Hidden Meaning in How to Train Your Dragon – Earthling Cinema

Hidden Meaning in How to Train Your Dragon – Earthling Cinema

Greetings, and welcome to Earthling Cinema. I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s artifact is “How to Train Your
Dragon,” the long awaited sequel to the Kate Hudson romantic comedy “How to Lose a Guy in Ten Dragons.” The story takes place when Vikings ruled Earth,
thought to be sometime in the early 1970s based on the propensity for ridiculous headgear. On the island of Berk, dragons have come every
day for thousands of years to steal livestock, of which they somehow have an infinitely renewable supply despite being a tiny place with no discernible natural resources or trade relationships. Our protagonist is Hiccup, son of the Viking
mayor Stoick the Ginge. Hiccup is too scrawny for any worthwhile pursuits
like killing dragons or growing beards, so he spends his time being creative, the most
disappointing thing imaginable for a parent. Hi Mom! But the joke’s on everyone else, because he invents the slingshot and uses it to shoot down a Night Furry, even though it’s the rarest
dragon of them all and has like 1000 hit points and usually all he can find is a Zubat. Hiccup is unable to kill the Furry because
of his lameness, but luckily its tail is injured, meaning it can’t escape from a very convenient
natural enclosure. A friend who can’t run away? Now that’s more like it! Hiccup starts buttering up his dragon roll
with sushi, and names it Toothless because he doesn’t understand what having teeth is. Then, in order to preserve the new balance of power, he gives it a prosthetic tail piece only he can control. Astrid, an impossibly cool and capable girl
who nevertheless takes a backseat to Hiccup the first chance she gets, discovers Hiccup’s secret dragon situation, and they kidnap her so she won’t go gabbing her gossipy little mouth. Then Toothless accidentally flies them to
the dragon’s nest, where they discover a huge dragon king that controls the other dragons through telepathy or something. It doesn’t matter. Hiccup has more important shit to worry about
than the safety of his community: he has to take the big test at dragon school. But during the test he gets caught cheating
when Toothless tries to slip him the answers, so he has no choice but to distract everyone
by talking about the dragon’s nest. Stoick decides they have to go check out the
nest immediately without any preparation or battle plan. Unsurprisingly, the adult Vikings can’t beat
a three hundred foot dragon king with their hammers and shields. But then the children show up and save the day because children are smarter and better than adults, especially children from the
#90s. Remember Doug? They all fly around for a while, and the dragon
king isn’t that chill at flying, so it crashes stupidly into the ground and explodes. Hiccup pretends to be dead for a hot second,
but surprise! He just lost his foot, which is fine, because
he and Toothless are twinsies. And now all the dragons are good guys who
are totally cool with being enslaved. Like any piece of youth-oriented propaganda
worth its salt, “How to Train Your Dragon” is a morality tale that reflects a common generational divide. The older Vikings maintain the traditional
belief that “others” — in this case dragons — are to be feared. The next generation must choose to either
adopt the teachings of their parents or forge their own cultural identity, like going to Bonnaroo instead of Woodstork. When Hiccup learns that the dragon raids are fueled by simple self preservation, he advocates treating the dragons not with genocide, but with friend-o-cide. Patent pending. Or should I say patent friending? I shouldn’t, not until the patent is finalized. Hiccup’s approach is reminiscent of the old proverb that says, “An enemy is one whose story you have not yet heard.” Attributed to “anonymous,” so you know it’s good. The distinction between the young and old
is highlighted by Hiccup’s father, Mayor Stoick. His name is a nod to an ancient Greek school
of yogurt called Stoicism, that preached rigid self-control and mastery of one’s emotions, among other things. In a colloquial sense, being a stoic usually
means being an emotional hardass. Just ask my ex-wife. Actually please don’t, because the deposition
did not go well and I really need that alimony. Hiccup rejects his father’s ideology when
he allows himself to respond emotionally to the scared and vulnerable Toothless. Fortunately, this new attitude wears off by
the end of the film, when Hiccup finds it within himself to brutally slaughter the dragon
king without any attempt at communication or empathy. Hiccup’s sparing of Toothless because the
fear in its eyes reflects Hiccup’s fears that he will never crossfit in with his own people. But even if his muscles can’t get stronger,
his bond with Toothless can and does. When Toothless becomes ground-bound, Hiccup uses his nerdsmanship to build a new tail thingy. Toothless returns the favor by teaching Hiccup
how to train dragons — hey, that’s the name of the movie — thereby transforming him from
zero… to winner. At the end of the film, their connection becomes
fully cemented when Hiccup also loses the ability to fly. Ultimately, the film teaches that a person
must resist the pressure to conform to others’ expectations. Cut your brows as short as you want, you hippies. The Hiccups of the universe were never meant
to be fierce dragon-slaying warriors. Instead, they should stick to what they do
best: talking to their pets and waiting around for the girls who are out of their league to fall in love with them. For Earthling Cinema, I’m Garyx Wormuloid. Thanks for flying the friendly skies.

100 thoughts on “Hidden Meaning in How to Train Your Dragon – Earthling Cinema

  1. I felt angry to see the battered case. I'm not angry at anyone. I just felt weird when seeing it since HTTYD is literally my favorite Trilogy. (third coming at 2019)

  2. "Talk to your pets and wait around for the girl out of your league to fall in love with you" Pretty much me in High School….. Which was probably why I was obsessed with this movie around that time. Serious. This movie was my Star Wars. Now that I'm older I connect more with Dragon 2 and I'm sure Dragon 3 will have a message for my generation when it eventually comes out. Such a great story

  3. The food porn at 1:24 is unacceptable! Your mother would be ashamed of you for showing us this Garix!! #uncensoredeating

  4. I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed how the tailfin fix wasn't to help Toothless, it was just to make him useful for Hiccup.

  5. The dragon "king" is actually a girl because is the 2 movie is valka says "every nest has a queen but this is the king of all dragon"

  6. I just realized this:

    "Extremely Dangerous, kill on sight"

    If the dragon so dangerous, how can you kill it on sight? Shouldn't it be "avoid at all cost"?

    Unless the book is talking that the dragon "kills on sight", then it's just a bundle of confusion and one sided battles.

  7. NOT A DRAGON KING A QUEEN ! A Queen Death to be exact and this one is called the Red Death and it cannot be trained asit is a female of said species and they are unreasonably hostile!

  8. ah fuk you ruind my Favorited movie and btw its not night furry its night fury idiot. I could say more but you would not understand because you are such a dumbass idiot

  9. Simply put, without the humor, I felt the dragons symbolize ideas or the concept of free thought and expression.

  10. "talking to their pets, and waiting for the girls who are out of their league to fall for them" that's pretty much my plan

  11. "Talking to their pets and waiting for the girls that are out of their league to fall in love with then."

  12. An absolute Masterpiece; HTTYD 2 was even better. The third film will be an absolute beautiful Masterpiece, that will end the trilogy off perfectly.

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