The Dragon Prince

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The Dragon Prince
Genre
Created by
Written by
Directed by
Voices of
Composer(s) Frederik Wiedmann
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time 24–27 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Original release September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14) – present (present)
External links
Official website

The Dragon Prince is an American epic fantasy adventure comedy computer-animated television series created for Netflix by Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond[1] and produced by Wonderstorm. It premiered on September 14, 2018.

In October 2018, Netflix renewed The Dragon Prince for a second season.[2]

Setting and synopsis[edit]

The series is set in a fantasy world where humans and elves are in conflict. Long ago, the humans used dark magic, and were driven off by the dragons and elves to one end of the continent. Now, after humans killed the dragon king and his egg, war is imminent. As forces gather, the elves attempt to assassinate the human king Harrow and his heir, the young prince Ezran. One among the elves, the young Rayla, along with Ezran and his brother Callum, discover that the dragon king's egg wasn't in fact destroyed, but stolen. Together they undertake to return the egg to the dragons to prevent war. But the mage Viren, King Harrow's advisor, is intent on war. He seizes power after the king dies in the assassination attempt, and sends his children Claudia and Soren after the fugitives.

Voice cast and characters[edit]

  • Jack De Sena as Callum, the artistic older half-brother[3] of Ezran and the king's stepson.
  • Paula Burrows as Rayla, a young moonshadow elf assassin who hesitates during her first mission.
  • Sasha Rojen as Ezran, crown prince of Katolis, the cheerful younger half-brother of Callum.
    • Bait, Ezran's pet glow toad.
  • Racquel Belmonte as Claudia, Viren's daughter, a friendly and bookish dark mage.
  • Jesse Inocalla as Soren, Viren's son, a dim but talented Crownsguard.
  • Jason Simpson as Viren, King Harrow's advisor, a pragmatic dark mage.
  • Jonathan Holmes as Runaan, the zealous leader of the moonshadow elf assassins.
  • Luc Roderique as King Harrow of Katolis, Ezran's father and Callum's stepfather.
    • Pip, Harrow's pet bird.
  • Erik Todd Dellums as Aaravos, the prologue's narrator
  • General Amaya, the deaf[4] aunt of Callum and Ezran, a skilled warrior and commander who guards the breach between the human and elf nations whilst grieving her fallen sister.
  • Adrian Petriw as Gren, Amaya's deputy and interpreter who remains upbeat and focused even under the harshest conditions.
  • Omari Newton as Corvus, Amaya's tracker who is the lone member of her squad sent to hunt down the fugitives.
  • Nahanni Mitchell as Ellis, a young girl with a fierce bond to her animal.
    • Ava, Ellis' wolf companion.
  • Ellie King as Lujanne, an elven illusionist
  • Azymondias ("Zym"), an infant dragon, the Dragon Prince

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

Season 1 ("Book 1: Moon")
No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Echoes of Thunder"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz
Justin Richmond
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
A prologue explains the setting: Long ago, humans used dark magic and were driven off by dragons and elves. Now, after humans killed the dragon king and his egg, war is imminent. Elven assassins assemble to kill the human king Harrow and his heir Ezran. The youngest among them, Rayla, is disavowed after she shows mercy to a guard.
2"What Is Done"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz
Justin Richmond
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Harrow rejects his advisor Viren's plan to foil the assassins by swapping the king's soul into another body. Rayla infiltrates the castle on her own, intent on killing Harrow and Ezran, but relents after Ezran shows her the dragon king's egg that was believed destroyed.
3"Moonrise"Villads SpangsbergDevon Giehl
Iain Hendry
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Rayla, Ezran and Callum decide to return the egg to the dragons to prevent war, but they can convince neither Viren's daughter, the mage Claudia, nor the leader of the assassins, Runaan, of their plan. They are forced to flee with the egg as the other assassins begin their assault. They are defeated and Runaan is captured.
4"Bloodthirsty"Villads SpangsbergDevon Giehl
Iain Hendry
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
King Harrow is buried and Viren, appointing himself Lord Protector, declares war on the Elves. Callum discovers his magic talents, and that he carries a rare primal stone of sky magic. The three fugitives arrive at the royal winter lodge, where General Amaya, their aunt, catches up with them. Rayla's presence incites conflict, and the three flee again.
5"An Empty Throne"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz
Justin Richmond
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
The fugitives continue their journey to the elven lands. Beset by a river monster, Callum electrocutes it with magic. Rayla admits she's trying to redeem her parents, who fled instead of protecting the dragon king. Amaya visits the grave of her sister, the queen. After she leaves for the border garrison, Viren imprisons her deputy Gren.
6"Through the Ice"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz
Justin Richmond
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Rayla fights off a human searching for the boys. As the fugitives cross the mountains, she reveals that her ritual armband will eventually cut off her hand if Ezran doesn't die. The egg falls into icy water and loses its luster. Viren orders his son Soren to find and kill the princes, so that Viren can seize the throne.
7"The Dagger and the Wolf"Villads SpangsbergDevon Giehl
Iain Hendry
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Disguised as a human, Rayla tries to cut off her armband with a human's magic blade, but fails. The boys seek help for the egg, and the young girl Ellis tells them of a healer who saved Ellis's wolf companion Ava. Soren and Claudia set out to find the princes.
8"Cursed Caldera"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz
Justin Richmond
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
Chased out of town, the fugitives and Ellis seek out the healer atop the Cursed Caldera. A monster leech chases them up a rock, but working together, they manage to defeat it. Viren fails to extract information about his magic mirror from the captive Runaan, and traps him in a coin with dark magic.
9"Wonderstorm"Villads SpangsbergAaron Ehasz
Justin Richmond
September 14, 2018 (2018-09-14)
The fugitives are set upon by a giant spider, but Ezran recognizes it as an illusion. The "healer" is revealed as Lujanne, an elven illusionist. Callum sacrifices his primal stone to save the egg by hatching it. The baby dragon Azymondias emerges, chewing off Rayla's constricting armband. Using magic, Claudia and Soren locate the fugitives' position.

Production[edit]

Aaron Ehasz was the head writer and co-executive producer of the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, and a longtime writer and story editor for Futurama. Richmond co-directed the video game Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.[5] The two co-founded the multimedia production studio Wonderstorm in 2017, along with Justin Santistevan, to work both on The Dragon Prince and a related video game. Ehasz and Richmond are co-creators and writers on the series, while Giancarlo Volpe, a former director for Avatar, is an executive producer.[5]

The Dragon Prince is created using three-dimensional computer animation. A reduced frame rate is applied to offset "floatiness".[6]

Release[edit]

The series was announced on July 10, 2018.[5] A trailer was released in July 2018 at the San Diego Comic-Con.[1] The first season of The Dragon Prince was released on Netflix on September 14, 2018.[1] In October 2018, a second season was confirmed for a 2019 release.[7]

Reception[edit]

An advance review of the first episode by IGN concluded that the series "surprises by comfortably exploring dark story elements while giving audiences an assortment of lovable characters to engage with. In short, it's a worthwhile animated series for audiences of all ages."[8] On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a score of 100% based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Patches, Matt; Haasch, Palmer (July 21, 2018). "Avatar: The Last Airbender team's new Netflix show The Dragon Prince drops first trailer". Polygon. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  2. ^ http://kidscreen.com/2018/10/09/netflix-roars-for-more-dragon-prince
  3. ^ Aaron Ehasz [@aaronehasz] (16 Sep 2018). "They are half brothers. Callum is Harrow's step son. Sounds like the descriptive audio got it wrong? There is more story to tell about their mom, Queen Sarai, for sure... and if we are lucky to keep this going for a while I am sure we will learn about Callum's birth dad too" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ https://www.reddit.com/r/TheLastAirbender/comments/9gm7kz/were_the_creators_and_showrunners_of_the_newly/e65ab21/
  5. ^ a b c Robinson, Tasha (July 10, 2018). "Avatar: The Last Airbender's head writer has a new Netflix series". The Verge. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.reddit.com/r/TheLastAirbender/comments/9gm7kz/were_the_creators_and_showrunners_of_the_newly/e65a9q6/
  7. ^ @NXOnNetflix (5 Oct 2018). "Return to a world of magic, friendship, and dragons in 2019. Are you ready for Dragon Prince Season 2?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Pruner, Aaron (July 21, 2018). "Netflix's The Dragon Prince: Review - Comic Con 2018". IGN. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Dragon Prince: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 7 October 2018.

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