Sorry, but this isn’t an instructional guide.
Instead, I’ll be talking about the movie. I just saw it (finally), and let me tell you, it’s pretty damn great. It’s about this Viking boy, Hiccup (yeah, weird names keep trolls away or something). His village is plagued by dragons of all kinds, and everyone does a fine job of fighting them off. Except for Hiccup, that is. Compared to the rest of the folk there, he’s just a toothpick, can’t even lift an axe properly. He is pretty good when it comes to crafting devices though. He ends up shooting down the legendary Night Fury, but nobody believes him. He sneaks out of the house to try and find it. He succeeds, but is unable to kill it for its head.
I’ll leave the plot at that, it’s way more fun if you watch it yourself. Though you can already predict some things by the title, it’s still really fun to watch, surprising at times even. It was really well-written, it had its ups and down, but overall was a pretty epic and happy movie.
The animation was great. You can see quite a lot of time went not only into designing all the characters (including the wide array of different dragon types), but also the minor details, such as the scale patterns on different dragons. Overall it looked really good, the fire fit in really well with the rest of the settings, and it all just snapped into place. Very well-done job by the animators there.
Voice acting was great as well. The accents were amazing, and a lot of characters had their own little quirk in their voices that complimented their personalities. Really enjoyable to listen to.
Also enjoyable to listen to was the soundtrack. Though remaining in the safe orchestral area (which appeals to me a little less) they were still pretty good. Yeah, I actually pay attention to the background music. It’s important! It helps set the mood, and even tell you stuff about how characters are feeling. The composers for How to Train your Dragon did all of that just right.
Haven’t seen it yet? Shame on you, it came out almost three years ago. Go watch it!