Visually speaking, most family films -- especially animated family films -- are as bright as polished marble. Fortunately, How to Train Your Dragon
directors Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois have devised a world often lit by just fire, and by staying remarkably true to that fact they’ve fashioned a unique visual experience.
The story follows the basic hero’s journey: Young Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) wants to help his Viking community battle the dragons that terrorize their village, but he just doesn’t have it in him to harm the fire-breathing creatures. His father, the town’s fearless warrior leader Stoick (Gerard Butler), has difficulty communica...