Despite the title, How To Train Your Dragon is not a training film. You will not actually learn how to train a dragon. Besides, if you actually had a dragon, I would hope it was trained already. It is, however, a pretty entertaining animated film from the guys who made Disney's Lilo & Stitch. While it still can't compete with the geniuses at Pixar, this Dreamworks had enough action and adventure to keep me entertained.
Based on a children's novel (what movie isn't these days?), the story follows Hiccup, a viking who doesn't fit in with the brawny types in his village. The town is constantly being attacked by dragons. When the stronger Vikings are away, Hiccup befriends a dragon he names Toothless. Hiccup tries to convince his fellow vikings that the dragons are not what they seem. As you can tell, the story isn't anything new or different, but there is enough comic flair to keep both children and adults involved. The voice cast is excellent, with Craig Ferguson standing out.
The animation is an interesting mix of awesome and strangely unemotional. The action sequences are incredible, and rival anything seen in another recent film with flying creatures. In 3D, my breath was literally taken away at times. However, the character animation is fairly lifeless. It's hard to feel for characters who look like they've just had botox. Dreamworks really needs to work on their facial animation, especially because, with Pixar doing some amazing things facially, they have no excuse. With that said, this movie is still a lot of fun, and I look forward to seeing where they take the franchise.