31. How to Train Your Dragon. Directed byChris Sanders and Dean Deblois. 98 minutes. DreamsWorks Animation. 2010. $29.99. ASIN: B002ZG97YM.
Brief Plot Description: This film is about a boy named Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) who saves a Night Fury dragon (Toothless) after he shoots it down and trains it to be his friend and rides on it. Hiccup also persuades his father and the Viking villagers to stop fighting with other dragons.
Genre(s)/Subject(s): Children, Comedy, Fantasy
Age Level: Ages 9 and up (Rated PG)
Awards: Annie Awards
DVDs Similar in Style, Content, Theme, or Characters: Brave, Tangled, Rise of Guidance Programming/Lesson Ideas: Children can discuss the movie and read aloud the book after showing the movie.
Personal Thoughts: This family entertaining film is appropriate for tweens, and it received high ratings on many review resources. Hiccup is a heroic character who cares for every life and fights for justice. The film offers insightful themes of friendship, tolerance and family bonding. Tweens will be fascinated by the stunning scenes in this epic fantasy adventure film.