August 22, 2011
August 22, 2011
I couldn’t get past the accents.
All the adult Vikings have Scottish accents, but Hiccup sounded plain, old American? Actually, ALL the Viking kids sounded American. DreamWorks, you puzzle me.
Wait a goddamned minute…shouldn’t all the Vikings have Scandinavian accents? Maybe I’m pissy because of my Scandinavian ancestry, or maybe it’s just because I like to shop at IKEA – but I feel personally betrayed by DreamWorks, and more specifically, by Gerard Butler. I’m not the only one who noticed this!
I came across a Toothless the Dragon Happy Meal Toy in my son’s room the other day and I immediately noticed that it had fins on both sides of its tail. McDonald’s, you puzzle me, too.
The only scene that made me laugh was when Hiccup received the helmet made from his mother’s breastplate. His mom must have had huge boobs…then again, my kid could probably wear my bra as a hat, too.
Obviously, it’s not fair to compare DreamWorks films to PIXAR films, so I’ll stick to comparing How to Train Your Dragon to just DreamWorks stuff. It’s not as shitty as Bee Movie or Over the Hedge…but not as good as Kung Fu Panda or Shrek. Not bad, but still pretty mediocre. A sequel is slated for Summer 2014…I feel pretty ambivalent about it.
Rating – PG
Runtime – 98 minutes
Genre – Dragons yet no Dungeons
Director(s) – Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Writer(s) – Cressida Cowell, William Davies, Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Actor(s) – Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill
BOB Rating – Two BOBs
Favorite Quote – "Thank you for the breast-hat." - Hiccup (Jay Baruchel)