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Review of "How to Train Your Dragon"

This week I saw Dreamwork's "How to Train Your Dragon" for the second time. (That's right, twice! I rarely do that.) I was lucky enough to win a free ticket to see it the week it came out from the Inland Empire Press-Enterprise (thanks!), and thoroughly enjoyed it so much that I had to bring my husband back to see it again.

If you know me, you know that I usually love ANYTHING animated, but I have to say, this was a well-deserved good review. It's rare to find a film that both kids and parents will enjoy, and this is one of them. There's everything you could want in a movie, from the cute "pet" and "heart" factor to lively action, fight, and flight scenes (the 3D is well worth the extra fee). The characters are well-rounded and likeable, and the dragon, Toothless, is adorable and funny. I laughed out loud a few times, realizing that the dragon resembled my cat immensely...I'm sure the artist's studied various real-life animal's play and hunting instincts, or else my cat is part dragon! They have the same big eyes. :)

From an animator's point of view, I have to say that the textures and details were pretty amazing. More than once I found myself entranced, staring at the freckles on the main viking boy's face, or the rough texture of a viking's beard. The artists really captured realism, yet stylized it to make it unique. It actually inspired me to go home and practice my 3D modeling, which says a lot. If a film inspires you to become a better creative artist, you know it's good! :)


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I'm an animation student at the Art Institute, as well as a budding freelance illustrator and graphic designer. I tend to specialize in Disney-like character designs and 2D animation, but I also have the ability to do professional graphics like ads, logos, and photo effects. This blog will follow current projects I'm working on, provide advice to fellow designers, and just celebrate anything in the world of art that happens to catch my fancy!

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