|How to Train Your Dragon|
|Directed by||Chris Sanders
|Produced by||Bonnie Arnold
|Written by||Adam F. Goldberg
Cressida Cowell (Story)
|Music by||John Powell|
|Editing by||Darren T. Holmes|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Release date(s)||March 26, 2010|
How to Train Your Dragon, also known as How to Train Your Dragon 3D, is an upcoming computer-animated film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the 2003 book of that same title. The film stars the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Craig Ferguson. The film is scheduled to be released on March 26, 2010. The trailer was shown in front of A Christmas Carol. A second one minute trailer was shown before Avatar. A third trailer was shown before Alice in Wonderland.
The film is set in a mythical world of Vikings and dragons. The story centers around a viking teenager named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), who lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teen’s smarts and offbeat sense of humor is disliked by his tribe and its chief, Hiccup’s father, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler). However, when Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other viking teens, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. After he entangles a dragon with a bolas-shooting cannon, Hiccup releases and ends up befriending the dragon, who he dubs Toothless. This relationship flips his world upside down as he strives to convince his tribe that they don't need to be dragon-slayers but he ends up making the tribe angry and they lead a attack on the dragons home.
In initial development, the plot followed the original novel closely but was then altered. About halfway through production, Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois took over as co-directors. The original plot was "heavily loyal to the book" but was regarded as geared to a too-young demographic and too "sweet" and "whimsical", according to Baruchel. In the novel, Hiccup's dragon Toothless is incredibly small for a dragon. In the film, Toothless is a Night Fury, the rarest of all dragons, and is large enough to serve as a flying mount for both Hiccup and the girl Astrid.
An advance screening resulted in a financial analyst projecting the film to be a major boost for the studio due to a strong marketing plan, merchandising opportunities and potential for sequels. The film was expected to be heavily promoted during the 2010 Winter Olympics prior to its release date of March 26, 2010. The videogame of the same name will be produced by Glu Mobile.
The film has received positive early reviews and currently holds a 100% 'Fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 5 reviews. The film was cited as one reason Baruchel was named as one of the top 10 new actors to watch by MSNBC/Entertainment Weekly.
Due to children's holidays in Russia, the movie will have a limited run starting on March 13, 2010, going into wide release on March 18, 2010, two weeks prior to the North American release.
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