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5 Reasons why How to Train your Dragon is an Amazing Movie

HTTYD Movie Quick Facts​

  • WATCH/STREAM ON: Amazon Prime (Affiliate link! Free with ads), iTunes
  • GENRE: Adventure, Family-Friendly
  • TOM. CRITIC RATING: 99%
  • TOM. REG RATING: 91%
  • MISC INFO:
    • Great movie to watch with your kids, and kids with their parents!
    • Great movie to watch with friends, or alone as well!
    • We recommend watching in this order: Movie 1, Race to The Edge show, Movie 2, Movie 3
How To Train Your Dragon Poster

Reason 1: The Film’s Synopsis Is Well Written​

How To Train Your Dragon is an amazing franchise, well, for the most part. The “modern-day” series that is up on Netflix, kind of feels sort of like a retelling of the first movie, so I would not recommend that one personally. The original movie, which this post is about, is the beginning of a superb franchise that I highly recommend watching as soon as you can!

The movie is about a young Viking boy named Hiccup. He finds a Night Fury they become friends. This movie is about building friendship and trust among one another. It is a crucial film to watch if you want to understand the later films and shows in the franchise. Warning: Ahead of this message are SPOILERS (mostly for the TV show, Race to the Edge).

How To Train Your Dragon Hiccup & Toothless
(C) Dreamworks 2010​

Reason 2: It Has Some of my Favorite Moments in Animation​

Where do I start? The How To Train Your Dragon (commonly shortened to HTTYD) franchise is a great universe of movies and TV series for entire families to enjoy together. Currently, it is a possible replacement as a favorite franchise for me, potentially taking the place of Jurassic Park. I seem to rewatch the HTTYD franchise more often than the Jurassic Park(/World) franchise these last few years.

What I love the most about the How To Train Your Dragon franchise is that the universe is so in-depth. There are many species of dragons, each with its abilities, classes, personalities, and more. If you haven’t seen any of the movies or the TV series, I recommend watching the first movie first, then the TV series “Race To The Edge,” then the second and third movies. The TV series takes place between the first two movies, and if you watched the movies then the TV show, you might be confused about certain things.

HTTYD SPOILER WARNING
The TV show still has Hiccup’s dad alive, so I recommend watching the first movie, then Race To The Edge TV series, then the second movie.​

How To Train Your Dragon is a wonderful universe if you like dragons. It has a wide variety of species of dragons, which I love. There are at least 85 species of dragons in the lore. Not all are shown in movies or TV series. But just think . . . 85 species of dragons in the universe. There is so much potential for more movies or TV shows down the road with new characters. Although personally, the original movies and Race to The Edge will most likely always be my favorites as they’re what got me into the franchise in the first place.

The expansive universe, its many, many species of dragons, and how they make me feel, are all things that make me love the franchise. In all 3 movies, there are moments I start tearing up and almost crying when they happen. I will not say what they are in this post, since I want this post to be minimal spoilers. If you want more details on what I like about each movie, I will be working on a blog post for each movie and the TV series as a whole (maybe split into two posts for 3 seasons each or something).

How To Train Your Dragon Funny Toothless
© Dreamworks 2010​

Reason 3: It Does Have Imperfections, But Not Many!​

There are a few things, though not many, that I do not like about HTTYD. Some parts of the sequels are meh, while other parts are great. As a lot of people say, the third and final movie was a mixed bag. It did have a nice wrap-up to the end of it, which I will get to in the blog post dedicated to The Hidden World.

One of these minor imperfections, in my opinion, is that the animation style changes a little bit between the movies. Technology does improve at a fast pace, but I would have liked to keep the animation visuals the same between all three movies, personally. That would give it more of a consistency that people can come to expect.

Then there are some minor inconsistencies, which happen in almost every universe created around a book, a movie, or the like. There are not many, which I do not want to give out specifically in this post, but I will likely mention them in the movie and TV show-specific posts, mentioning what they are between the other parts of the HTTYD franchise.

Reason 4: It Has Plenty Of Sequels in Movies & TV​

I hope that they make more movies and TV shows in the future, perhaps with new characters (Psst, now they do on Netflix, modern-day. It was meh, and feels like a retelling of the original movie to me) to explore the huge universe HTTYD has. This will allow for a huge variety of content for people to enjoy. I would not be surprised if even more content is being developed or planned.

I will probably write some posts here and there relating to the series, but as a whole, unless they make another movie or TV series, the franchise is at an end in terms of new content, so there is going to be a limit at some point of how much we can write about the HTTYD franchise. If you want to discuss How To Train Your Dragon, feel free to ask me on-stream!

Reason 5: I Wholeheartedly Recommend This Amazing Movie​

YES! I wholeheartedly recommend watching this amazing franchise. I recommend watching in this order:

  1. How To Train Your Dragon (this movie)
  2. Race To The Edge (TV Show)
  3. How To Train Your Dragon 2
  4. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

How To Train Your Dragon – It’s Worth It!

Go and give it a watch in my recommended order above! It may take some time to get through the TV show, but you won’t be as confused as to “why is Hiccup’s dad still alive?” if you watch the second movie then the TV show. Let me know in the comments what you think of this first movie!


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