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A must-see movie that teaches your kids about power and love.

By JO ABI

Don’t you love it when a movie made for kids surprises you by actually being amazing? This year, the biggest, most pleasant surprise for me was how good How to Train Your Dragon 2 really was.

And I hadn’t even seen the first one.

I wasn’t in the mood to watch yet another kid’s movie on the day I took my children to see it. I was feeling a bit cranky that I hadn’t had the opportunity to see a grown up movie in what seemed like forever.

My plan was to eat my chocolate bullets from the lolly bar and secretly read an iBook.

Instead, the movie grabbed me from the beginning. Hiccup and his adorable and faithful dragon Toothless have improved their village by brokering peace with all dragons. Hiccup’s father Stoick loves his son so much but is also scared for him. He tries to walk the line between supporting his son’s efforts and protecting him.

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Then it all falls apart, thanks to two of the biggest, scariest dragons I have ever seen in a movie, as well as the evil Drago. And when the story about Hiccup’s long-lost mother was explained, I was a goner.

I still ate my chocolate bullets but my iBook was forgotten and I cried twice. My daughter, who was annoyed at being dragged to a boy’s movie, was equally enthralled.

We burst out of the cinema at the end of the movie, chattering away about it. And as soon as we got home we watched the original movie.

All children’s movies try and teach lessons, however, too many of them do it in a superficial way. How To Train Your Dragon 2 just gets right in there, dealing with power, love, death, longing and every other challenge you could face living in a world where dragons fly around like birds.

And now, more good news.

Today is Dragon’s Day and to celebrate the release of How To Train Your Dragon 2 on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 50 copies of the movie up for grabs. To be in the running, all you have to do is upload your child’s best “Toothless Selfie” on Facebook or Instagram and use the hashtag #toothlessselfieOZ, in honour of the faithful dragon Toothless.

Obviously, I’m not trying to win a copy for myself, but I do have a “Toothless Selfie” I’d like to share.

Cute, right?

We can’t wait to see yours so upload them today for your chance to win a DVD of one of the best children’s movies of the year, valued at $24.95.

For the competition T&Cs, click here. *THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED *

The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the  fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The  inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the  power-hungry Drago when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases DreamWorks  Animation’s critically acclaimed HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2 on Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital  HD November 12th, Fans will get even more excitement, adventure and, of course, more dragons when DreamWorks Animation releases DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS, an all-new  animated adventure featuring the original voice cast. A hunt for lost sheep soon turns into a  high-flying sprint in the all-new epic adventure as Hiccup and friends battle to become the  first Dragon Racing Champion of Berk! DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS will be  available on Blu-ray & Blu-ray 3D.

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