Dreamworks shows co-existence works – even with dragons

It isn’t easy for a kid to tell his family and community that co-existing with wildlife is possible. It’s probably a little harder when that wildlife is made up primarily of dragons.

But in DreamWorks’ 2010 Oscar-nominated film, How to Train Your Dragon, we learned that dragons can be our friends. And in the follow-up, the just released How to Train Your Dragon 2, we learned the importance of respecting wildlife – and the harrows when we don’t.

*minor spoiler alert*

In the continuing adventures of Hiccup (Canadian Jay Barachel) and Toothless (the Night Fury), the duo are exploring the world now accessible to the Vikings with their flying pals: the diverse group of dragons sharing their island.

With the magic of animated film, outstanding writing and terrific voice actors, the adventure kicks off quickly: Hiccup and Toothless stumble into the path of the evil dragon trappers. Are you starting to get why this film appealed to us?

Without revealing the twists, turns, heartbreak and joy of the storyline, we can tell you that the trappers, who as previously stated are clearly evil (and ironically speak with English accents, while the good guys are all Scottish-voiced), use domination and anger to try and control dragons. But Hiccup and his band of dragon riders show respect, honour and friendship – and peacefully co-exist.

This film cannot be more firmly recommended by APFA – for families, friends, date-night, or anyone who enjoys wildlife and a good story. Check out your local theatre and see first-hand that even fire-breathing animals are beautiful, sentient beings that deserve our respect.

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