April 24, 2010

Jónsi, sticks and stones, and flying on the backs of night-black dragons

Last weekend, my charming British friend Paul and I donned those uber-stylish 3D glasses and went to see How To Train Your Dragon, unaccompanied by children of any sort — just two adults at the matinee Sunday showing of an animated 3D film about Vikings (one named “Stoic The Vast,” among other delights), misunderstood youth, and whimsical technicolor dragons that soar and wheel in the sky.

Since my favorite dream will always be the one where I rediscover my latent ability to fly untethered, I was not ashamed to giddily enjoy all the 3D flying sequences on the backs of dragons in this film, over crashing ocean waves and fertile canyons. Speechless at the end, Paul just said it was one of the best movies he’s seen in a long time, and I agreed.

As the credits rolled, my heart flew up and away with the unexpected (but flawlessly placed) music of Sigur Ros frontman Jónsi. It’s a new song called “Sticks and Stones,” and it couldn’t fit the feeling of the film any better.

Sticks and Stones – Jónsi


  • really? paulthebrit? ’cause that would be crazy. . . though not wholly unexpected.

    Heather Brown — April 24, 2010 @ 11:47 am

  • Heather, did you know this is the movie that Angela Park (who works at Dreamworks) has been working on for several years? according to my mom, her name is rather prominent in the credits. !!!
    i haven’t seen it yet, but i’m trying to make it out this weekend.
    also, that song is GLORIOUS. :D

    Jillian — April 24, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

  • Ooh – really? I did watch the credits and may have even saw her name, but you know – so few Angela Parks :)
    Thanks for the heads-up – that’s AWESOME! We loved it.

    browneheather — April 24, 2010 @ 12:52 pm

  • I love the movie and made my husband sit through the credits to find out who the song was by :)

    just a girl — April 25, 2010 @ 10:15 pm

  • yeah, and it was like THE VERY LAST THING listed :)

    browneheather — April 25, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

  • Yes, we went through exactly the same thing last weekend. Loved the movie, and then to make everything that much better Jonsi’s voice shows up at the end. We had just seen his live show in Vancouver a couple weeks prior, so it was an amazing find. And yes we waited to the very end just to see his name on the big screen.

    shaun — April 26, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

  • This post was just the kick in the pants that I needed to go see this movie that I’d already heard so many great things about. And it was perfect!
    I’m a loyal reader, but I mostly lurk – if I thanked you for every new artist you introduced me to I’d just make the same comment every day. But here’s a quick thanks, for this post and so many others :) Your taste is excellent (or maybe just uncannily like mine), and I love the way your passion for each artist and each song shines through as you share them with us.

    SRH — April 28, 2010 @ 12:54 am

  • wow. thanks for posting this. i’ve been “jonesin” for some more “jonsi”. see what i did there. except i guess i don’t know if that works because i don’t know how in the hell you pronounce “Jonsi”. can you help with that?

    anyway, thanks for the stellar track!

    motovres — May 5, 2010 @ 7:42 am

  • i just saw how to train our dragon and i was so excited when the credits rolled, woo hoo for jonsi!

    fiface — May 5, 2010 @ 11:30 am

  • Watched it without any kids accompanying me too .. watched it with my cousins, and we are all adults but could not stop my tears at those special heart-warming/ heart-breaking moments of Toothless and Hiccup <3

    Really wonderful movie!

    Great blogpost!

    Sukhada — May 10, 2010 @ 3:23 am

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