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How to Train Your Dragon.

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  • King RiptorKing Riptor Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Near as I can tell the Movie shares some names and the basic premise of Dragons and Vikings and not much else.

    Mind you based on the summaries of the books I can't say that's a bad thing

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  • Alfred J. KwakAlfred J. Kwak Registered User
    edited April 2010
    Near as I can tell the Movie shares some names and the basic premise of Dragons and Vikings and not much else.

    Mind you based on the summaries of the books I can't say that's a bad thing

    Yeah, I'm not complaining either. I'm glad that they decided to do their own thing instead of sticking close to the source material, and the changes they made, apparently (Hiccup being older, giving Toothless a totally different personality and appearance, having the dragons not speak to each other).

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  • DangerousDangerous Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I also saw the movie last night, mostly due to the praise it's been getting around these parts. I found it really enjoyable all around. I liked how the dragons behaved more like real animals. The dragon didn't just automatically understand everything Hiccup said, he actually had to approach it more like you would a wild animal.

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  • RandomEngyRandomEngy Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    This was a fun movie. I thought Hiccup had a perfectly appropriate voice actor and acting job.

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  • Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Dangerous wrote: »
    I also saw the movie last night, mostly due to the praise it's been getting around these parts. I found it really enjoyable all around. I liked how the dragons behaved more like real animals. The dragon didn't just automatically understand everything Hiccup said, he actually had to approach it more like you would a wild animal.

    They're pretty much cats.
    The grass that Toothless rolls in is catnip, the light from his hammer/shield like a laser pointer, the way they move while on the ground.

    Smart, I think. The audience automatically understands the interaction between human and dragon.

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  • Andrew_JayAndrew_Jay Registered User
    edited April 2010
    Dac wrote: »
    I was surprised that they
    maimed the protagonist. Ballsy for what is ostensibly a "kid's movie" these days.
    Yeah, I went in expecting the whole "respect and understand" the dragons plot, but what crept up on me and surprised me was . . .
    . . . what I guess I'd call the film's theme of "disability". Three of the main characters are "disabled": Gobber is missing his hand and foot, Toothless has an injured tail and in the end Hiccup loses his leg. That was a nice feature of the story.

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  • SpeedySwafSpeedySwaf Registered User
    edited April 2010
    Speaking of this movie, it's total domestic gross is at $133 mil. It made almost as much this week as last week, essentially.

    Shows what good word-of-mouth can do. At this rate it might go beyond $200 mil.

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  • So It GoesSo It Goes We keep moving...Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I loved this. And Toothless kept reminding me of my cat.

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  • Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Andrew_Jay wrote: »
    Dac wrote: »
    I was surprised that they
    maimed the protagonist. Ballsy for what is ostensibly a "kid's movie" these days.
    Yeah, I went in expecting the whole "respect and understand" the dragons plot, but what crept up on me and surprised me was . . .
    . . . what I guess I'd call the film's theme of "disability". Three of the main characters are "disabled": Gobber is missing his hand and foot, Toothless has an injured tail and in the end Hiccup loses his leg. That was a nice feature of the story.
    Also, cooperation. Toothless can't fly without Hiccup to control the artificial tail stabilizer. And while it was only for a moment after first standing up, Hiccup relied on Toothless to help him walk. I was kind of hoping that Hiccup would be as dependent on Toothless as the dragon was on him, but going that far may have been a little too serious.

    Hey, that reminds me, about the only thing I think they missed in the film:
    Astrid could've had a more complex role. Have her always be in love with Hiccup, but because he's a pansy she doesn't respect him - so that makes her really hard on him. So hard, since she wants him to be someone she can respect, that he thinks she hates him. Could've also made the scene when she essentially is broken by Toothless diving and spinning more dramatic. Anyway, just something I thought about while watching.

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  • So It GoesSo It Goes We keep moving...Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Astrid was a little incomplete, yeah.

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  • Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    So It Goes wrote: »
    Astrid was a little incomplete, yeah.
    I thought she gave in to Hiccup wanting to keep the nest a secret a little easily, as well. She went from being a badass to a sidekick in like two minutes flat.

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  • SpoitSpoit *twitch twitch* Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Just saw it in "imax" 3D. Makes me realize that, while worse than RealD, the 3D technology isn't quite as bad as I originally thought. The people who did the 3D in Harry potter were just incompetent. And the 3D in this movie was actually pretty good too, they found a good balance between the gimicky in-your face methods and pixar's barely even there not worth it amount of 3D.

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  • KastanjKastanj __BANNED USERS
    edited April 2010
    Vikings ain't Scots. If Vikings were Scots, they would be Scots, not Vikings.

    I'm suing.

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  • WinkyWinky Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Andrew_Jay wrote: »
    Dac wrote: »
    I was surprised that they
    maimed the protagonist. Ballsy for what is ostensibly a "kid's movie" these days.
    Yeah, I went in expecting the whole "respect and understand" the dragons plot, but what crept up on me and surprised me was . . .
    . . . what I guess I'd call the film's theme of "disability". Three of the main characters are "disabled": Gobber is missing his hand and foot, Toothless has an injured tail and in the end Hiccup loses his leg. That was a nice feature of the story.
    I was delighted by how they went about handling the tail thing. How Toothless needed Hiccup in order to fly, it made the whole concept of him tolerating Hiccup a lot more believable. It also does a wonderful job of showing Hiccup's ingenuity. And of course, how it makes that tie between them.

    Also, I found the breast-plate helmet bit rather humorous.

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  • SipexSipex Registered User
    edited April 2010
    I saw this and was hyped for it because of this thread and it was still amazing. I'm glad to see Dreamworks get it right.

    Unfortunately Dispicable Me doesn't look like it's going along the same lines.

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  • Alfred J. KwakAlfred J. Kwak Registered User
    edited April 2010
    To be fair, based on the minimal exposure I had to the movie before being swayed into seeing it by the RT score, I thought HtTYD was going to be horrible as well. And now it's up there with Pixar's best work.

    The next Dreamworks movies really don't look very good, though.

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  • DacDac Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I've noticed that a lot of good animated movies lately have had poor previews.

    Hell, even Up! for the longest time had the most plain, boring, uninformative preview ever, and that movie was probably the best animated film I've seen in, like, ten years.

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  • Salvation122Salvation122 Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Took my girl to this on Saturday. Went to the midnight showing, so there was basically no one there; we both really really enjoyed it.

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  • Mai-KeroMai-Kero Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I went to see this at this badass one screen theatre that has a ton of seats and a bar inside.

    I went with a group of 6 people. There were only about four other people there. I'm expecting that's because HtTYD isn't a drinking movie.

    Kick-ass opens up next week, I think it'll be a tad more packed for that.

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  • SeptusSeptus Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I thought this movie was quite enjoyable, but not particularly exceptional as I had heard. It seemed like pretty standard Dreamworks fare, only a little cuter. It's probably not something I would go out of my way to recommend like a number of Pixar movies.

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  • ShadowenShadowen Snores in the morning Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    This movie was awesome. In every possible meaning.

    An example that made me almost literally smack my gob:
    I'm a daydreamer who can't be arsed to get up and write most of the time. The Titanicus Maximus is basically one of the visions in my head--a dragon being chased by another dragon, the size of a mountain, or at least a large hill--come to life. In 3D and on a big screen it was outright astonishing.

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  • DanHibikiDanHibiki Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Saw it in 3d and had lots of fun. I wouldn't mind a less winy main character, but a fun kids movie non the less.

    edit: well, not 'winy', more like 'monotone'.

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  • IncenjucarIncenjucar Audio Game Developer Seattle, WARegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I quite enjoyed it.

    Frankly I fully expected them to have one line that gets repeated multiple times in the movie. That's all over movies lately.

    Really really.

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  • corcorigancorcorigan Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I am seeing it at on an IMAX screen later. Exciting!

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  • ShadowenShadowen Snores in the morning Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Incenjucar wrote: »
    I quite enjoyed it.

    Frankly I fully expected them to have one line that gets repeated multiple times in the movie. That's all over movies lately.

    Really really.

    Besides,
    "You just gestured to all of me"
    is only three times.

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  • EmperorSethEmperorSeth Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Without checking the thread out of spoiler riskage, I wanted to know how worth it the 3D is. Is it more like Avatar or Alice, where you are missing if the point if you don't see it in 3D, or more like Clash, where the 3D is apparently pretty unimportant, if not distracting?

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  • CimmeriiCimmerii SpaceOperaGhost Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    This was made with 3D in mind, so the majority of it looks awesome, there's a few places where it's awkward, but I'd definitely recommend seeing it in 3D.

    This is not like Titans where it was crappily added in as an afterthought.

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  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Saw this recently in 3D and I was blown away by some of the scenes (plus I found out that my girlfriend looks pretty cute in the big glasses, but that's by the by).

    As a Viking fan / ex-scholar, I had a big shit-eating grin on my face for most of the film - I loved the whole aesthetic and the humour, and the dragon designs were pretty cool, even if
    they were in part designed for the pairing off of student to dragon at the end. My girlfriend went one further with this idea by claiming that the "I saw myself in the dragon" thing that Hiccup has going on is a Viking-age literary theme which is also seen in the last third of Beowulf :P
    .

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  • DeadlySherpaDeadlySherpa Registered User
    edited April 2010
    The 3D will definitely improve your watching experience. But improve it 7-10 dollar's worth? That's up to you.

    One of the things I enjoyed about the movie was the terrific musical score. I hadn't given it much thought during the movie but randomly caught a track on youtube and it was very compelling.

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  • ÆthelredÆthelred Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I really loved this fillum.

    I saw it with an audience full of kids too, but they were all right. The little girl in the row in front of me was really sweet. I think she slept through most of it, but at one point she was standing up (only small) and reaching towards the characters, going "hello! hello :-) .. hello!"

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  • ElJeffeElJeffe Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited April 2010
    Saw it with my daughter, and it was pretty great. Didn't see it in 3D, because I don't consider it worth the extra few bucks (no, not even for Alice).

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  • DacDac Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    That's okay, because Alice was a pretty mediocre film anyway.

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  • Nova_CNova_C I have the need The need for speedRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    3D is like $3 more here. You guys are paying upwards of $10 extra for 3D? Man.

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  • EmperorSethEmperorSeth Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I ended up seeing the 3D version. Besides, it was on 45 minutes earlier, so it was more convenient. Oh, in my case, 3D means 3D IMAX, so it is even bigger and costs even more. I was quite impressed, but I'm worried about something. I'm a wannabe screenwriter, so I'm starting to get that "film-analyzer" brain. You know, tracking the acts, comparing the movie to my own stuff, and so on. Objectively I would say that it's not as good as the top tier Pixars, but it was a very impressive movie, especially visually.

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  • ElJeffeElJeffe Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited April 2010
    It was nowhere near as good as your average Pixar film. It was awesome, but it was a popcorn movie. Dreamworks films aspire to be nothing more, but that's fine - popcorn movies need love, too.

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  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Two things I noticed while watching the credits:
    David Tennant has a very small role as a Viking.

    There were like a dozen musicians playing the war pipes - that's a properly Viking-sounding instrument, if geographically inconsistent.

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  • ElJeffeElJeffe Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited April 2010
    I was pleasantly surprised to find that Gerard Butler did the voice of the dad. I heard him speak, and I was all, "Oh sweet, it's Leonidas!" He has an excellent bad-ass voice. Even when he's doing rom-coms, he sounds like he could kick your ass.

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  • Rhesus PositiveRhesus Positive GNU Terry Pratchett Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Gerard Butler clearly has a goal to act as the most awesome nationalities of all time.

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  • MelksterMelkster Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Well, well, well.

    Looks like the little dragon movie is back at the top of the box office.

    Looks like word of mouth is taking this movie far. And seeing as how there are no animated/family films on the horizon for a long while, I think it soar even higher.

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  • RandomEngyRandomEngy Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    The 3D will definitely improve your watching experience. But improve it 7-10 dollar's worth? That's up to you.

    One of the things I enjoyed about the movie was the terrific musical score. I hadn't given it much thought during the movie but randomly caught a track on youtube and it was very compelling.

    Yeah I was the same way. One of my friends really loves the soundtrack and he eventually goaded me into downloading it for $8 from Amazon. Well worth it! Some really strong themes from Powell. Also loved his stuff from the Bourne movies.

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