A Quick Look At How to Train Your Dragon

A Quick Look At How to Train Your Dragon

Paramount Pictures presents an animated movie – How to Train Your Dragon – directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois. Co-written by William Davies, Peter Tolan, Sanders and DeBlois. Adapted from the novel by Cressida Cowell. Running time: 98 minutes. Rateing: PG (for scenes of intense action, some scary images and brief mild language). Some movies seem born to inspire video games. All they lack is controllers and a scoring system. “How to Train Your Dragon” serves more like a game born…

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Why can’t we all just get along in How to Train Your Dragon?

Why can’t we all just get along in How to Train Your Dragon?

How to Train Your Dragon pits dragons against Vikings with one small child standing in-between crying, “Why can’t we all just get along?” The Vikings are all brawn and matted, bushy hair — and there’s an implication of not much brains — while the dragons are a menagerie of fierce flying, fire-belching, multitasking creatures that fear and are feared in equal measure. From this, DreamWorks Animation tries to fashion a 3D movie – How to…

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How to Train Your Dragon: A beautiful windy journey

How to Train Your Dragon: A beautiful windy journey

How to Train Your Dragon film takes a simple approach: It’s selling journey. Wild, high-flying, wind in your hair adventure. A lot happens along the way and sure there’s a message but DreamWorks movies at their best, and this is one of them, are all about escapism. How to Train Your Dragon takes its audience on a fire-breathing, dipping, diving ride and never looks back. Animated movies come in all shapes and sizes, with different goals,…

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How to Train Your Dragon – A beautifully made work by DreamWorks Animation

How to Train Your Dragon – A beautifully made work by DreamWorks Animation

Largely based on the Cressida Cowell novel by screenwriter Will Davies and directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, How to Train Your Dragon finds Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel), a Viking teenager who resides on a desolate island where fighting dragons is what separates the men from the boys. And as the skinny, never-do-well son of the Vikings’ chieftain, Stoick the Vast (Gerard Butler), Hiccup is no doubt still a boy. However, he’s now reached the age…

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Pixar’s Coco sings a high-spirited but faltering tune at times

Pixar’s Coco sings a high-spirited but faltering tune at times

Can a person honor his family and pursue his dreams at the same time? That is the question at the heart of Coco, a whimsical and high-spirited romp through the underworld from Pixar Animation Studios. The tale of 12-year-old boy, Miguel Rivera, is an aspiring guitarist with a song in his heart and stardom on his mind. But to realize his destiny he must defy the wishes of his close-knit Mexican family, which, for reasons…

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Coco Review: Is it good? Exceptionally good.

Coco Review: Is it good? Exceptionally good.

What’s Coco about? The tale concerns a young Mexican boy named Miguel Rivera who longs for becoming a musician but faces fierce opposition from his extended family, a generational collective of shoemakers who disdain and ban all music owing to having been founded by an iron-willed matriarch. The footwear entrepreneurship found salvation after her husband left home to pursuit the dream of becoming a musician himself and never returned. Through a series of plot issues,…

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Pixar’s latest animated movie Coco succeeds

Pixar’s latest animated movie Coco succeeds

One of the best moments in The Avengers — yes, this is a review of Coco , just go with it — is a single line of dialogue, followed by a pretty solid visual effect. Bruce Banner’s walking toward an oncoming threat, in this case an alien fish monster that’s maybe also a spaceship or something, and it looks like he’s going to get absolutely creamed. Captain America calls out to him, and as Banner turns around, he…

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Coco Review: A Colorful In-depth View Of Death, Family, And Legacy

Coco Review: A Colorful In-depth View Of Death, Family, And Legacy

Pixar is back – the bold, creative Coco washes away the bland taste of The Good Dinosaur and Cars 3. While not quite as clever as Inside Out or Wall-E, Coco manages to tell a family-friendly story centered entirely around death, one that reflects on the legacy we leave behind. But before I sing the film’s praises, I need to rant about the short at the beginning. I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed that Pixar always plays a cute little short before the movies…

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Coco: Disney Pixar’s colorful, melancholic journey is a refreshing return to form

Coco: Disney Pixar’s colorful, melancholic journey is a refreshing return to form

The superficial checklist for a Disney animation usually contains an important moral lesson, a wacky animal sidekick, an asexual romance and at least one frantic chase scene. But hid underneath the bright color palette usually lies a bittersweet tone and a surprisingly deft examination of sorrow. In films from Bambi to The Lion King to Frozen to, most notably, Up, slapstick antics have sat alongside impactful stories of loss, adding rich emotional texture to a…

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Coco : Yet another classic film about family and tradition

Coco : Yet another classic film about family and tradition

Coco  is the sprightly story of a young boy who wants to be a musician and somehow finds himself communing with talking skeletons in the land of the dead. Directed by Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and Pixar’s superb animator Adrian Molina, and drawing loosely on Mexican folklore and traditional designs, it has catchy music, a complex yet comprehensible plot, and bits of domestic comedy and media satire. Most of the time the film is a knockabout slapstick…

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Coco review: A heartfelt victory for Disney Pixar

Coco  review: A heartfelt victory for Disney Pixar

Coco  is Pixar’s most touching film since Up. The tears don’t flow as quickly as in that 2009 movie’s notorious opening montage but do yourself a favor and bring some tissues to the theater. At the crowded screening I went to, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room by the time the ending credits started rolling. But “Coco ” does more than just yank your heartstrings, it’s a fun adventure and gorgeous piece of art…

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Movie Review: Pixar’s Coco 2017

Movie Review: Pixar’s Coco 2017

Pixar’s newest animated movie diversifies the studio’s character lineup, if not necessarily its feel-good kind of formula, painting musical journey around the look and feel of Mexico’s Día de Muertos. Conceived as a vibrant celebration of Mexican culture, writer-director Lee Unkrich’s Coco is the 19th feature from Pixar Animation Studios and the first to seriously deal with the deficit of nonwhite characters in its films — so far limited to super-sidekick Frozone in “The Incredibles,” tagalong Russell in “Up”…

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Coco Is A Lovely If Belabored Journey Right Out Of The Pixar Playbook

Coco Is A Lovely If Belabored Journey Right Out Of The Pixar Playbook

As obstacles for the heroes of children’s films go, Miguel’s is a little, shall we say, cerebral. The rebellious 12-year-old protagonist of Coco  longs to be a musician, but his family of shoemakers … hates music. Not just the music of local hero and “greatest musician that ever lived” Ernesto de la Cruz, nor just guitar music. All music. This goes back, we are told in a colorful if staid papel picado opening sequence, to his great-great-grandfather, who left his…

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Coco 2017 Review: Yes, Another Pixar Movie That Will Definitely Make You Cry

Coco 2017 Review: Yes, Another Pixar Movie That Will Definitely Make You Cry

We’ve now reached the point in Pixar’s history where their outstanding movies are the exception rather than the rule. Inside Out was hailed as a return to form, but then the studio followed it up with the bland The Good Dinosaur, the adequate Finding Dory, and the soulless Cars 3. While the future for the studio as a whole remains uncertain, they’re in their element with the moving, beautiful Coco . Lee Unkrich’s movie is a nice look at family, music,…

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Kung Fu Panda 2 Movie delivers more laughs

Kung Fu Panda 2 Movie delivers more laughs

Kung Fu Panda 2 full movie is an example of DreamWorks finally getting the sequel formula right. The movie delivers more laughs, larger scale, finer animation and arguably more heart. Jack Black returns as the incompetently powerful Po to battle the next stage in warfare that threatens to make kungfu extinct alongside with The Furious Five. The group wages war amidst the beautiful landscape of China in thrilling sequences of combat made in 3D that highlight the…

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