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How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

  • Rate: 8.2/10 total 134,147 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Family | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 26 March 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 98 min
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How to Train Your Dragon (2010)


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  • IMDb page: How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
  • Rate: 8.2/10 total 134,147 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Family | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 26 March 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 98 min
  • Budget: $165,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $217,387,997(USA)(18 July 2010)
  • Stars: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler and Christopher Mintz-Plasse
  • Original Music By: John Powell   
  • Soundtrack: Sticks and Stones
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Dragon | Viking | Battle | Night | Island

Writing Credits By:

  • William Davies (screenplay) (as Will Davies) and
  • Dean DeBlois (screenplay) &
  • Chris Sanders (screenplay)
  • Cressida Cowell (book)

Known Trivia

  • David Tennant, who narrated the ‘How To Train Your…’ Audio Books, also narrates some features on the film’s website and voices a cameo role, though his character is not identified within the film.
  • When Hiccup reads the Dragon Manual, the writings in it are actually in plain English cryptographed into runes. With a small effort, you can read what Hiccup is saying, e.g. “Speed Unknown”.
  • The appearance and personality of Toothless was inspired by cats, dogs, and horses. The face also bears some resemblance to the giant salamander, largest amphibian in the world.
  • In the book of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, Hiccup doesn’t have a love interest. Furthermore, Toothless the dragon in the book is about the size of the Terrible Terror breed, and he is also green and red, not black. Toothless also got his name because when Hiccup first found him he had no teeth. He grew one tooth, only to lose it shortly later. The producers decided, with the approval of author Cressida Cowell, that it would be more cinematic to make Toothless large enough to be ridden as a flying mount. As such, Toothless was completely redesigned as a rare Night Fury, a highly intelligent breed of dragon evolved for speed and stealth. His personal name in the film derives from Hiccup’s observation about how his teeth are normally retracted into his jaws so they don’t interfere with his fire breathing, which is typically projected as an explosive pulse.
  • The creature sounds and audio effects in the film were mostly created at Skywalker Sound.
  • The sounds of Toothless (the Night Fury) are a combination of various sounds, including the voice of Supervising Sound Designer Randy Thom, elephant seals, elephants, horses, tigers, and even domestic cats. The elephant seal sounds used were recordings of elephant seal pups at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA, a marine mammal hospital that rescues, rehabilitates and releases sick and injured seals, sea lions, whales, and dolphins.
  • The sounds the Terrible Terrors make, including growling, are actually based upon a purebred Chihuahua named Paco from Cottage Grove, Oregon. Nia Hansen, a sound designer at Skywalker Sound, contacted his owners after seeing a video of Paco on YouTube, and Paco was paid $100 for his voice work.
  • The hammer used by Stoick bears a strong resemblance to the mythological hammer Mjolnir wielded by Thor.
  • The Night Fury dragon species was originally going to be be more wolf like in appearance. Instead, a Dreamworks employee’s computer screen saver of a black leopard inspired the film’s creators to make Toothless more feline in appearance.
  • The name of the village, Berk, is a British derogatory term derived from the cockney rhyming slang “Berkshire Hunt”. “Berk” is commonly used as an affectionate put down for a fool by people unaware of its true origins.

Goofs: Factual errors: Astrid's patronym is Hofferson when, according to Norse traditions, it should be Hoffersdóttir. While patronymic names are no longer used exclusively in Nordic countries, and while the suffixes have since changed (-dotter/-datter in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark; though Iceland still uses -dóttir), during the Viking era patronyms were always used in place of family names and -dóttir was the suffix for a daughter.

Plot: A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. Full summary »  »

Story: Long ago up North on the Island of Berk, the young Viking, Hiccup, wants to join his town's fight against the dragons that continually raid their town. However, his macho father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can't bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he dubs Toothless, begin a friendship that would open up both their worlds as the observant boy learns that his people have misjudged the species. But even as the two each take flight in their own way, they find that they must fight the destructive ignorance plaguing their world.Written by Kenneth Chisholm (  


Synopsis: A Viking boy called Hiccup (voice: Jay Baruchel) introduces his village of Berk ("it’s been here for seven generations, but every single building is new"). The village is attacked by dragons, who steal food (mostly sheep) and set things on fire (hence all the new buildings). The villagers grab weapons and try to fight the dragons off. Despite being told by every adult in sight to go indoors, Hiccup hauls out a bolas-shooting cannon he made himself and shoots a dragon out of the night sky. (As assistant to the village blacksmith, Gobber (voice: Craig Ferguson), Hiccup has access to tools and materials and knows how to use them.) The dragon lands in the woods some distance form the village and no one believes that he hit anything, so it’s the next day before Hiccup can go looking for it. It turns out to be a rare and deadly Night Fury, but Hiccup can’t make himself kill it. Instead he releases it — whereupon it also refrains from killing Hiccup — and it flies off through the trees.

Hiccup discovers that the dragon (which he eventually calls Toothless because of its retractable teeth) has holed up in a steep-sided valley because it can no longer fly more than a few feet at a time. While sketching the dragon, Hiccup realizes that it’s missing a tail fin. He makes a prosthetic tail fin out of leather. The new fin helps, but Toothless can’t control it and inadvertently takes Hiccup for a ride, giving him a clear idea of what’s needed to help the dragon fly right. In a series of workshop and test flight scenes, Hiccup builds and perfects a saddle, a control mechanism for the tail fin, and a safety harness.

Meanwhile, Hiccup’s father Stoick (voice: Gerard Butler) has signed him up for dragon training with Gobber, which is very different from the training he’s already doing with Toothless: he’s going to learn to fight dragons. At first, he’s the worst student in the class. Since Hiccup has always been an accident-prone klutz, this comes as no surprise to his classmates Astrid (voice: America Ferrera), Snotlout (voice: Jonah Hill), Fishlegs (voice: Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Ruffnut (voice: Kristen Wiig), and her twin brother Tuffnut (voice: T.J. Miller). (Hiccup’s a little sweet on Astrid.) Before long, Hiccup is able to use some things he’s learned while working with Toothless to soothe and manage the school’s practice dragons. (It turns out dragons are just big kitty-cats: they like to be petted, there’s a kind of grass that’s like cat-nip to them, and they love fish (but hate eels).) When Stoick returns from a failed search for the fabled nest of the dragons, he’s surprised but thrilled to hear that his son is doing brilliantly at dragon training. He gives Hiccup a horned helmet made from one of his dead mother’s breastplates. But Hiccup, as usual, is unable to get around his father’s expectations and speak frankly, so he can’t explain that his success at dragon school is unlikely to lead to the slaying of any dragons.

When Hiccup subdues a practice dragon, unintentionally earning the privilege of killing it before the entire village, he’s horrified and decides to flee with Toothless. However Astrid, having noticed Hiccup’s frequent disappearances and secretive behavior, is suspicious. She follows him to the hidden valley and sees Toothless. Unable to explain his relationship with the dragon, Hiccup takes her flying, and she’s captivated. But they get caught up in a flock of dragons returning to their nest carrying food. The dragons fly inside a mountainous island and drop the food into a pit, which turns out to contain a huge, terrifying, and very hungry dragon that eats the smaller ones if they don’t bring it enough food. Hiccup and Astrid and shocked to realize that the dragons have been stealing their sheep to keep from being eaten themselves. When they get home, Hiccup convinces Astrid not to reveal the location of the dragon nest. Before she goes, she punches him in the arm and says "That’s for kidnapping me." Then she kisses him and says "That’s for everything else."

Everything goes wrong at the dragon-killing ceremony. Hiccup discards his weapons in an attempt to show the Vikings that dragons only fight to defend themselves, but Stoick and others intervene and the dragon attacks. Toothless comes to the rescue and is on the verge of killing Stoick when Hiccup calls Toothless off. Despite Hiccup’s protests, the angry Vikings chain Toothless up. When he ineptly tries to explain, Hiccup lets it slip that Toothless took him to the nest of the dragons, and Stoick resolves to use Toothless to find the nest again. He won’t listen to Hiccup’s warnings about the giant dragon. He loads Toothless on his ship and the Viking fleet sails off with all the warriors in the village, disowning Hiccup and leaving him behind. When Hiccup wonders aloud why he didn’t kill Toothless when he had the chance since it would have avoided all of this, Astrid challenges him to explain why. In doing so, Hiccup comes to an epiphany about his moral character, his personal strength and Astrid’s faith in him. Inspired, Hiccup and his classmates mount the practice dragons and fly off in pursuit of the fleet.

At the dragons’ island, the Vikings use catapults to break open the side of the mountain in which the giant dragon is trapped. When it comes out, Stoick realizes that he’s made a mistake. He resolves to fight it himself to buy the other Vikings time to escape; Gobber volunteers to join him. While Stoick and Gobber prepare to sacrifice themselves to distract the dragon, the kids arrive to join the battle. They do manage to distract the giant dragon a little, but it sets the Vikings’ ships on fire. While his comrades keep the giant dragon occupied, Hiccup tries to rescue Toothless (who’s still in chains) from the burning ship, but they end up under water and Stoick rescues both of them. Then Toothless and Hiccup go after the giant dragon together. They draw it up into the clouds and away from the Vikings, trying to get it to crash on the island. In the end Toothless releases a blast into the giant dragon’s open mouth and it crashes and burns, apparently taking our heroes down with it — we see Hiccup fall toward the fire as Toothless tries desperately to catch him. On the ground, a heartbroken Stoick approaches the wounded Toothless wondering what has become of his son; Toothless opens his wings to show that he saved Hiccup. ("Well, most of him," Gobber remarks cryptically.)

Back at home, Hiccup wakes up and Toothless urges him out of bed. Hiccup finds that he lost his left foot in the battle with the giant dragon. However, Gobber has made him a new one, ingeniously spring-loaded. (Hiccup and Toothless now have matching disabilities.) They go out into the village, which is full of swooping, frolicking dragons; the Vikings now treat them as pets. Astrid greets Hiccup with a kiss. Supplied by Gobber with a new tail fin prosthetic and saddle for Toothless, Hiccup takes flight with Astrid and his friends as he exults at the new alliance of Vikings and Dragons.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Bonnie Arnold known as producer
  • Kristine Belson known as executive producer
  • Michael A. Connolly known as co-producer
  • Doug Davison known as co-producer
  • Karen Foster known as co-producer
  • Tim Johnson known as executive producer
  • Roy Lee known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jay Baruchel known as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (voice)
  • Gerard Butler known as Stoick the Vast (voice)
  • Craig Ferguson known as Gobber the Belch (voice)
  • America Ferrera known as Astrid Hofferson (voice)
  • Jonah Hill known as Snotlout (voice)
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse known as Fishlegs (voice)
  • T.J. Miller known as Tuffnut (voice)
  • Kristen Wiig known as Ruffnut (voice)
  • Robin Atkin Downes known as Ack (voice)
  • Philip McGrade known as Starkard (voice)
  • Kieron Elliott known as Hoark the Haggard (voice)
  • Ashley Jensen known as Phlegma the Fierce (voice)
  • David Tennant known as Spitelout (voice)



Supporting Department

Art Department:
  • John-Eric Cardon de Lichtbuer known as visual development
  • Jonathan B. Lee known as research assistant
  • Emil Mitev known as visual development artist
  • Wilbert Plijnaar known as concept artist
  • Caprice Ann Ridgeway known as art researcher
  • Nicolas Weis known as visual development artist
  • Margaret Wuller known as visual development artist
  • Michael Yamada known as visual development artist
  • Melchior Zwyer known as visual development artist
  • Matthew Kemper known as story & layout intern: DreamWorks (uncredited)
  • Zhaoping Wei known as visual development (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • DreamWorks Animation (presents)
  • Mad Hatter Entertainment
  • Mad Hatter Films
  • Vertigo Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • 5 Cat Studios  score mixed at
  • Air Lyndhurst Studios  music recorded at (as Air Studios, London)
  • DIVE  adr & animation reference capture
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Hear Kitty  additional dialogue recording
  • Hewlett Packard  workstations, servers and technical services
  • Howard Schwartz Recording  dialogue recording studio (as HSR/NY)
  • Isobel Griffiths Limited  orchestral contractor: London
  • L.A. Mad Dogs  adr
  • L.A. Studios, The  dialogue recording studio
  • Metro Voices  choir
  • Red Talent and Literary Agency  talent agency and representative
  • Shine  special sequence designed and produced by
  • Skywalker Sound  sound post-production
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack

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  • Paramount Japan (2010) (Japan) (theatrical) (as Paramount Pictures Japan)
  • Paramount Pictures Entertainment (2010) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2010) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2010) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2010) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2010) (New Zealand) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Denmark) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2010) (Portugal) (theatrical)
  • FX Network (2012) (USA) (TV)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2011) (USA) (TV)
  • Paramount Distribution
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (Spain) (2010) (Spain) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Fernanda S. Abarca known as surfacing artist
  • Motohisa Adachi known as effects developer
  • Evrim Akyilmaz known as visual effects
  • Gianni Aliotti known as lead lighter
  • John Allwine known as visual effects artist
  • Benjamin Andersen known as visual effects artist
  • Chris Armsden known as lighting technical director
  • Robert Armstrong known as lead technical director
  • David Badgerow known as final layout artist
  • Matt Baer known as head of effects
  • Jasper M. Baltzersen known as paint fix artist: PDI/DreamWorks
  • Kelly Barschig known as recruiter: DWA
  • Michael Baula known as paint fix artist: PDI/DreamWorks
  • Dugan Beach known as character effects animator
  • Greg Beckman known as visual effects artist
  • Matthew Beightol known as paint fix artist
  • Alena Bejenarou known as character technical director
  • Steven Blakey known as visual effects artist
  • Silviu Borac known as senior fx r&d engineer
  • Julie Anne Brame known as effects developer
  • Gregory Brentin known as supervising technical director
  • Nathalie Buce known as surfacing artist
  • Daniel Bunn known as rough layout artist
  • Craig Cannon known as paint fix artist
  • Mark T. Carlson known as effects engineer
  • Onny P. Carr known as lighting artist
  • Onny P. Carr known as visual effects artist
  • Gregg Carrier known as software engineer
  • Zachary Carter known as visual effects
  • Chloe Chao known as research and development
  • Robert Chen known as visual effects artist
  • Alan Cheney known as effects developer
  • David S. Cheng known as technical director
  • Vanessa Chiara known as dmr production coordinator: IMAX
  • Joong-ryang Choi known as character effects artist
  • Hermann Chong known as media tools engineer
  • Sebastien Chort known as lead lighting artist
  • Michael Clive known as digital artist
  • Bart Coughlin known as character technical director
  • Robert Edward Crawford known as lead layout artist
  • Damon Crowe known as character effects supervisor
  • Lawrence D. Cutler known as character technical director
  • Tony Davidson known as surfacing artist
  • Brian C. Davis known as visual effects artist
  • Kwesi Davis known as production engineer
  • Gilbert Davoud known as character technical director
  • Chris De St Jeor known as character effects animator
  • Justin DeCell known as lighting technical assistant
  • Mark A. Decker known as lighting artist
  • Sandy Dong known as surfacing artist
  • Scott Douglas known as animation technical director
  • Michael Duffy known as lighting technical director
  • Erin J. Elliott known as crowds artist
  • Charles Ellison known as modeler
  • Kolja Erman known as effects technical director
  • Tyson Erze known as visual effects artist
  • Ken Faiman known as character effects animator
  • Cassandra Fanning known as digital effects artist
  • Michael Farley known as digital effects
  • Peter Farson known as character technical director
  • Sean Fennell known as crowds supervisor
  • Louis Flores known as visual effects lead
  • Adam Gaige known as effects technical director
  • Akash Garg known as fx engineer
  • Ashraf Ghoniem known as character effects technical director
  • Jonathan Gibbs known as global lead
  • Greg Gibson known as computer systems engineer
  • Navjit Singh Gill known as lighting technical assistant
  • Juan Gonzalez known as layout artist
  • Darin K. Grant known as head of production technology
  • Landon Gray known as visual effects artist
  • Caroleen Green known as senior matte painter
  • Bill Gumina known as paint fix artist
  • Alex Gurevich known as lighting technical director
  • Glen Gustafson known as lighter
  • Jon Gutman known as final layout artist
  • Michael P. Hamler known as lead lighter
  • Susan Hayden known as CG supervisor
  • Andy Hayes known as visual effects artist
  • George Ho known as lighter
  • Cindy Hong known as lighter
  • Kevin Hoppe known as lighting ta
  • Nicholas Sanger Hoppe known as character effects animator
  • James Jackson known as lead visual effects artist
  • T.J. Jackson known as technical director
  • Sully Jacome-Wilkes known as surfacing artist
  • Ardie Johnson known as modeler
  • Amy Rae Jones known as lead lighting
  • Michael Cadwallader Jones known as visual effects animator (as Michael Jones)
  • Tobin Jones known as senior fx animator
  • David Jordan known as lighter
  • Kurt Kaminski known as lighting artist
  • David S. Karoll known as surfacing artist
  • Jeff Kasunic known as lead lighter: DreamWorks
  • Michelle Kater known as paint fix artist
  • Louis Katz known as matte painter
  • Tim Keenan known as effects developer
  • Blaine Kennison known as lighter
  • Laurent Kermel known as visual effects artist
  • Oth Khotsimeuang known as lighting artist
  • Michel Kinfoussia known as lead lighter & compositor
  • Soo Jin King known as surfacing artist
  • Steven Knipping known as lighting technical director
  • Apryl Knobbe known as matte painting supervisor
  • Robert Kopinsky known as visual effects artist
  • Ross Krothe known as technical lighter
  • Li-Lian Ku known as character technical director
  • Linda Kurgpold known as surfacing artist
  • Soongu Kwon known as modeler
  • Ken Lam known as lighter
  • Bernard Lebel known as layout technical director
  • Andre LeBlanc known as visual effects lead
  • John J.S. Lee known as lighter: DWA
  • Li-Ming 'Lawrence' Lee known as effects animator
  • Matt Lee known as digital layout artist
  • Erin Lehmkühl known as digital effects artist
  • Matthew Leishman known as character effects technical director
  • Michael Leonard known as previz artist
  • Jim Leuper known as effects engineer
  • Hamilton Lewis known as rough layout artist
  • Kent Lidke known as digital effects artist
  • Jeffrey B. Light known as character technical director supervisor
  • Olive Lin known as visual effects artist
  • Fabio Lissi known as production engineer
  • Igor Lodeiro known as lead lighter
  • Nathan Loofbourrow known as character technical director supervisor
  • Amber Stewart Lunderville known as lighter
  • Mark Macready known as lighting technical assistant
  • Cara Malek known as character technical director
  • Mariette Marinus known as character technical director
  • Jeffrey Martin known as character effects animator
  • Jason Mayer known as effects artist
  • Phil 'Captain 3D' McNally known as stereoscopic supervisor
  • Michael McNeill known as CG supervisor
  • Jose J. Medina known as animation technical director
  • Jacob K. Melvin known as technical director
  • Cliff B. Mitchell known as character technical director
  • Jonathan Fletcher Moore known as lighting artist
  • Melissa D. Moss known as paint fix artist: PDI/DreamWorks
  • Marcie Moura known as final layout artist
  • Ken Museth known as senior software engineer
  • Gaku Nakatani known as cg supervisor
  • Ori Neidich known as media tools & post-production technology engineer
  • Ronman Yiu Yan Ng known as cg supervisor
  • Sean W. Nolan known as character technical director
  • Alex Ongaro known as lead effects developer
  • Justin Onstine known as effects artist
  • Tanner Owen known as crowd animator
  • Patrick A. Palmer known as production engineer
  • Jennifer J. Pan known as surfacing technical director
  • Michael J. Pan known as production engineer
  • Hongseo Park known as character technical director
  • John Patton known as visual effects artist
  • Matthew Paulson known as modeling supervisor
  • Andrew Pearce known as director of reseach and development
  • Drew Perttula known as pipeline engineer
  • Jerome Platteaux known as compositor
  • Jerome Platteaux known as lead lighter & compositor
  • Sven Pohle known as character technical director
  • Jason Pomerantz known as senior digital artist (IMAX Version)
  • Bert Poole known as cg supervisor
  • Abhik Pramanik known as fx engineer
  • Andrew Pungprakearti known as digital effects artist
  • Thomas Pushpathadam known as visual effects artist
  • Gene Ragan known as technical lead
  • Celambarasan Ramasamy known as visual effects artist
  • Salvatore Richichi Jr. known as crowd technical director
  • Sabrina Riegel known as surfacing supervisor
  • Craig Ring known as visual effects supervisor
  • Paul Rivera known as matte artist
  • Eli Rod known as lead lighter
  • Andre Rodriguez Sr. known as modeler
  • Andrew Romine known as character effects animator
  • Allen Ruilova known as visual effects artist
  • Sheldon Serrao known as effects animator: PDI/Dreamworks
  • Priyes Shah known as senior lighting artist
  • Sameer Shah known as matte painter
  • Hannah Sherman known as lighting artist
  • Lauren Simpson known as visual effects artist
  • Pat Sito known as matte painting supervisor
  • Marty Sixkiller known as media tools supervisor
  • Aaron Smith known as cg supervisor
  • Karen Smith known as visual effects artist
  • Joon Taik Song known as effects animator
  • Jeremy Squires known as lighting technical director
  • Dug Stanat known as character technical director
  • Brock J. Stearn known as lighter
  • Matt Steele known as character technical director
  • Allen Stetson known as lead technical director
  • Curt Stewart known as effects artist
  • David Stodolny known as senior character animator
  • Chris Stover known as rough layout artist
  • Joe Ark Sun known as character effects
  • Kenji Sweeney known as lighter & compositor
  • Hector Tantoco known as digital effects artist (as H. Dante Tantoco)
  • Amy Taylor known as character effects animator
  • Britton Taylor known as digital effects artist
  • Stuart Tett known as visual effects artist
  • Andrew Titcomb known as digital layout artist
  • John Truong known as character effects animator
  • Pete Upson known as layout artist
  • Mauricio Valderrama known as stereo paint fix artist
  • David Patrick Valera known as layout artist
  • Jimmy Valladao known as lighter
  • Katie Van Maanen known as visual effects artist
  • Loren Van Wiel known as digital artist
  • Brent Villalobos known as production engineer
  • David Walden known as character technical director
  • Eric Walters known as lighting technical assistant
  • Gina Warr known as lead lighting artist
  • Brent Watkins known as character technical director
  • Jason P. Weber known as crowds artist
  • Eugene Wen known as lighting technical assistant
  • Andrew Wheeler known as effects lead
  • Rhiannon Leffanta Wilhelmi known as layout artist
  • David D. Wilson known as effects technical director
  • Youxi Woo known as effects technical director
  • Laura Wood known as production engineer
  • Stephen Wood known as visual effects animator
  • Masahito Yoshioka known as visual effects
  • Alfred Young known as lighter
  • Guido Zimmermann known as character technical director
  • Todd Zullo known as crowd animator
  • Spencer Knapp known as crowds artist (uncredited)
  • Mark Newport known as visual effects artist (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • Kazakhstan 18 March 2010
  • Russia 18 March 2010
  • Ukraine 18 March 2010
  • Philippines 19 March 2010
  • Romania 19 March 2010
  • Indonesia 20 March 2010
  • Portugal 20 March 2010 (premiere)
  • Argentina 25 March 2010
  • Australia 25 March 2010
  • Denmark 25 March 2010
  • Germany 25 March 2010
  • Hungary 25 March 2010
  • Israel 25 March 2010
  • Kuwait 25 March 2010
  • Lebanon 25 March 2010
  • Malaysia 25 March 2010
  • New Zealand 25 March 2010
  • Peru 25 March 2010
  • Portugal 25 March 2010
  • Singapore 25 March 2010
  • Switzerland 25 March 2010 (German speaking region)
  • Thailand 25 March 2010
  • United Arab Emirates 25 March 2010
  • Austria 26 March 2010
  • Brazil 26 March 2010
  • Canada 26 March 2010
  • Colombia 26 March 2010
  • Finland 26 March 2010
  • Italy 26 March 2010
  • Mexico 26 March 2010
  • Norway 26 March 2010
  • Panama 26 March 2010
  • South Africa 26 March 2010
  • Spain 26 March 2010
  • Sweden 26 March 2010
  • Taiwan 26 March 2010
  • USA 26 March 2010
  • Uruguay 26 March 2010
  • Venezuela 26 March 2010
  • Belgium 31 March 2010
  • Egypt 31 March 2010
  • France 31 March 2010
  • Iceland 31 March 2010
  • Ireland 31 March 2010
  • Netherlands 31 March 2010
  • Switzerland 31 March 2010 (French speaking region)
  • UK 31 March 2010
  • Chile 1 April 2010
  • Croatia 1 April 2010
  • Czech Republic 1 April 2010
  • Greece 1 April 2010
  • Hong Kong 1 April 2010
  • Slovakia 1 April 2010
  • Syria 1 April 2010
  • Cyprus 2 April 2010
  • Estonia 2 April 2010
  • Lithuania 2 April 2010
  • Poland 9 April 2010
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 15 April 2010
  • India 16 April 2010
  • Georgia 22 April 2010
  • Turkey 23 April 2010
  • Vietnam 23 April 2010
  • China 14 May 2010 (Beijing)
  • South Korea 20 May 2010
  • Japan 7 August 2010

MPAA: Rated PG for sequences of intense action and some scary images, and brief mild language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. toughsoulja from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:35 pm

    I watched How to Train Your Dragon about 5 times now, and it never getsboring. It actually keeps on getting better and better with with moreand more views. This is a huge accomplishment for DreamWorks Animation,it might actually be its Best Animated Feauture it yet. It is anamazing experience to watch this film in Cinema. The 3D is amazing andat times Breathtaking. I may of had the most fun that I've ever had inCinema watching How to Train Your Dragon.

    The script is really good and is has a lot of dramatic depth. Thismovie is for everyone. Adults and Kids will enjoy it equally and willlove it at the end. This movie will probably become a series likeShrek. But I'm hoping this film doesn't get bad sequels like Shrek 3and Shrek Forever After. Anyways this film will be most recognized forits beautiful animation.

    10/10 Highly Recommended

  2. axel_foley from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:35 pm

    incredible! certainly the front runner for the best animated film ofthe year. from the first to the last frame this film is as good as ananimated film gets on almost every level. beautifully written, designedand executed. though an incredible movie, it's not quite perfection -probably due to time and budget limitations (is there ever enough ofeither?). that said, the problems i had are far too few to mention. ifdragon doesn't absolutely slay at the box office i'll lose faith inmiddle America.

    congrats to the filmmakers – you've made a masterpiece and you made mefeel like a kid again. thank you.

  3. velvet_remedy from Manchester, England
    29 Mar 2012, 11:35 pm

    HTTYD is the latest in a run of animated 3D films to hit the familymarket. One might be forgiven for feeling a little weary of this genreas the big production studios churn out one "action-packed film with acute central character and some pretty effects" after another. Butwait…

    HTTYD stands apart from these other attempts for a number of reasons.First, the 3D (Odeon digital in this screening) is moving more towardthe subtle with fewer "gratuitous" 3D moments than in movies like Boltand Coraline. As 3D becomes a staple of high street cinema, directorsseem to be finding 3D to be more about adding depth rather than a brieffocal-point. That's not to say that there isn't effective use of the 3Dwow-factor here; it's just not all the film has to hold attention.

    Second, a cast of voice talent that does not demand too muchconsideration of the man/woman behind the microphone is refreshing.Baruchel is not over-playing the sugar or the heroics and, as much asan animated character can be, he is believable and as three-dimensionalas the visuals. Butler is not greatly stretched here but manages tostay just the right side of a Mike Myers impression so as not to annoy.How many kids will now think the Vikings were a fearsome race ofAmericans and Scots? Oh, well!

    Third, the plot and dialogue. You may not know the plot and I won'tspoil it now. It is straightforward stuff but the pace keeps itinteresting for kids and the grown-ups. Younger children may be upsetat times and I heard a sob or two at the emotional moments. Nothing tooheavy here though, it's just a well-written script with as many actuallaughs as I have seen in a kids' film.

    This is one of the best films so far in this prolific genre and it hasbeen made with passion rather than thrown together to cash-in on thethirst for these films, right now. I would urge all ages to see thisfilm in 3D as the textures are extraordinary and you can't help but becharmed by it all.

  4. DICK STEEL from Singapore
    29 Mar 2012, 11:35 pm

    If this is done following the same old beat up formula that Hollywoodsticks to with regards to animation, then the dragons will be yakkingnon-stop. Thank goodness that this film, directed by Dean DeBlois andChris Sanders, avoids this like the plague, and

    Jay Baruchel voices Hiccup, a viking kid who happens to be more brainsthan brawn, more scrawny than buffed, and this of course sets him apartfrom the rest of his warrior clan folks, who are battle scarred fromthe constant defense of the village pests – dragons who come from afarto plunder their livestock and setting their houses on fire, so much sothat every house on the block is relatively brand new. Wanting to helpout in any way he can, he's deemed more of a liability than an asset,especially when even his dad Stoick (Gerard Butler) cannot appreciatehis unique, technical talent.

    In a stroke of uncanny luck, Hiccup downs a flying dragon in the heatof battle, and his compassion meant to set the dragon free, rather thantrying to prove himself to be a worthy viking man by killing it. Andit's a rare specimen of a dragon too, which would have brought himinstant glory. So a bond between man and mythical beast gets struck,and christened as Toothless, this is one pest who slowly grows into apet, with Hiccup's secret rendezvous resulting in growing appreciationfor the species, despite what the knowledge that his kinsman hadcompiled into a Dragon compendium which details facts all ending withan advisory on compulsory annihilation.

    The story here is the strength of the film, being witty, smart butnever condescending nor insulting the intelligence of the audience.While most characters are caricatures, especially Hiccup's peers, a lotof effort have been put into creating the leads as multi-dimensionaland full of heart, and I enjoyed how the characters are so open totheir emotions, that it becomes a lot more real than the photorealistic 3D animation and effects. Sure there's the usual father-sonmisunderstanding and expectations, and how a zero turns to hero, oreven the theme of fearing something that we don't fully comprehend, butit's the manner in which the usual got delivered, that made all thedifference. Especially so for its anti-war stance, that all it takes isa little step back from the common battle-cry, and instead seek to beunderstood, by holding out an olive branch, and to understand first.

    For those who enjoy the mythology of the dragon creature, there are anumber of ideas thrown up in the film that would make you nod inappreciation how these got conjured up for the film, and they workedwonders, even though they may be a tad predictable plot wise. And I'mbetting that a lot of folks out there will take to Toothless, thanks toits "stitch"-ish design similar to Lilo and Stitch (since it'sco-director Chris Sander's previous work) and huge saucer like eyes,plus a lovable demeanour built into the character that's alwaysapprehensive, and mischievous. Being the creature that has no trackrecord also helped, since it ropes you into a journey of friendship,bonding and discovery with Hiccup as to how powerful his new foundfriend can be, not to mention how symbiotic their relationship willevolve into as well.

    Action junkies will find the action sequences in the film faultless,and the 3D got specifically crafted for certain set action pieces thatreally had me ducking for cover, for once. Fights are incredible, andalways accompanied either by humour that worked without the feelingthat it was deliberate nor just tried too hard, coupled with thecomedic voice talents such as Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

    How to Train Your Dragon is similar to last year's Cloudy With a Chanceof Meatballs – Long titles, great story, beautiful animation and atotal delight. Highly recommended, and it goes into my list ascontenders for best films of this year!

  5. Teodora Dumitrescu from Romania
    29 Mar 2012, 11:35 pm

    I saw the trailer and I enjoyed it but I was afraid that all the goodparts from the movie will be there and that will be all, like it waswith many films lately. That was certainly not the case. There are waybetter parts that were left to be discovered and I definitelycongratulate the choice.

    I didn't read the book, so I don't know the story, witch might havesuffered, as stories usually do from books to picture, but I think awriter couldn't hope for a better image, better portraits ofcharacters, especially the black dragon who one definitely falls inlove with – the mimic and the gestures and the face expressions, socomplex and real.

    I agree it's not the kind of movie that makes you keep thinking toomuch once it's finished bot it's not meant to be. It's just lovely,from the beginning to the end, I really laughed and I was anxious forthe characters when they suffered (and I'm 22). The film wasn't toolong, it didn't have stupid lines whatsoever and it put to silence theannoying child behind me from the first five minutes or so, which Ibelieve says it all.

    I don't know if I will actually go to the cinema but I definitely wantto see it again.

    Great special effects and, again, a very lovely dragon.

  6. tollini from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 11:35 pm

    I saw this film in early March, of 2010 in Indianapolis. I am one ofthe judges for the Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award. A Truly MovingPicture "…explores the human journey by artistically expressing hopeand respect for the positive values of life." Heartland gave that awardto this film.

    It's in 3-D and it's gorgeous animation. But what really matters is thestory. And it's a good one. At first it seems the main story is about aViking colony equally distant from nowhere, which is being constantlyattacked by a wide variety of marauding dragons. It's a full time jobtrying to keep the dragons at bay and the Viking warriors are often outon their boats hunting their wily and ferocious opponents.

    But really the story is about a father and chief of the Vikings who hasa young son, Hiccup, who is small and who is a slick, sarcastic talkerand who doesn't take orders well, but still seeks respect from hisimpressive father. At first, his Father will not let his son be awarrior Viking, but later relents to have Hiccup train with the otheryoungsters. But the young boy gets sidetracked and instead of wantingto kill dragons, the boy befriends them and seeks to understand them.

    A young and inexperienced son seeking approval of a strong father is anoften-told tale. Sons often act foolishly trying to impress theirfathers. And fathers often ignore the strivings of their sons. In thiscase, there is honor and courage on all sides and it is inspiring towatch the father and son wrestle with their relationship.

    And yes, about the dragons – they ARE ferocious and talented andaggressive warriors. But their motivations are a mystery that unfoldsslowly. And that's the fun of this film.

    FYI – There is a Truly Moving Pictures web site where there is alisting of past Truly Moving Picture Award winners that are now eitherat the theater or available on video.

  7. movietaster from Mumbai, India
    29 Mar 2012, 11:35 pm

    I am not at all interested in dragons and all such fantasy creatures. Idon't like children movies with all their stupid messages. I saw thismovie rather just to pass the time than to watch it for its sake. AndWhoa! I was drawn in this river in first 5 minutes. And what aexperience it has been! Right from the start as the narrator describeshis world, you are immediately there. You feel yourself in thecharacters place. The movie does that for you. This is very uncommonmovie and it has set a milestone for 3D, not because of its technicalaspects, but because of the Depth this movie has. This movie is as muchfor a 7 year old as it is for an old man who has seen a lot of life.This movie will entertain each viewer in his own way. This is amasterpiece! This movie isn't what it sounds on the surface. It haslayers of meanings attached to it. Look at just the title: How to trainyour Dragon!. If you see it carefully you will notice that there ismore to it than meets the eye. Watch the movie and you will know what imean. This movie cleverly comments on Human Fear, War, Friendship,prejudices, courage, Love. ……………………… Don't miss thismovie or you will miss one of the few periods when you really LIVE.Note: Just remember to carry your heart with you when you see thismovie. It will fill your heart with nothing but what should trulybelong there. 10/10.

  8. Saber from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 11:35 pm

    This has to be one of the best films I've seen with my family.

    The characters came to life and was instantly hooked.

    I've young children and they hardly flinched throughout. The draw tothe screen was virtually magnetic.

    A definite must see for all the family, and the 3d version bought it tolife, totally!!

    The story was well written, even though I must admit the start was abit slow, but all in all well done dream-works. You've another winneron your hands here.

    p.s. can't stop talking about it, and its been a week since I've seenit- I can see Oscars in the not too distant future.

  9. kevinkeanmurphy from NYC
    29 Mar 2012, 11:35 pm

    Hiccup a young Viking befriends Toothless, a young dragon. This is thebest movie I've seen since the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Virtuallyeverything about it is wonderful. Rarely have I been so drawn in to ananimated movie. The 3D aspects are thrilling and the movie has a greatstory, amazing animation, non stop action and a positive andconstructive message. It made me want to go out and get a pet dragon.This movie is perfect for people of all ages. Now I know what a feelgood movie is. This movie will make everyone feel good. Congratulationsto all who contributed to this amazing film. It will make toy dragons apopular gift item. Hope to see it again and again. 3D at it's best.

  10. simon-prometheus from Canada
    29 Mar 2012, 11:35 pm

    With a somewhat unwieldy tile and the lack of the winning Pixarstoryline that has dominated the Oscars for a decade, Dreamworksanimations latest could have been a clunker. Not only is How to TrainYour Dragon the best film of the year so far, but it even eclipses thequality of last years duel academy award winner Up.

    The latest 3-D film to fly into theatres in so many weeks is also thebest of its format (story wise), making Burton's overblown misfireAlice in Wonderland look even more pitiful. Dragon will no doubtenamour kids (excuse the cliché) of all ages while keeping parents notonly awake but equally enthralled. This movie is sure to tug the heartsof anyone who has ever loved a pet and will undoubtedly draw tears fromthose who are so inclined.

    The texture that can be created from today's CG technology never ceasesto amaze. Consider a beautiful tracking shot of a downed dragon wherethe twisted wing that protrudes towards the screen is actually out offocus, as if you yourself were staring awestruck at the giant lizardthat lay before you in real, tangible life. I did not have the pleasureto viewing How to Train Your Dragon in 3-D but I have heard greatthings and even without having paid a surcharge the film does in no waysuffer as a result. The narrative, visuals, writing and voicework isample reason to seek out Dragon and frankly is the real heart of themovie anyways.

    On the Island of Berk, the Viking community that lives there does notfear a rival tribe, the weather or disease but rather a much moretoothy threat: dragons. Nightly raids by the winged beasts have forgeda great hatred upon the tribe and led by the aptly named Stoik the Vast(Gerard Butler) they wage war with the intent to rid themselves ofdragons once and for all. This is not a feeling shared by Stoik'sscrawny son Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) who favours non-lethal tactics asmuch as he does blacksmithing. Much to Hiccup's surprise, during one ofthe aforementioned raids he is able to down a dragon with one of hiscontraptions. Intent on proving his manhood to Stoik, he seeks out tofind the dragon know as a Night Fury but finds himself unable to slayhis scaly foe. So begins an unlikely and forbidden friendship with thelater named Toothless that follows a time-tested but absolutelyrewarding arc that is as enthralling as it is touching.

    Joining Butler and Baruchel, both of whom give excellent performances(with Butler recapturing some of his 300 mojo), are the likes of CraigFergusson as the Viking blacksmith, America Ferrera as the feistyobject of Hiccup's affections and a whole slice of the Apatow gangincluding Kristen Wiig, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jonah Hill asother young warriors. Much like WALL-E, Toothless exhibits oodles ofpersonality and is endlessly endearing. To achieve this level of depthis perhaps even more impressive due to the fact that he never utters aword and must emote through non-verbal means.

    Along with Kung Fu Panda this movie represents the highest ilk of theDreamworks repertoire and that is not a backhanded compliment by anymeans. Like Panda, there are thrilling and well choreographed actionsequences to compliment the heart, and plenty of humour to keep thisfrom becoming too much of a dramatic slog for younger theatre goers.Teenager or adult, fan or animation or not if you like truly goodcinema, you will not be unsatisfied by How to Train Your Dragon.

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