With so many animated features released these days, it takes a lot for one to stand out for originality ... and this one does, even without the 3-D effects it had in theaters. In the adaptation of the same-named Cressida Cowell book, Jay Baruchel ( "She's Out of My League") voices a young Viking-in-training named Hiccup who wants to impress his demanding father (voice of Gerard Butler) by mastering the title task.
His mentor has the enjoyable vocals of comic and late-night television host Craig Ferguson. America Ferrera ( "Ugly Betty") and "Superbad" alumni Jonah Hill and Christopher Mintz-Plasse also are heard. DVD extras: theatrical trailers; nine "making-of" documentaries; audio commentary by cast and crew members; deleted scenes. *** (PG: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray)Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times