Friday, January 2, 2015

Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers (CGI animated short film), via Netflix

It's been a while since I last saw either of the movies, but I'm pretty sure Dawn of the Dragon Racers takes place between the first and the second. Hiccup, Snotlout, and Astrid argue over who invented dragon racing, which leads to a flashback of dragon racing's beginnings. A big boat race called the Regatta is taking place soon, and there's some panic, because a bunch of sheep have gotten lose. The various dragon riders round up the sheep, and, despite Hiccup's complaints, the whole thing turns into a competition. While Hiccup's dad is away, everyone realizes they kind of enjoyed the dragon racing, and it gets turned into an actual game, with points and rules.

This was...okay. I'm not sure why most of it was structured as a flashback, rather than just being a short film set in the recent past. The animation was nowhere near the quality of the movies, but the characters' efforts to outdo each other and gather the most sheep were kind of fun to watch. Hiccup couldn't seem to decide whether to protest everyone's competitiveness or join in on the fun. I was a little surprised that no one accidentally set Fishlegs' boat on fire while going after the sheep, although that didn't stop his plans from getting ruined anyway. He got over that amazingly quickly.

Meh. I didn't go into it expecting much, with it only being 26 minutes long. I don't regret watching it but have no desire to ever rewatch it. At the same time, I haven't watched any of the other How to Train Your Dragon shorts and have no idea how this one compares.

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