John Powell: How To Train Your Dragon

The blockbuster animation won the hearts of children and adults alike, but John Powell's soundtrack is pure action movie class.

It's the story of a timid Viking boy who discovers he has a natural talent for training and domesticating his biggest fear - fire-breathing dragons. But what makes the movie adaption of Cressida Cowell's best-selling kids' books so successful is that it can be enjoyed by children and adults - and that goes for John Powell's soundtrack, too.

Powell is something of a minor Hollywood legend, having provided the soundtracks to some incredible money-shifting blockbusters throughout the years (try The Bourne trilogy, for starters). But with How To Train Your Dragon, he earned his first Academy Award nomination - and with two more sequels confirmed with him on board as composer, maybe we'll see him approaching the stage sometime soon…