2014, Dean DeBlois (Lilo & Stitch) -- cinema
Hiccup is now the talk of the town, soon to become Chief, if his father's pressure works on him. He makes dragon saddles and tools for the village and in his free time, explores the wilds, seeking out new lands and new dragons. On one of these journeys, he comes across a band of evil (ok, misunderstood) dragon trappers who work for the Big Bad, Drago. It still kind of erks me that we have to resort to dark skinned bad guys these days, along with all the connotations attached. But I also have to admit that Djimon Hounsou voices Drago brilliantly, filled with menace and the tenacity of a fanatic. It is inevitable that Hiccup will butt heads with this madman. Luckily, his mother turns up with unexpected help.
The movie is great. But it does suffer from a bit of sequel-itis. The structure still involves Hiccup being a bit of an outsider, not wanting to become Chief, and the discovery and confrontation of a leviathan sized dragon, the Bewilderbeast. Through team work and loyalty, Hiccup and his friends are able to defeat the Big Bad, but not without cost. Seriously? They killed off Stoick? Bah, one of my favourite voice overs is Gerard Butler. But with sequel comes movement forward and without his death, Hiccup will not be leader for the third, likely even more world changing, movie.