Originally Posted by Malcolm R
HTTYD, in addition to what I felt was superior animation, imagination and music, had a great story about not judging people...or dragons...based on appearance or first impressions--an important theme to address in our current age of "suicide by intolerance"--as well as the importance of family acceptance (love them for who they are, not who you want them to be) and that fighting for what's right often has consequences and sometimes demands sacrifice (Hiccup does not survive the film intact). Plus, the flying sequence with Hiccup and Astrid on Toothless is one of the most gorgeous sequences ever animated on film, and is but one of several amazing sequences in the film.
TS3 was just a kid growing up and leaving his toys behind, and the toys freaking out about it.
Originally Posted by Brian Borst
It's odd that you are able to see the deeper themes in How to Train Your Dragon, but don't see them in Toy Story 3.
Agreed. To dismiss the themes of "TS3" as "toys freaking out" misses the point. There's nothing in "Dragon" remotely as moving as the scene in which the toys face their ultimate fate.
Those "deep themes" in "Dragon" look like the same old same old to me - or is the misfit who makes good somehow new?