We had a chance to screen “How to Train Your Dragon
” at the IMAX Theater in downtown Sacramento, thanks to Walmart and DreamWorks, and I was pleasantly pleased because it held everyone’s attention, including mine and my 2-year-old’s.
Noah and I usually have similar attention spans when it comes to animated films, but less the buttery movie popcorn he shoveled down his gullet, he wasn’t distracted even once the entire 90 minutes. I, on the other hand, kept putting his giant 3D glasses back on his face every time they fell off…his nose was too small to hold them up adequately.
That said, I did see most of the film and felt that it had pretty decent character development, especially for an animated feature. It was exciting, had a great variety of funny looking dragons – and people – and had a few twists and turns that I didn’t expect. Who knew why dragons always flew off with their prey instead of eating it on the spot? This movie answers that burning question.
However the film did have some predictable outcomes, like good triumphing over evil, but that’s ok. I kind of like that. And it was appropriate for all ages.
Also, for the moms out there who loved Gerard Butler in “P.S. I Love You,” he voices the lead character’s father…and he doesn’t die! So that’s good.
One thing I couldn’t quite get was why some of the Vikings had American accents, one had a Scottish accent – Craig Ferguson of Late, Late Show fame teaches the up and coming how to fight and kill dragons – and one had an Irish accent. strange.
Anyway, I give it three out of four dragon heads. Good to see in the theater – opening everywhere tomorrow.
There is one other thing though…I kept waiting for the snowboard scene advertised during the Winter Olympics, but I must have missed it one of the times I was helping Noah with his glasses. Oh well.
A note from Christine::
The dragons have arrived at Walmart!
That’s right, Walmart has teamed up with Dreamworks to create a line of How to Train Your Dragon licensed toys, available exclusively at Walmart. The collection, created by Spin Master, features action figures and dragons, Viking play sets and role play toys, at affordable prices.
Are you planning to take your little vikings to see How to Train Your Dragon?
We’d love to know what you think!