Saturday, June 28, 2014

How to Train Your Dragon 2

I enjoyed the 1st How to Train Your Dragon, so I was happy to catch How to Train Your Dragon 2, in 3D, no less. The action-driven story combines elements of Star Wars, Harry Potter & Godzilla & pairs vikings with dragons that function as pets, personal aircraft & weapons of mass destruction. Dreamworks revamped its animation technology for this sequel, & the characters look far less puppet-like than they do in the 1st movie. The dragons exhibit traits of dogs, cats, horses, birds, reptiles & social insects, & they are better actors than most humans. Thankfully, the writers avoided winking, smart-alecky humor aimed at adults.

I got the feeling that the filmmakers were proud of the end result. The movie has the longest list of credits I've ever seen. It includes employees in the marketing, merchandising & franchising departments. There is also a big collection of Indian names under a Dreamworks technology partner in India.

§ How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
Dir: Dean DeBlois, USA, 102 mins

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