This impressive animated action film features several returning characters plus several key additions. Young Viking Hiccup, voiced by Jay Baruchel, and his dragon friend Toothless lead the good fight against a new evil power that includes a seemingly overpowering dragon army. Hiccup’s Viking friends Snotlout, Tuffnut, Ruffnut, Fishlegs, and Astrid also have companion dragons. Based on Cressida Cowell’s book series, How to Train Your Dragon 2 happens five years after the first film where dragon races and exploration lead to the next adventure. These life-changing discoveries drive an action-filled plot that introduces Fret, voiced by Kit Harington; Drago Bludvist, a dragon hunter voiced by Djimon, and a very important female character named Valka, voiced by Cate Blanchett who has a stormcutter dragon named Cloudjumper. How to Train Your Dragon 2 provides enough character/plot progression especially with Hiccup’s father, Stoick the Vast, well voiced again by Gerard Butler, while stars Craig Ferguson (Stoick’s long-time friend Gobber) and Jonah Hill (Snotlout) inject humor and memorable dialogue. Director/co-writer Dean DeBlois amazes with the animation during the one hour and 42 minute film that audiences of all ages can enjoy. John Powell delivers another amazing musical score, which showcases a 120-piece orchestra, 100-voice choir, and bagpipe Scottish group The Red Hot Chilli Pipers. Recommended (***) and rated PG for adventure action and some mild rude humor. Fans can also look forward to the third installment coming in June, 2016.
There is a volunteer opportunity for dog lovers just waiting to unleash some of their free time. ADAI (Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence) is supported locally by The Ability Center to help people with disabilities. This is an opportunity for community members who love puppies (who doesn’t?) and who want to lend a helping hand.
Winter seemed to last forever. Some of us didn’t stick to our healthy routines over the cold months. It’s time to come out of hibernation and Spring Into Health! We talked to some of the top, local health experts. They answered some questions about their area of specialty and gave some healthy advice, too. Sarah
Three Toledoans fulfill passions with their hobbies Life sometimes makes it difficult to find time for yourself. With family, work and other responsibilities, a hobby often doesn’t seem possible. Retirement is the perfect time to explore activities that you might have only thought about fleetingly in years past. If you are looking to slow down