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Retro Rewind: ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ captures the heart

April 17, 2020 by Brett LaBore


Throughout the history of film, there have been many movies that have meant a lot to a person, a movie that is special and brings out many emotions. For me, that movie is “How to Train Your Dragon.”

“How to Train Your Dragon” came out March 26, 2010 and features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig and T.J. Miller.

It was directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders. DeBlois and Sanders also wrote the movie along with Will Davies.

Recently celebrating its 10-year anniversary, “How to Train Your Dragon” has been an enormous hit for DreamWorks. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, there have been two sequels and several television/streaming shows and shorts that have come out since its release.

Hiccup wants to be like everybody else. When Hiccup tries to kill a dragon, he ends up learning who they really are. An unbreakable bond gets formed as Hiccup sets out to find the truth of the mysteries of dragons.

I absolutely love this movie. The dragons, the characters, the setting, the feeling of flying and the incredible music make it amazing.

This movie will always be special to me because it brings me back to starting my job here at The Lakeland Times. After watching “How to Train Your Dragon,” I moved to Minocqua and all the songs and themes bring me back.

One of the best parts of the movie is the bond Hiccup forms with this dragon he calls Toothless. This relationship gets stronger and stronger as Hiccup builds his trust with Toothless. The whole movie is predicated on their relationship.

Out of all the human characters, Astrid is my favorite. She is just so awesome. She has an axe, isn’t afraid to take on a fight and is really supportive of Hiccup in the end. I love the way her character grows in the sequels and how cool her personality is. Her dragon, Stormfly, is also one of my favorites. And the voice work by Ferrera is perfect for Astrid. 

One of my other favorite relationships in the movie is that of Hiccup and Astrid. Hiccup likes Astrid, but Astrid doesn’t really like him… at least at the start. After a ride on Toothless, Astrid starts to fall for Hiccup and it makes me so happy. 

Hiccup and Astrid are one of my favorite all-time movie couples. The scene of them flying together on Toothless is so magical.

A big reason I love this movie, as do others, is the magnificent score by Powell. The music, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Score, is what takes this movie to another level. It is my favorite soundtrack of any movie. I can’t think of one that is better.

I love “Test Drive” as Hiccup learns to ride Toothless for the first time. I get chills every time I hear it. “Forbidden Friendship" is a great score as well, capturing the bond forming between Toothless and Hiccup.

I also love the music when Astrid and Hiccup fly on Toothless for the first time together called “Romantic Flight.” If it wasn’t already romantic and magical enough, the music brings it home. 

Powell’s music is nothing short of a masterpiece and he brings every emotion to the table in “How to Train Your Dragon.” Thank you Mr. Powell.

An elite story, fun characters, fantastic cinematography, an incredible score and dragons have all made “How to Train Your Dragon” an amazing movie worth celebrating 10 years later.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]


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