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DreamWorks Dragons: The Series (Rated TV-PG for moderate violence) is a television series that aired on Cartoon Network, and covered the first year after the events of the first film, and setting up the story for its sequel. Season 1 of the series is subtitled Riders of Berk, and Season 2 is subtitled Defenders of Berk.

It began airing on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, releasing a new episode every Wednesday.[1] Producer Tim Johnson declared that the series would be "dark" and "deep".[2] The show reveals new dragon species, including the dragons from the Book of Dragons special. The series' musical score is written by John Paesano. The series finale aired on March 5, 2014, with the episode "Cast Out, Part 2".

On August 7, 2012, an hour-long sneak peek was premiered containing 2 episodes ("How to Start a Dragon Academy" and "Viking for Hire") that was never aired in the actual series. These episodes were indeed extras and did however contain information on how the Berk Dragon Training Academy was started. The original air date for the series started with the episode "Animal House" followed by "The Terrible Twos" the next week.

Plot

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Main article: Dragons: Riders of Berk
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Main article: Dragons: Defenders of Berk

After Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III discovered dragons could be trained, the Isle of Berk appeared to be safe, until its residents realized how many dragons there actually are! Now they battle against enemies as they explore worlds they never dreamed existed.[3]Also, the relationships between Hiccup and Astrid, and Toothless, and Stoick will be further expanded upon.

Dragons: Riders of Berk

Hiccup, Toothless, Astrid and all your favorite characters are back in all new adventures! The Vikings of Berk have learned to train dragons, and now they must learn to live with them.

Dragons: Defenders of Berk

Hiccup and his fellow dragon riders must put up their dragon training skills to the test as they unite against old foes and new enemies, including a fearsome new dragon that could threaten Berk's very existence.

Cast

♣ designates a character that appears but does not speak

Dragon Characters

Dragon Species

Locations

Objects

Events

Animals

Trivia

  • Anna Maria Perez de Taglé said she was working on a character early in Riders of Berk.[4] However, she never appeared.
  • In the movie and the shorts, Hiccup wears a rider's harness when he's flying on Toothless but he has not worn it once in the series. This is likely to avoid having to make a separate model of him wearing it and hooking his safety lines to Toothless' saddle every time he flies, and to simplify the storylines of the series (such as the many times he mounts and dismounts Toothless). In the second movie, it shows him unhooking his lines.
  • In Book of Dragons, the dragon riders seem to be very knowledgeable of all dragons, but at the start of the series, they seem to have no clue on new dragons, implying the events of the short take place sometime during or after the events of the series. Example: they seem to know all the facts on the Whispering Death and know how to train it by brushing its teeth, but in Riders of Berk, when Toothless' rival appears, they have no clue how to train it. And when they see the Changewings, they have to look at the Book of Dragons to identify it and learn about it, even though in the animated short they knew exactly what it does.
  • From the end of the film and in the shorts, it is noticeable that most of the people on Berk have a dragon of their own. In the series however, it is frequently mentioned or showed that the only people on Berk who have and ride dragons are the Riders and Stoick. This is probably due to the budget constraint of the show.
  • The poster of DreamWorks Dragons series shows the Timberjack and Snaptrapper, but they never made an appearance in the series.

References

  1. AllNewsWire
  2. CBR (Adam Rosenberg, 2012)
  3. Reuters (2012)
  4. [1]

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