How to Train Your Dragon (film)

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How to Train Your Dragon is a 2010 American computer-animated action fantasy film loosely based on the 2003 book of the same name by Cressida Cowell, produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois from a screenplay by Will Davies, Sanders, and DeBlois, and stars the voices of Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, and Kristen Wiig. The story takes place in Berk, a mythical Viking village; Hiccup, an undersized teen wishing to become a dragon slayer like the other Vikings, injures a rare Night Fury dragon but is unable to bring himself to kill it. He instead helps and befriends the dragon, and quickly discovers that things are not exactly as they seem in the conflict between Vikings and dragons.

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How to Train Your Dragon
In a night sky, Hiccup puts his hand over a dragon called Toothless
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Screenplay by
Based on How to Train Your Dragon
by Cressida Cowell
Produced byBonnie Arnold
CinematographyRoger Deakins (visual consultant)
Edited by
Music byJohn Powell
Distributed byParamount Pictures[1]
Release dates
  • March 21, 2010 (2010-03-21) (Gibson Amphitheater)
  • March 26, 2010 (2010-03-26) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$165 million[2]
Box office$494.9 million[2]

In 2004, the book series began attracting the attention of the executives at DreamWorks Animation, particularly of Over the Hedge producer Bonnie Arnold. The directors of the film being the secondary cast in the recording sessions to ensure to cash in the improvisation abilities. The filmmakers hired cinematographer Roger Deakins (known for frequently collaborating with the Coen brothers) as a visual consultant to help them with lighting and aesthetic of the film and to add a live-action feel. John Powell composed the film's musical score.

How to Train Your Dragon premiered at the Gibson Amphitheater on March 21, 2010,[3] and was released in the United States five days later. The film was a commercial success, earning nearly $500 million worldwide. It was widely acclaimed, being praised for its animation, voice acting, writing, musical score, and 3D sequences. It was nominated for two awards at the 83rd Academy Awards and received numerous other accolades. How to Train Your Dragon is the first entry in what would become the multimedia franchise of the same name, which includes two more films—How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019). A live-action reboot from Universal Pictures is scheduled to be released on March 14, 2025.[4][5]