THE current star in the computer animated world is Pixar and they have been since the early days of Toy Story.  But this newest DreamWorks animation suggests the company has grown up and realised the pop culture humour of Shrek ages fast and will never st


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THE current star in the computer animated world is Pixar and they have been since the early days of Toy Story.

But this newest DreamWorks animation suggests the company has grown up and realised the pop culture humour of Shrek ages fast and will never stand the test of time.

This new movie is not just a comedy with a story tagged on - it is definitely the DreamWorks breakthrough work, their equivalent Wall-E.

It has got a bit of a clunky start, yes, but once young dippy ruffian Hiccup makes his connection to the adorable dragon the movie enters its own world.

On paper it is the usual tale of the unlikely hero overcoming all odds but what takes this further is the depth on screen of the beautiful animations and characters.

For both adult and child alike there is a real dreamlike quality to the story and images. It is about delicate complicated relationships between son and father, boy and dragon.

How To Train Your Dragon honestly makes previous DreamWorks movies like Bee Movie, Madagascar and Shark Tale look amateur.

This is probably the surprise animation classic of the year and it is one of the first - with Toy Story 3 looking very promising 2010 could be a brilliant year for computer animations.

5/5 STARS

TIM LINCE