It's no secret that Dreamworks always seems to fall short compared to Pixar. I think one of College Humor's "Honest Oscar Posters" summed it up best last year:
How To Train Your Dragon is a refreshing change. It follows a young Viking, Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) who is supposed to be training to fight dragons. Instead he finds himself caring for one that is injured, and realizes everything the Vikings ever knew about dragons was wrong.
It's a very predictable plot, but most kids movies are. Dragons manages to be very endearing and teach a valuable lesson throughout. There's actually lots of lessons piled into this film. Learning to except who you are, and not be who someone else wants you to be. Not judging a book by it's cover. Seeing something from another's point of view, etc. The animation is good, though not as ground breaking as say, WALL-E for instance. It was a very enjoyable film nonetheless, and probably Dreamwork's best since Shrek 2.
Voice actors include Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kristen Wiig,and David Tenant.
Memorable Quote: "Thanks for the breast-hat." - Hiccup (Jay Baruchel)
--EDIT-- After thinking about it more, I raised my grade from B+ to A-. Also, l thought I should include the following: When I wrote my review for Toy Story 3, I wrote "See you at the Oscars, Dreamworks." After viewing this, I should definitely change that to "See you at the Oscars, Pixar!"