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|Created by||Chris Sanders
|Developed by||Linda Teverbaugh
|Voices of||Jay Baruchel
|Theme music composer||John Paesano
John Powell (themes)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||79 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Linda Teverbaugh
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||DreamWorks Animation|
|Original network||Cartoon Network (2012–14)
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||August 7, 2012 – present|
|Preceded by||How to Train Your Dragon (2010)|
|Followed by||How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)|
DreamWorks Dragons is an American computer-animated television series based on the 2010 film How to Train Your Dragon. The series serves as a bridge between the first film and its 2014 sequel.
A one-hour preview consisting of two episodes aired on August 7, 2012, on Cartoon Network, with the official premiere of the series on September 4, 2012. A total of 40 episodes aired on Cartoon Network during the first two seasons, subtitled Riders of Berk and Defenders of Berk respectively while a third season entitled Race to the Edge debuted on Netflix on June 26, 2015. The second and third seasons of Dragons: Race to the Edge premiered on January 8 and June 24, 2016, respectively.
DreamWorks Dragons was announced by Cartoon Network on October 12, 2010. According to Tim Johnson, executive producer for How to Train Your Dragon, the series was planned to be much darker and deeper than DreamWorks Animation's previous television series spin-offs, with a similar tone to the movie. DreamWorks Dragons was the first DreamWorks Animation series to air on Cartoon Network rather than Nickelodeon.
The series features Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, and David Tennant reprising their roles from the How to Train Your Dragon film. New cast members includes Julie Marcus and Andree Vermeulen as Ruffnut (previously voiced by Kristen Wiig), Zack Pearlman as Snotlout (previously voiced by Jonah Hill), Chris Edgerly as Gobber the Belch (previously voiced by Craig Ferguson), and Nolan North as Stoick the Vast (previously voiced by Gerard Butler).
Taking place between How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2, Riders of Berk follows Hiccup as he tries to keep balance within the new cohabitation of Dragons and Vikings. Alongside keeping up with Berk's newest installment — A Dragon Training Academy — Hiccup, Toothless, and the rest of the Viking Teens are put to the test when they are faced with new worlds harsher than Berk, new dragons that can't all be trained, and new enemies who are looking for every reason to destroy the harmony between Vikings and Dragons altogether.
- Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (voiced by Jay Baruchel) – Protagonist of the series; often the chief negotiator between human and draconic characters. He and his dragon, Toothless, a Night Fury, share the strongest bond of all riders and dragons. He is mechanically gifted, having invented a prosthetic caudal fin for Toothless and various other dragon riding equipment. He lost the lower part of his left leg in the fight with the Red Death in the series' feature film, but had it replaced with a prosthetic.
- Astrid Hofferson (voiced by America Ferrera) – Astrid is Hiccup's close friend and the unofficial second-in-command of the dragon training academy. She has a strong character, is one of the most courageous of the Dragon Riders, and is very competitive. She has a strong bond with her dragon, Stormfly.
- Fishlegs Ingerman (voiced by Christopher Mintz-Plasse) – One of Hiccup's close friends and followers; has a great encyclopedic knowledge of dragons. He is not as courageous as the other Dragon Riders, but is a loyal friend, especially to Hiccup and Astrid. He has formed a very close relationship with his dragon, Meatlug.
- Snotlout Jorgenson (voiced by Zack Pearlman) – One of Hiccup's friends; reckless, quarrelsome, and often seen mocking or annoying the other riders. He has a complicated relationship with his dragon, a Monstrous Nightmare named Hookfang.
- Tuffnut Thorston (voiced by T. J. Miller) and Ruffnut Thorston (voiced by Julie Marcus in Season 1, Andree Vermeulen in Season 2 and 3) – Male and female fraternal twins; followers of Hiccup, who quarrel constantly among themselves, and over commands given to their two-headed dragon Barf and Belch. Unlike the other dragon riders, they do not have such a strong bond with their dragon, but the dragon and the twins usually agree when comes the time of blowing something up. They are often regarded by the rest of the teens as somewhat stupid and crazy.
Notable inhabitants of Berk
- Stoick the Vast (voiced by Nolan North) – The Chief of Berk and father to Hiccup; immensely strong, fearless, fierce, and possessed of shrewd judgement and compassion. His chief interest is the protection either of his son, or of his subjects. As the series progresses, Stoick is often found more in favor of dragons on Berk and does go out of his way to defend and protect them, especially after the initial attack of Alvin the Treacherous and Dagur the Deranged. In Season One he owns a blue Thunderdrum named Thornado, which at the end of the season he sets free so the dragon may take care of three young Thunderdrums. He later trains a Rumblehorn in Season Three that he names Skullcrusher.
- Gobber the Belch (voiced by Chris Edgerly) – The blacksmith of Berk, Stoick's closest friend, and Hiccup's mentor. He is a veterinarian for both the dragons (though primarily as a dentist) and the livestock of Berk, and acts as a voice of reason for Stoick, a voice of experience for Hiccup, and sometimes a mediator between the two. He is something of an engineer. He rides a Hotburple dragon named Grump that was previously owned by Dragon Hunters.
- Spitelout Jorgenson (voiced by David Tennant) – Snotlout's father. Spitelout takes pride in his son's achievements, but seldom forgives his failures. In the 3rd season he is in the A team of berk and has his own Deadly Nadder named King's Tail.
- Gothi (voiced by Angela Bartys)- The village's shaman. As a mute, she communicates by gesturing or drawing lines and hieroglyphic-like pictures, translated by Gobber or Fishlegs. She is a member of the A team and has a Gronckle.
- Mildew (voiced by Stephen Root) – Mildew is a cantankerous, spiteful, aged Berk local who raises cabbages and retains a strong hatred of dragons. Mildew is almost always seen with his pet sheep Fungus. He is widely disliked, but capable of rallying riots against the dragons, should the situation allow it. This is usually foiled by Hiccup. He later ends up helping Alvin the Treacherous tame the dragons in their possession. Mildew is the only Outcast loyal to Alvin after his defeat by Dagur.
- Alvin the Treacherous (voiced by Mark Hamill) – The main antagonist of Season One and an antihero in Season Two. Exiled from Berk for an unspecified treachery (later revealed to be catching innocent bystanders in the crossfire of a dragon attack), he plots to displace Stoick. In the season one finale, he learns how to control dragons with Mildew's help and earns the trust of a 'Whispering Death' dragon named Groundsplitter; and after initially allying with the Berserkers, is betrayed by Dagur and co-operates with Hiccup and Stoick to defeat the Berserkers. Afterwards, Alvin and his followers departed in peace.
- Savage (voiced by Paul Rugg) – Savage is Alvin's right-hand man and later that of Dagur. In Season Three, Savage continues to follow Dagur after they escape captivity.
- Dagur the Deranged (voiced by David Faustino) – A recurring villain throughout; Dagur is the leader of the Berserkers, and becomes obsessed with hunting and catching Toothless. He is later revealed to be long-lost brother of Heather. In season three, he joins with Viggo's Dragon Hunters to exact revenge on Hiccup and Toothless for his numerous defeats. However, later on, he seemingly has a change of heart and starts regretting his actions after seeing Heather in danger and joins the Dragon Riders, later seemingly sacrificing himself to save them and Heather from certain death at the hands of Viggo Grimborn's Dragon Hunters.
- Viggo Grimborn (voiced by Alfred Molina) – The main antagonist for the majority of seasons two and three. Viggo is Ryker's younger brother and the ruthless, cunning leader of the Dragon Hunters. Viggo is extremely intelligent and smarter than his older brother. He is outmatched physically by his older brother, but their bond is such that Ryker would never readily betray him. His plan is to find, sell and slaughter every dragon on earth for profit. He also is the first villain to see Hiccup as a worthy adversary and sees their interactions as being akin to a game of wits.
- Ryker Grimborn (voiced by J.B. Blanc) – One of the main villains of Seasons two and three, he is the second-in-command of the Dragon Hunters and the elder brother of Viggo Grimborn. A professional dragon hunter, he is able to figure out their weaknesses at first observation.
- Trader Johann (voiced by Michael Goldstrom) – Trader Johann is a seafaring merchant who visits Berk on occasion, and trades mostly in curiosities. He is an ally to Hiccup and the others of Berk.
- Heather (voiced by Mae Whitman) – A mysterious teenage girl found by the Viking youths. Although she was at first introduced for actions against Berk, her true motive, to rescue her parents from Alvin the Treacherous, proved her loyalty. She returns in Season Three and bonds with a Razorwhip dragon named Windshear. She is later revealed to be Dagur's long-lost sister and pretends to be in league with him in order to get close to him and the newly unveiled dragon hunters. She leaves to parts unknown after her plot is uncovered by Viggo. She soon returns, showing romantic feelings for Fishlegs and joins the Dragon Riders.
- Defenders of the Wing - A tribe of warriors who worship dragons as holy beings led by Queen Mala, the Defenders of the Wing are at war with Viggo Grimborn and his Dragon Hunters, and are therefore extremely distrusting of outsiders such as Hiccup and the other dragon riders of Berk. They also know nothing of riding or training dragons, as their culture forbids it. They live on an island in the shadow of a volcano that is home to an enormous dragon called an Eruptodon, which they worship and protect at all cost, as it feeds on the lava of the volcano, preventing their village from being destroyed. They first appear in the episode "Defenders of the Wing: Part 1"
- Toothless – An extremely rare male of the Night Fury species, befriended by Hiccup, and the only dragon that cannot fly without his rider, having lost his left tail fin in the first feature film. Has dark black scales, retractable teeth, and shoots blue/purple plasma bolts which can create light or fire. Toothless also has the unique ability to navigate in dark places using animal echolocation.
- Stormfly – A blue, female Deadly Nadder dragon befriended by Astrid. Like Hiccup and Toothless, Astrid and Stormfly display exceptional teamwork. She and Toothless share a friendly rivalry in most of the competitions Hiccup and Astrid devise. In addition to her magnesium-fueled fire bursts, Stormfly can launch spines from her tail.
- Meatlug – A brown, female Gronckle who bonded with Fishlegs. Because of her husky size and short wingspan, she lacks the aerobatic maneuverability and speed of the other dragons. She and Fishlegs have a very close, nurturing relationship. She also can eat a particular combination of iron ore and rocks and regurgitate a highly prized metal known as "gronckle iron".
- Hookfang – A red, male Monstrous Nightmare, ridden by Snotlout. Hookfang has a habit of attacking Snotlout or abandoning him when Snotlout tries to assert dominance, and does not always pay attention to Snotlout. In battle, Hookfang covers his skin with his flammable saliva and sets it on fire, without harming himself; this ability is almost never used when Snotlout is riding him.
- Barf and Belch – A green, male, two-headed Hideous Zippleback jointly ridden by the twins, normally with Ruffnut sitting on the dragon's right head, named Barf (which exhales explosive gas), and Tuffnut sitting on the dragon's left head, named Belch (which can ignite the gas). The heads are usually agreeable, but can have difficulty flying when their riders disagree, and sometimes therefore quarrel.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||Riders of Berk||20||August 7, 2012||March 20, 2013|
|2||Defenders of Berk||20||September 19, 2013||March 5, 2014|
|1||Race to the Edge||13||June 26, 2015|
|2||13||January 8, 2016|
|3||13||June 24, 2016|
On October 12, 2010, it was announced that Cartoon Network had acquired worldwide broadcast rights to a weekly animated series based on the movie. According to Tim Johnson, executive producer for How to Train Your Dragon, the series was planned to be much darker and deeper than DreamWorks Animation's previous television series spin-offs, with a similar tone to the movie, and would follow after the events of the first movie. This is the first DreamWorks Animation series to air on Cartoon Network; DreamWorks Animation's previous television series, including The Penguins of Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, and Monsters vs. Aliens, had aired on Nickelodeon.
Although it was initially announced that the series would be called Dragons: The Series, the Comic Con schedule announced in June 2012 revealed the new title to be Dragons: Riders of Berk. The second season of the show was titled Dragons: Defenders of Berk. At the end of May 2014, DreamWorks Animation announced that in spring 2015 the series would move to Netflix instead of premiering on Cartoon Network.
Dragons: Riders of Berk has received positive reviews. Brian Lowry of Variety reviewed the series: "The program is dazzling visually, and pretty effortlessly picks up where the narrative left off," although he noted the initial episodes' "lack of actual villains" and "not-particularly-stirring array of characters". Mary McNamara of Los Angeles Times said that it "retains both the personality and production value of its progenitor. Dragons promise to be lively and entertaining, with great visuals of dragons swooping and soaring." She praised its look: "It looks pretty dang spectacular even by today's standards. It's so crisply drawn and fluid that a person of a certain age would be forgiven for wondering how on earth we survived with things like Scooby-Doo and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop." According to Nielsen Media Research, episodes of the first season ranked on average #1 in their timeslot among boys 2-14.
|2012||Annie Awards||Best Animated Television Production For Children||Episode: "How to Pick Your Dragon"||Won|
|Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Shi Zimu||Nominated|
|Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Andy Bialk (for "Alvin and the Outcasts")|
|Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||John Eng (for "Animal House")||Won|
|Music in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||John Paesano (for "How to Pick Your Dragon")|
|Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Doug Lovelace (for "Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Man")|
|Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Mike Teverbaugh, Linda Teverbaugh (for "Animal House")||Nominated|
|Editorial in an Animated Television Production||Lynn Hobson (for "Animal House")|
|2013||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Individual Achievement In Animation – Character Design||Andy Bialk||Won|
|Annie Awards||Animated Effects in an Animated Production||David Jones||Nominated|
|Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Elaine Bogan|
|Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Douglas Lovelace|
|Editorial in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production||Lynn Hobson|
|2015||Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement, Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Ernesto Matamoros||Nominated|
|2016||Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Television/Broadcast Production||Chi-Ho Chan||Won|
|Daytime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Children’s Animated Program||Art Brown, Douglas Sloan, Chad Hammes and Lawrence Jonas||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program||Art Brown, Douglas Sloan|
|Outstanding Sound Editing - Animation||Otis Van Osten, Joshua Aaron Johnson, Roger Pallan and Jason Oliver||Won|
|Saturn Awards||Best New Media Television Series||Dreamworks Dragons||Nominated|
A 3D Unity-based in-browser game, titled Dragons: Wild Skies, was launched on August 27, 2012, on CartoonNetwork.com. Players will go through a tutorial with Hiccup, and train a Deadly Nadder, before being able to free roam around the several islands in the Barbaric Archipelago, with dragons scattered around them. The player can choose to be a blonde/brunette male or female Viking, before setting off to explore the islands. To train a dragon, players must feed the dragons correct food before doing correct gestures to gain the dragon's trust. In the game, players do not die or otherwise fail. Players complete challenges to earn gold for buying tools to obtain food for training dragons. The overworld consists of six islands, each with a unique dragon to tame. The number of dragons and worlds to explore is set to expand over time, as the series introduces more and more places and dragons...
A DVD collection of the first four episodes, titled Dragons: Riders of Berk, was released on November 20, 2012. The first season of the series was released on DVD in two parts on July 23, 2013. Dragons: Riders of Berk: Part 1 contained episodes from 1 to 11, and Dragons: Riders of Berk: Part 2, episodes from 12 to 20. In December 2013, Walmart released an exclusive pack containing the Complete 1st Season in a special edition "Toothless" plastic package. A DVD collection of the first 10 episodes of the second season, titled Dragons: Defenders of Berk: Part 1, was released on March 25, 2014. The second part, titled Dragons: Defenders of Berk: Part 2, was later released on May 27, 2014.
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