation is so good that it is hard to believe it is not actual footage of water or land. The scenes on the ocean are fantastic. The flight sequences put you right in the picture. I almost felt the wind on my face. (that would have been a nice touch!) The story tells a tale of a boy who, by giving an animal (dragon) a chance, begins to understand the creature. It's a story of war and peace and father and son, in a good way. The girls are strong characters, too. The score is lovely. Fortunately, the voice actors are not so iconic that their voices distract. I truly found nothing to criticize in this film. It is a much better film than UP because it doesn't go into sappy, distracting story lines that are preachy (the end of UP was inexplicable)- it simply tells a story that is a fairy tale. And it is so likeable that even the little kids in the movie are quiet and mesmerized. The 3D is done very well- no headaches reported. I do foresee a time where 3D may have run its course- but not for animation. I think it is here to stay, and it is just a matter of time until you have to order your own custom 3D glasses to your prescription. I am giving it 4 stars. It deserves it.