Chasseurs de Dragons (Dragon Hunters)

2008

Chasseurs de Dragons (Dragon Hunters) (2008)

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A little girl helps two would-be heroes save the world from a rampaging beast in this GCI-animated feature from France. Lord Arnold was once a brave warrior who frequently did battle with the World Gobbler, a fearsome dragon who would return every five years to bring destruction to everything (and everyone) in its path. However, Arnold is growing old, his vision is failing him and he's no longer up to the challenge of battling dragons. Arnold's niece Zoe is a spunky young girl who has learned to best the tiny dragons that play in the woods and wants to move on to more ambitious game, but Arnold is wary of letting her face the beasts he's chased most of his life. Fate steps in when Zoe gets lost in the forest and a pair of opportunistic wanderers, brave Lian Chu and conniving Gwizdo, find her and attempt to return her to her uncle in hopes of a reward. As they make their way back to Lord Arnold's castle, Lian Chu and Gwizdo find they've been misidentified as a pair of knights who've come to vanquish the World Gobbler, and with Zoe's help they square off against one of the world's most powerful dragons. The voice cast for the original French release of Chasseurs de Dragons included Marie Drion, Vincent Lindon, Patrick Timsit and Philippe Nahon; for its release in English-langue territories as Dragon Hunters, Forest Whitaker, Mary Mouser, Rob Paulsen and Dave Wittenberg headlined the vocal cast.

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Critic Reviews for Chasseurs de Dragons (Dragon Hunters)

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Dragon Hunters is sort of a lightweight, inoffensive programmer if what you want your children exposed to is mindless and pointless audio-visual entertainment rather than, you know, reading a book or stepping outside.

Dec 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Reasonably enjoyable yet ultimately insubstantial.

Dec 11, 2008 | Full Review…
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Rather than feeling refreshingly old fashioned with its lack of over-caffeinated antics, Dragon Hunters just seems boring, going through the action-adventure motions without much verve.

Dec 11, 2008 | Full Review…

At its heart, Dragon Hunters is a decent fantasy adventure that nourishes childhood imagination better than most independent animated releases.

Sep 24, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

Many children's animated films pull their punches too often and too much. This film doesn't mind getting its hands dirty.

Sep 21, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

an astounding work of the imagination that deserves to be discovered, shared, and loved.

Aug 28, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Chasseurs de Dragons (Dragon Hunters)

The French and 3D animation don't go well together. Dragon Hunters is a subpar animated film about an idealistic girl wanting to meet a brave stumbling upon a gentle giant, and they hunt for dragon. Nothing interesting to see here other than horrible writing and really terrible voice acting.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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Beautifully filmed, with some truly exquisite passages, this film falls flat by being so typically derivative, showing us nothing we haven't seen before except some beautifully filmed scenes. Even the story seems creaky - a young princess dreams of vanquishing the arch dragon, that her uncle has kept at bay for years. She runs away from the castle (with underdeveloped motivation) and therefore gets saved by a "team" of Dragon Hunters - one, the strong, pure hearted, but kinda dim Lian Chu (wish they would have called him Dim Sum), and the conniving, quasi jive talking Gwizdo - they form an odd couple indeed... just as we've seen in countless other films. Upon rescuing the girl, the team decides to return her to her uncle, hoping to receive a reward - instead they are sent on a mission to rid the realm of the arch dragon "world gobbler". The rest is a quest, which provides some nice imagery and artful animation, but is ruined by the typical casting of the characters involved. The little girl won't stop yakking while Gwizdo continues to be the typical wise cracking non hero... and Dim Sum? He says next to nothing, continually looking into the camera with a bewildered look behind his fu Manchu. The film is also a bit lazy as it reused several shots - in particular those of a crowd laughing at Dim Sum as he tries to vanquish some kind of giant caterpillar. This is jarring when set against Roger Deanesque vistas of small jagged worlds tumbling through space. Such shots are nice, but the implausibility of jumping from one "planet" to another further reminds you that at all times you are watching animation - not something visceral. I suppose you could suggest that the film is just a dream, and being French, I suppose that's possible... but then I must compare it to another French film that was actually a dream - Fantastic Planet. There you had a film with a purpose, exploring many sci-fi themes with originality - while with Dragon Hunters; well, I'm not sure what the purpose was, or why this film got green lighted - it doesn't cover any new ground and really, except for it's quirky, yet nicely done animated style, has no reason to exist.

paul sandberg
paul sandberg

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½

While it's not as polished and fully cohesive like a bigger production, it's one that is passable. That being said the story is very basic but the environments and quality of the images are top notch!

Chris Browning
Chris Browning

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½

I don't wanna say I hated this movie but I didn't like it that much either. The only thing it had going for it (in my opinion) is a pretty cool visual style and some decent ideas. That's about it. It tries to be serious and goofy and it just doesn't mesh well because there's no real room for the 'serious' shit to breathe. It's only an 80 minute movie after all. While I was watching this movie I had the feeling that this movie was just a made for TV movie. I don't think it was made for tv, but it IS based on a TV animated series. A fact that I became privy to this fact whilst doing a search on my phone for this movie. And that's really what it feels like to be honest. It doesn't take TOO many risks but it doesn't play it safe all the time. Also, I don't know if it's just me, I HOPE I'm not the only one but what was up with the pedo dog/bunny/thing having a thing for the little girl. It was odd, but amusing. It reminded me of this Japanese show that got dubbed into Engish for american audiences called Shin Chan. I remember there was this episode where this male adult kept trying to lure Shin Chan (a 7 or 8 year old boy at the most) to come with him because he had candy in his suitcase. I thought that was fucking hilarious. Politically incorrect, but hilarious. Not so in this movie, as it's supposed to be a movie for a tween demographic. Thankfully they smartened up and they became friends in the movie and the weird dog/bunny didn't try to rape her. Oh and Forest Whitaker, I'm a fan of his. I thought he was awesome in Ghost Dog: The way of the Samurai and in The Last King of Scotland....but, my god was his voice acting horrible in this movie. Just one of the worst jobs I've ever seen. The thing is, Forest's style of performance doesn't really lend itself to voice acting because he has a really expressive face, so that adds to a lot of his performances. In this movie, there's no emotion in his voice. He speaks everything in the same low, hushed tone of voice. Maybe that's the way his character is supposed to be, but even then it's still a shitty performance, because there are ways to do this type of character and still have the voice acting be good. Forest just doesn't seem to give a shit, and I mean not that I would, considering next to nobody (except fans of the show, I didn't even KNOW there was a show, much less a fanbase) watched it. So he made some easy money I suppose. But yea, unfortunately since I have NOT (and most probably WILL not) watched the series, I feel that this movie really wasn't made with me in mind. I'm sure fans of the series will enjoy and hey, that's who the movie was for so I can't really hate this movie as much because I'm uneducated to the whole cartoon series.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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