For me, How to Train Your Dragon is more than just a movie. There is a depth and strength of character in the major players of HTTYD. This blog exists to explain to viewers that there is something more here than a cute kid's show (or a cute book series). There are deep and relevant life lessons in both the movie and the books. HTTYD changed my life, in its animation, its storytelling, but most importantly, in showing how the choices we make might be hard, but if they are right, we must push forward and fight for them.
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my love for how to train your dragon reaches beyond my love for the plot and characters. I love the movie so much because it helped me realize my dream for animation. I sometimes wish people would understand that when I say my favorite movie is How To Train Your Dragon.
I’ve wanted to write my personal HTTYD story for a while now, but I don’t think the story’s finished yet. My story is still being written, just like Hiccup and Toothless’. HTTYD has set off a domino effect in my life, and I think I’ll be affected by it for a long time. This is my little tribute to HTTYD - an attempt to put into words how this movie has changed me, as well as a Thank-you note (of sorts) to DreamWorks, Cressida Cowell, and this lovely fandom :-)
It started small. My cousin insisted I watch the movie, and I immediately loved the story. It was adorable! I decided to try draw Toothless, and it sort of ignited a spark in me. A drew a few more dragons, and became increasingly interested in drawing (I was terrible at this point though).
My interest in HTTYD dwindled for a bit, until I saw a commercial for ‘Riders Of Berk’. I Googled the premiere dates, and from there I found Berk’s Grapevine, then Tumblr, HTTYD fanfiction, fanart, and learned about the sequels! *explodes*
I devoured anything HTTYD! I fell in love with the music score, and took Flute Lessons until I was skilled enough to play ‘Romantic Flight’. Not to mention I hum/whistle/sing the soundtrack frequently xD
Before I saw HTTYD (about a year and a half ago) I would have never considered studying art. But Tumblr has inspired an appreciation of animation and the art behind it, and I really want to be a part of it! My passion for art has grown in the last year, and can best be described by (one of my favorite songs) Regina Spektor’s ‘The Call’;
It started out as a feeling
Which then turned into a hope
Which then turned into a quiet thought
Which then turned into a word.
And then that word grew louder and louder
‘Til it was a battle cry.
As I get more experienced and better at drawing and painting, I can work up my battle cry!
Most importantly, HTTYD has strengthened my relationship with Jesus Christ, and thus changed my worldview. It seems strange that a “kid’s movie” (especially not one with an in-your-face Biblical theme), but it did :-)
I looked at Hiccup, and I saw myself. I’m that artsy, awkward, introverted kid in Highschool. I’m not lonely- I just honestly enjoy my own company. I admire Hiccup so much. He never gave up, even when everything was stacked against him. I wont give up either, because I have something to live for (Jesus) and and so many things to look forward to :-)
Things wont always be good, but if Hiccup can turn his greatest weakness into an incredible strength, his biggest fear into his best friend… Then so can I.
HTTYD has sparked my passion for art and animation, made me closer to Jesus, helped me be a little more adventurous, been a distraction from life’s stress. But most importantly, It has changed me on the inside, in ways I do not have the words to explain yet.
It’s a tiny pixel in the big picture of life, but I want to thank God for letting me see this movie. Thank-You for the positive influence it has had on my life. Thank-You, Jesus, for giving me a reason to keep going and face the big dragons out there
Jay Baruchel on ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ (x)
It’s a really cute movie, and it has a great message: family, comfort for animals—
And also, to me, the main message of the flick… it’s an analogy for artsy kids in high school.
I just close my eyes and imagine Hiccup is encouraging me with this… I’m that artsy kid. I don’t talk to people much (besides about httyd or art on tumblr) and I’m an (amiable) introvert. Most of the time I’d rather be drawing or dancing or listening to music or reading. I’m not lonely - I just honestly enjoy my own company. I think that’s why I relate to Hiccup so much, and It’s also why I’m so attached to HTTYD. It inspires me so much. If Hiccup can turn his greatest weakness into an incredible strength, his biggest fear into his best friend… Then so can I.
- Cressida Cowell (via taylorroseva)
My mom and I love how HTTYD ends with Hiccup having the metal leg. Because it’s unlike most movies where nothing bad happens to the hero. While Hiccup did save the day, he lost his leg. Something bad resulted out of his hero act. It shows that not everything turns out perfect. Not everything goes your way. Yes it’s not good that he lost his leg, but it shows that sometimes doing good things means sacrificing something. In Hiccup’s case his leg, for the good of Berk.
This is Berk. It snows nine months of the year, and hails the other three. Any food that grows here is tough and tasteless; the people that grow here are even more so. The only upsides are the pets. While other places have ponies, or parrots, we have…dragons.
How To Train Your Dragon is more than just a movie you watch. You don’t watch it, you experience it.
It isn’t just mindless entertainment, it is art.
It draws you in and consumes you to the point that it is all you can think about.
When experiencing it, you aren’t watching from the outside, you feel as though you are there, witnessing it first hand.
It has a musical score that makes your heart race, your eyes weep and leaves you in awe.
It can never be fully understood the first time watching it.
It anime makes you feel the emotions that the characters feel. You celebrate with the characters, cry with the characters, scream with the characters and feel as if you know the characters as if they were your best friends.
It stays in your mind, long after you finish it. Not only that but you can’t stop thinking about it
It becomes important in your life.
I don’t understand people not loving HTTYD at all. People not even able to recognize any quality in this movie. This is to me the best animated movie, ever. I watch it pretty often, something like once all the two months, sometimes more since I saw it the first time in December 2011 and it gets better each time. Hiccup, Toothless and all the others are like another family to me.
The first time I watched the movie, my feet and hands were cold to the point where I could almost not feel them. My heart raced dangerously; the air felt cold and my body started to shake to compensate. This kind of reaction only happens to me when something really, really reaches into my heart, and HTTYD is one of the few movies that achieved that. (Oh, and this was seven months ago, Dec. 2012, when I was a high school junior. Yeah.)