Tuesday, November 22, 2011

One Minute Movie Review: How to Train Your Dragon: Gift of the Night Fury and The Book of Dragons

The original, is by far, one of my favorite CGI animated films to date. My children positively loved it. So I was excited when I heard that these "shorts" had been released; however, that was tempered by a history of similiar endeavours falling far short of their originals. I am happy to report, these featurettes deliver in every way. They capture the feel, creativity, and fantasy of the first film, adding a new and exciting layer to the tale which hopefully will not replace the possibility of a true sequel. The Gift of the Night Fury is the best of the two titles and has a sincere, beautiful, and engaging story. The characters, in both 30 minute stories, are thoroughly entertaining, emersing you in their world with ease.  The GCI is remarkable in scope and quality. With attention to detail, sweeping backdrops, and unique characters, this film flies high above all of peers. The Book of Dragons combines the two artforms , creating a short that is quirky and entertaining.  Look for some cool extra features. 4 out of 5 Kernels: a true delight for adults and children alike.

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