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    This bump = like.

    Honestly, this was the movie that renewed my faith in CG animated movies (and not just non-pixar ones). I think I made a stupid post a long time ago relative to this movie and my likes for it, but I've well since forgotten what I said so oh well. It is without a doubt my favorite CG movie--(only Tangled comes close), and that includes ANTHING else Pixar or Disney, sorry you gaiz. In fact I am quite certain the ONLY reason it did not win Best Animated Movie for that year was because of Toy Story 3. XP

    AND THE SOUNDTRACK. My god the soundtrack is amaazing. The first time I watched the movie and saw the Forbidden Friendship scene, I knew it would be one of my absolute favorite tracks, and what, 2 years later? It still is. And oh GOD, Romantic Flight~

    Also, age should mean nothing when it comes to loving good cinema. I am 26 and this movie made me cry the first 10 times I watched it. ;-; STUPID ADORABLE TOOTHLESS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sami-chan View Post
    In fact I am quite certain the ONLY reason it did not win Best Animated Movie for that year was because of Toy Story 3. XP
    Everything with Hiccup and Toothless is note perfect, as are most of the scenes with him and his father, or Astrid. A lot of the other stuff wears a little thin on repeat viewings though, particularly the weak third act that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

    But its a pretty fantastic movie, one of my faves. And yes, the soundtrack is great. that at least should have won *something*.
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    I also enjoyed this movie. Only watched it twice but I thought it was pretty good. I was gettng tired of the CGI movies but they did a very nice job with this. I liked Toothless' design, he reminded me of Stitch+Pokemon. I really liked the crazy huge dragon. I was very suprised that Hiccup wound up wounded in such a way, but I could see why they chose to have that happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbyBevard View Post
    Everything with Hiccup and Toothless is note perfect, as are most of the scenes with him and his father, or Astrid. A lot of the other stuff wears a little thin on repeat viewings though, particularly the weak third act that doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

    But its a pretty fantastic movie, one of my faves. And yes, the soundtrack is great. that at least should have won *something*.
    Too bad it didn't show in the same year Pixar showed Cars 2. Up against Toy Story 3.....it had no chance. I personally enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon more, but I certainly won't deny that Toy Story 3 was the quality-wise better movie.

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    The only part of the movie I didn't particularly like was the development of the other kids and then giving them dragons at the end. Cynical part of me felt that it was a decision driven by merchandising.

    I've seen several complaints about the major villain of the movie and how it really has no background, but I don't really care about that. Sometimes bad things exist--you don't have to give them a complex backstory.

    And one last word on the soundtrack. The individual parts of the soundtrack are wonderful, but the best part is
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    when Hiccup and Toothless catch Astrid in the battle with the Green Death.
    Just a perfect blend of action, direction, and music that you don't see much recently. Goosebumps every time.

    And Sami, I'm actually with you. I think Toy Story is probably a "better" movie, but How to Train Your Dragon is still my favorite CG film.
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    Never was a big fan of this movie. Liked the score and the visuals but the story never really did it for me. Also Jay Baruchel's voice annoys the crap out of me. I understand why others like it though, it's competently made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatermoog View Post
    And Sami, I'm actually with you. I think Toy Story is probably a "better" movie, but How to Train Your Dragon is still my favorite CG film.
    Same sort of thing with the year of Wall-E and Kung Fu Panda. Wall-E is the better movie, but Panda is the one that's easier to rewatch.

    But great movies are great movies, we're lucky to get stuff *that* good. Regardless of medium or genre. Isn't it kind of weird that we feel the need to quantify animated movies against other animated movies though? Doesn't that just reinforce the built in mindset that they're inherantly "not as good" as the live stuff? (And I make the comparisons all the time, so... We all do it.)

    But, we never throw Lion King against Forrest Gump or Pulp Fiction, which all came out in 94?
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    Well, at least part of that is because it's easier to give a relative position with "it's my favorite CG film" compared to "it's my seventh favorite film of the late 2000s."

    But it's a fair point. In fact, when describing How To Train Your Dragon to friends, I usually called it the best movie I'd seen in the past few years and had to deal with the animation versus "serious" film argument myself. It's similar to the fact that I've gotten both of my brothers and my father absolutely hooked on One Piece, but I originally had to fight them on the idea that it's "just a cartoon" or a "comic." I wonder if there was ever a period in early Disney when animated films were given the same credence as live-action.

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    While Disney was alive it was still treated as an art form for all ages. Snow White wasn't aimed solely at kids, neither was Pinnochio, and Fantasia certainly wasn't. I'm not sure when exactly the "cartoons and comics are just for kids" stigma set in, (probably around the time of cheap kiddie fare saturday morning cartoons. The 70's, maybe?) but its been ingrained for a couple decades now.

    That said. Castle of Cagliostro is easily my favorite movie ever. Animated or otherwise. Princess Mononoke is right up there too.
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    Castle in the Sky, Porco Rossi, and Totoro are usually hovering around my Top Five as well.

    Cagliostro doesn't quite make it, but that's about as much fun as you can have watching a movie...

    So, yeah, How to Train Your Dragon...

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    Here's the sneak peek for the animated series based on How to Train Your Dragon.
    There's also going to be a one-hour preview on August 7th.
    The CGI looks pretty good and most of the main cast from the movie will be returning. I'm actually very excited for this.

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    That music just totally makes it.

    Long as they can keep the quality at the level of the Christmas special, and not at the abysmal bone dragon special, I'll be okay with this. I haven't been terribly impressed with the Kung Fu Panda series the few times I've caught it (Its been very... tv series) but they are at least keeping the production values high... though the writing is most important.
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    Why does Jay Baruchel always sound like he's talking through his teeth?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobbyBevard View Post
    That music just totally makes it.
    It's like they're trying to cram every single theme from the movie into one two-minute clip. Which is fine, since they at least re-did the music to fit the scenes, unlike that dreadful Boneknapper video where they just hacked 15-second stretches of the original soundtrack together.

    *shudder*

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    I should also add.

    As long as it doesn't turn into Lilo and Stitch the series. That was fun in its way, but it was sooooo tonally dissonant from the original movie.
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    Watching the preview now

    it's actually really good. The animation could be a lil better but it doesn't make me want to kill myself like the KFP show

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    Hmmm. Not bad.

    If there's one thing I want from the tv show, it's more characterization. One thing that bugged me about the movie was that I felt Astrid didn't get quite enough characterization. Yeah, she came to terms with Hiccup and the dragons, but I felt like we never really got to know HER. I'm hoping the tv show makes up for that.

    Same goes for the twins. I freaking loved the twins, I want to see more of them.

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    The second episode was a nice character focus on Gobber, so I don't think it'll be an issue about the other main characters. If anything just "more screen time" is enough, especially for the twins.
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    Oh my god, the new episode on CN was absolutely adorable. Favorite episode so far.

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    the series been raly good so far. every episode feels like the movie. can't wait for more


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