I managed to find a theater that was still showing "The Hurt Locker". It's well made (most Oscar winners are), if not (apparently) terribly accurate. I watched the movie with fatigue-based detachment. Later I related the plot to Dementia, and she commented, "It's a parable about vocation." She was right. That led me to realize that I felt significant envy for the film's protagonist; he had a job that he was good at, and that he loved doing. The fact that it also put him at daily risk of turning into pink mist simply is not relevant.
"How to Train Your Dragon" is, in many ways, pretty standard adolescent animated fare. Except... It has so much soul that the cliches all WORK, as do the characters, and the animation. It deals with the things I WANT stories to deal with: Courage and honor and friendship. It is not, in the end, a great movie, but I it has been a very long time since I have seen a movie that I enjoyed more.