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How to Train Your Dragon takes #1 at box office

DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon took the number one spot over the weekend in the box office with $43.3 million. I’ve heard mostly good reviews. I hope to take the kids sometime soon.

If you saw it over the weekend, please post your review below.

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#1 Howard Tayler
March/29/2010
@ 10:01 am

My review is here: http://bit.ly/d0UulO

Short version — I loved it, and can recommend it unconditionally.

#2 Ted Dawson
March/29/2010
@ 10:58 am

My son watched the preview and was pretty disappointed. It doesn’t look like it follows the book very closely. Same with The Lightning Thief.

#3 Charles Brubaker
March/29/2010
@ 11:05 am

Keep in mind that the rising cost of theater tickets for 3D films contributed to the box office ranking. That said…

I might watch it. I’m generally weary of Dreamworks films. I’m weary of CGI films in general, really (I’m a 2-D hand-drawn type). But just about all animation historians whom I admire seem to like this film, so I might give it a shot.

#4 Isaiah McAllister
March/29/2010
@ 2:38 pm

Dreamworks is definitely hit or miss, but this could be their best. I saw it yesterday we my wife and we both really loved it.

I am getting tired of the whole 3D fad though. But for some scenes it really works in this film. :)

#5 Mark Hill
March/29/2010
@ 4:42 pm

We took our daughter this past weekend and it was enjoyed by all. Despite being nothing like the book, it had a well-written story, always the main ingredient for success, in my book.

We purposely avoided the 3-D version, after reading a story in The Wall Street Journal about films deserving of 3-D viewership, (mainly those that are actually filmed in 3-D, like Avatar, rather than those filmed in 2-D, and later converted, like this one). No glasses, no extra 5 bucks per ticket, but lots of laughs and entertainment. Definitely recommend.

#6 kitty fischer
March/30/2010
@ 9:41 am

The humor spanned all ages but there was the predictable chase scene. Bring a tissue as you do get “connected” to the main dragon. As a cartoonist, I was attracted to the ones that appeared at the ending credits. Does anyone know who did these real charmers. In general, I really liked the pallete of color and found the underwater scenes the most intriguing.
As a 2 D pen and ink illustrator I tip my hat to this movie!. k

#7 David Cohen
April/1/2010
@ 12:05 pm

In my humble opinion, I believe that in the not-too-distant future ALL movies will be in 3-D; chick flicks, action sagas, art films, et al……The way that technology drives everything from computing to sports to entertainment to automotive to saving the planet it seems to be inevitable that 3-D will become the norm instead of the exception. 3-D televisions will get cheaper and better, we won’t have to use glasses to watch, 3-D will merge with holography and people who prefer 2-D will be viewed as clueless Luddites living in foggy dreams of the not-too-distant past.
And I liked the movie.

#8 J Hinckley
April/10/2010
@ 3:04 am

Kitty – looks like CalArts alums did most of the illustrating. Here’s a couple of links that might lead you to the exact person who did those wonderful end credit drawings –

http://www.facebook.com/posted.php?id=103225019770&share_id=10150147253570615&comments=1

http://www.gallerynucleus.com/event/236

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