Dragon Classes in the HTTYD Universe – Continued

In my previous post about dragon classes as discovered by the Viking’s of Berk, I mentioned the first person – Bork the Bold – to start researching, observing and classifying dragons. We went into 3 dragon classes. This post attempts to talk about more dragons (do I need an excuse?)

Sharp Class

Timberjack_book_of_dragonsThe dragons under this class are supposed to be vain and self-obsessed. They also have a lot of pride and possess a body with sharp parts.

Some of the dragons under this class are – Timberjack, Speed Stinger, Stormcutter, Raincutter, Scuttleclaw, Hackatoo, Shivertooth and Windstriker.

Tidal Class

33fbe18f0b75e6960a72603203219519Usually found near the ocean, these dragons can very rarely use fire breath. They are larger than most dragons. Hiccup has mentioned that Tidal Class dragons can’t stay out of water for too long but it has been proven false for some of the dragons in this class.

Some of the dragons under this class are – Scauldron, Thunderdrum, Seashocker, Bewilderbeast, Shockjaw, Sand Wraith, Tide Glider, Sliquifier, Submaripper and Desert Wraith

Mystery Class

boneknapper_by_xx_nightfurygirl_xx-d5eom1vThey are aptly named ‘Mystery” Class because not much is known about them. They are hard to track and barely give you any chance to observe them. They are easily the most feared dragon class of all of the classes.

Some of the dragons under this class are – Changewing, Boneknapper, Smothering Smokebreath, Flightmare, Sweet Death, Hideous Zippleback, Snaptrapper and Sword Stealer

Strike Class

gift_of_the_night_fury_screencap___toothless_by_sdk2k9-d5dgx3mThis is my favorite class because, well, Toothless. Dragons from the strike class are extremely fast and intelligent. They have amazing firepower and intense strength. They are rare and very close to extinction. They are known to be very difficult to train, which makes Hiccup’s training of Toothless quite an underestimated feat.

Some of the dragons under this class are – Skrill, Night Fury and Woolly Howl.

Mad about Madagascar

From folklore to fables, animals have been used to teach us how to live. Sometimes stories are about good versus bad. While at other times they are not so black and white. Human traits are attributed to animals (a form known as allegory), making it easier for kids to understand and make distinctions in behavior.

These days we are serving old wine in a new bottle. Instead of fables, we have larger-than-life animated movies that offer valuable lessons in living for children. One such movie is Madagascar. The lovely thing about the Madagascar characters is that they have both positive and negative traits, as humans do. But we don’t criticize them for that, we accept them. There you go, life lesson one – acceptance.

Accept!

People around us have their own individual traits. Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so are these traits. We classify these traits as good and bad based on who we are. Accepting people as they are and allowing them to find their way out of their own obstacles is one of the greatest gifts of friendship. We don’t tell our friends what they should do and lay down conditions for being lovable; we show them that we are there for them no matter what. Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman show us how!

Madagascar 2PhotonQ-M.Soleil” by PhOtOnQuAnTiQuE is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Go after your dreams.

As Marty shows us, we cannot waste away our lives daydreaming. To make our dreams a reality we have to get out of our comfort zone. That is not easy. Marty also believes in that old saying, ‘when life gives you lemons, make lemonade’ and his optimism is infectious.

MartyMarty the Zebra…” by rmansoorian is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Be Comfortable in Your Own Skin.

The more comfortable you are with yourself, the happier you will feel. We learn that from Gloria who takes life at a leisurely pace, never losing her cool, no matter what is going on around her. She drives home the point ‘cool head on the rapids’ and enjoys having a good time.

Gloria

gloria & moto moto” by digipam is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Take a Chill Pill.

Melman loves getting attention and sometimes gets it by imagining all kinds of illnesses, but what he really needs is to relax and know that letting go is all it takes to be content. He also teaches us to take a stand; we don’t have to always please others and be agreeable in order to be liked.

Melman

Melman” by Luciano Joaquim is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Go with the Flow.

In stark contrast to Melman is Alex, who is a born showman and confident. Alex is also a perfectionist and does not like change. The less you hold on to the way things were and your past, the easier it is to stay open to all the wonderful things life has to offer.

Alex

Alex Dance 0439” by mliu92 is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Happiness is but a Move Away.

While he may come across as conceited, King Julien XIII knows the secret to happiness. Let your hair down, dance (it releases happiness hormones) and have a good time every now and then. Another lesson: we need not wait for other people to make us feel special. We can hold our heads high, wear our crowns and know we rock!

Julian

Cartoon Lemurs” by Maurina Rara is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

If you think the Madagascar characters and their shenanigans are farfetched, you will be surprised to learn that animals in real life can make unlikely friends too!

Reviewing Penguins of Madagascar

I caught a show of the rib-tickling penguin adventure, Penguins of Madagascar, and boy was I glad! Everyone knows I’m a huge fan of Dreamworks and therefore I thought I’d do a review here, even though I want this to be a dragon related site.

You’ll see the sidekicks from the Madagascar series globetrot across Antarctica, Venice, Shanghai and America to forge an alliance with the North Wind to defeat the villainous “Dave” (Dr Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich). Led by the highly trained and arrogant Agent Classified (Benedict Cumberbatch), “North Wind” specializes in spy missions, this being their one of the most high-profile cases.

The Plot

There’s nothing super innovative and ingenious about the plot, but it is still entertaining. In their quest for Cheesy Dibbles, our featherless four from the Madagascar series – Skipper (the unquestioned leader of the gang), Kowalski (the brains behind every operation), Rico (the ammo expert) and Private (with his heart always in the right place) – find themselves the target of Dave, an evil Octopus masquerading as a scientist. Dave’s mission, since the penguins stole his limelight at the Zoo many years ago, is to turn all the penguins of the world into ugly monsters. To save them from Dave, the interspecies task force, North Wind, comes to their rescue.

What follows is a rollercoaster ride. Mad antics typical of the adorable flippered birds and great punchlines every now and then ensure that the guffaws keep coming!

Catch It or Miss It?

DreamWorks has done a commendable job by giving the penguins of Madagascar the roles and screen space that they deserve. The impressive animation coupled with witty, rib-tickling dialogues of all the characters makes the movie a wonderful family adventure. Not a moment goes by without some shenanigan or the other by the characters or quick, witty repartee between them. Going by the number of laugh-out-loud moments I saw my kids have in the movie hall, I can safely say that this movie has found fans in my kids.

On the tech side of things, Penguins of Madagascar is a colorful journey with careful details that have gone into the animated 3D scenes. Aesthetic camerawork, crisp editing and superlative animation thoughtfully contribute towards the flamboyance of the North Wind and the cuteness of the penguins. The fine movements of the octopi’ tentacles to the ten-in-a-second flapping of the penguins’ wings make for brilliant visuals alongside the plot.

Save for being stretched at a few points, like the penultimate fight between the villains and the heroes, Penguins of Madagascar makes for a wonderful watch with family this Christmas!

Have you watched the movie? What did you think of it?