December 29, 2009


According to this new trailer for How to Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks Animation has a proud tradition of quality filmmaking that dates all the way back to…2001.  I do find it a bit amusing since it recalls Disney trailers that do the same thing except they can reach all the way back to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  However, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar are their three highest-grossing franchises so it makes sense that they would sell How to Train Your Dragon as the continuation of films that appeal to families and make lots and lots of money.

Unfortunately, the trailer doesn’t sell the film nearly as well as the previous one and relies far too heavily on Mr. Movie Voice.  You want to tell me the touching story between a Viking boy (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his dragon?  Then show me.  The dragon is clearly expressive enough and when you show that relationship you have what looks like a pretty cute movie.  Oh, the trailer also lets us know that the movie is in 3D if that does anything for you.

Check out the trailer along with a brief synopsis after the jump.  How to Train Your Dragon hits theaters on March 26, 2010.

Thanks to /Film and its readers who found this trailer.

For those just tuning in, here’s a brief synopsis:

A Viking teenager named Hiccup lives on the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teen’s smarts and offbeat sense of humor don’t sit too well with his tribe or its chief… who just happens to be Hiccup’s father. However, when Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other Viking teens, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. But when he encounters (and ultimately befriends) an injured dragon, his world is flipped upside down, and what started out as Hiccup’s one shot to prove himself turns into an opportunity to set a new course for the future of the entire tribe.

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