I don’t usually talk about movies that are out or coming out on this blog, but I’m making an exception on this one because it’s that good.  How To Train Your Dragon is, in my opinion, the best animated movie Dreamworks has released, and one of the best animated movies any company (yes, even including Pixar) has put out.  If you haven’t seen it yet, take the opportunity during your Spring Break.  It’s a classic like E.T. that will be remembered for years to come.  The 3D is very well done, the character animation is charming, and the story will keep you engaged the whole way through, and the music is great.

It has gotten a 98% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes.com.  If you follow that sort of thing, you’ll know that just doesn’t happen, especially for animated movies.  I’m definitely not one to care what the critics think generally, but when 98% of them agree it’s a winner, that probably means something.

To be completely upfront, I worked on this movie for 2.5 years, doing visual effects work.  But that’s not why I think it’s great.  In fact many times I think a movie I’ve worked on a lot is worse than most people do, just because I’ve seen it so much.  I really want to see this movie do well so that more studios (including Dreamworks) will take notice and make this kind of classic movie, rather than so much of the silly, but easily forgotten fare that is churned out so much of the time.

So go see it if you haven’t, and take your family with you.  You’ll be glad you did.

(And let me know what you thought in the comments!)