My kids are 3 and 5, so I've spent a lot of the last couple years watching kids movies, and of all of them this one is my favorite. Obviously somewhat cliche in "nerdy kid is the hero" kinda plot, but it's really well done. It doesn't rely on wink and nod references to keep me entertained as a parent. Just a positive, original story with likable characters like toothless and hiccup. I know it was based on a book, but I tried to read it for my kids and it''s so different it barely counts. I really like this movie and am excited to see the sequel.