Based on the runaway movie blockbuster, DreamWorks Dragons is an animated T.V. series aired by Cartoon Network. The T.V. series acts as a link between How to Train your Dragon (2010), and its upcoming 2014 sequel. The first season titled “DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk,” premiered in September 2012 and was a resounding success. And now it’s back as “DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk,” for another epic season of airborne adventures and fiery battles, starting September 2013.
This time around viewers find themselves riveted by the exploits of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, his pet dragon Toothless, and the entire gang of Vikings and Dragons as they gain the skills and confidence needed to confront their enemies and have loads of thrilling adventures in the bargain. Most were pleasantly surprised to find that DreamWorks Dragons isn’t a watered down version of the movie and even features the original voice cast of How to Train your Dragon. Most of the original leads have been signed up for the T.V. version but some members of the original voice cast have been replaced.
DreamWorks Dragons – Two Important Characters
- 1. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (Jay Baruchel)
This teenager isn’t your run-of-the-mill Viking content to hunt for food and fight against dragons. The Head Dragon Trainer of the Berk Dragon Academy is a youngster blessed with plenty of intelligence and sophistication; a born leader who inspires the Vikings in warfare who also happens to be one of the best dragon riders in the Isle of Berk. The fight with Red Death may have cost him a leg but he is as undaunted as ever. In DreamWorks Dragons, he has even developed a unique weapon made of Gronckle Iron, designed to be used in the absence of Toothless. Hiccup’s status among the Vikings has improved dramatically since the Vikings befriended the dragons instead of fighting them.
- 2. Astrid Hofferson (America Ferrera)
Beautiful, tough and resourceful, Astrid is the indispensable alter ego of the valiant Hiccup. She also happens to be his best friend and chief lieutenant at the Dragon Academy. Like Hiccup, she is an exceptionally skilled warrior and talented dragon trainer, though with a sharp temper that surfaces occasionally. In DreamWorks Dragons, we see that her tough personality hides a soft caring and Astrid is the kind of person who would do anything to protect her loved ones, especially Hiccup and their dragons. In How to Train your Dragon, Astrid is one of the most promising teenage warriors in the Isle of Berk and she is the one who discovers the real nature of the relationship between Toothless and Hiccup.
Cartoon Network airs a new episode of DreamWorks Dragons every week and this has to be one of the most anticipated shows on the popular kids’ channel.