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JD September 5 2012 01:10 AM

Dragons: Riders of Berk discussion thread
 
Cartoon Networks' Dragons: Riders of Berk premiers tonight. The series is a continuation of How To Train Your Dragon, and follows Hiccup, Toothless, and their friends and fellow Dragons' adventures after the end of the movie.
I really enjoyed the movie, so I'm looking forward to this. Most of the previews and stuff I've seen for it look pretty good.
EDIT: Turns out they showed the first couple episodes early last month, but I missed it. Tonight's episode is the third.

Tom Hendricks September 5 2012 02:37 AM

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My son is the hugest How To Train Your Dragon fan, has all the dolls and bed sheets and posters. We watched the first two episodes when they premiered back a few weeks ago, still on the DVR. He wont get to see tonights episode until next week, were going away on vacation and he was in bed before it was shown. So he is eagerly waiting to see it and be honest, so am I.

Mr Light September 5 2012 02:57 AM

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I missed it, and I didn't know the show had already started! I'll definitely try it out, but the Kung Fu Panda and Penguin shows never really caught my interest in spite of really liking the movies.

Christopher September 5 2012 03:37 AM

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I haven't seen the movie, but I caught the preview episodes. I'm lukewarm toward it. The lead character has a very annoying voice. At first I thought it was an impersonator doing a forced, awkward job trying to imitate the original actor from the movie, but then I found out it was the original actor, Jay Baruchel -- whom I've vaguely heard of, but haven't seen in anything else as far as I know. I dunno, his voice has kind of a Wallace Shawn quality, but I like Wallace Shawn's voice. Somehow Shawn manages to wield his annoying voice in a way that makes it fun and entertaining to listen to, but Baruchel (at least playing this character) is just rather grating.

From what I remember of the episodes I saw, they were reasonably okay, but the world and the characters don't really grab me. It's no Kung Fu Panda. I'm not sure how motivated I'll be to watch this.

And why did they choose that title for the show? Why not just keep the How to Train Your Dragon title? As it is, it sounds uncomfortably, almost-infringingly close to Dragonriders of Pern.

JD September 7 2012 02:53 AM

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Yeah, I don't know why they didn't just call it How to Train Your Dragon: The Series. That just seems like a much simpler link to the series for those who aren't 100% familiar with the story.
As for episode itself, I enjoyed it.

Avalon September 7 2012 03:13 AM

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What? I had no idea they were doing a tv series!

RJDiogenes September 8 2012 09:29 AM

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I only knew about it because I noticed a commercial while watching Scooby Doo (I usually fast forward through them). I didn't realize that two episodes had aired last month, although I realized a couple of days ago that I missed this last Tuesday's episode. I must remember to check On Demand....

Mr Light September 8 2012 05:41 PM

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I saw the episode, it was decent. Surprised how much of the movie cast is in it! I'll try another one.

Brikar99 September 9 2012 02:49 AM

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The movie was great. I thought they were working on a sequel, though? Where did this TV show come from?

Tom Hendricks September 9 2012 03:08 AM

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There is a sequel coming but not until 2014, I believe they are producing this show to keep the series relivent until the next movie comes out. As an aside, if you haven't seen the short "Gift of the Night Fury" you should give it a watch. It is surprisingly good, better then some full length movies.

Christopher September 9 2012 03:59 AM

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Brikar99 wrote: (Post 6932140)
The movie was great. I thought they were working on a sequel, though? Where did this TV show come from?

They're not mutually exclusive. Dreamworks has several franchises with both film and TV incarnations running side by side, including Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda as well as this (although the KFP series, Legends of Awesomeness, didn't come out until after the second movie, even though it's set soon after the first). And there are plenty of older examples of animated series running alongside live-action film series, like Ghostbusters and Men in Black (although the sequel films usually ignore the TV continuities). And generally the TV shows are produced by different teams than the movies, so they can be made side-by-side. This one is no exception.

Brikar99 September 9 2012 04:18 AM

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Christopher wrote: (Post 6932416)
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Brikar99 wrote: (Post 6932140)
The movie was great. I thought they were working on a sequel, though? Where did this TV show come from?

They're not mutually exclusive. Dreamworks has several franchises with both film and TV incarnations running side by side, including Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda as well as this (although the KFP series, Legends of Awesomeness, didn't come out until after the second movie, even though it's set soon after the first). And there are plenty of older examples of animated series running alongside live-action film series, like Ghostbusters and Men in Black (although the sequel films usually ignore the TV continuities). And generally the TV shows are produced by different teams than the movies, so they can be made side-by-side. This one is no exception.

True enough. It's just that, I'd heard there was work on a sequel, whereas the TV show is a surprise to me. Perhaps I should have phrased it differently.

Destructor May 16 2013 06:29 AM

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I'm six episodes in and am very impressed. It really has all the wit, charm, warmth, intelligence and heart of the movie (which, if you haven't seen, you should not watch this show until you have- it's a great movie and they tie perfectly together) and is almost as visually excellent. I'm amazed at what a great job they've done. It's such a great world they've created, and such a great metaphor for a world that is in the grip of momentous change that they are doing a great job of exploring. I'm really enjoying it.

Christopher May 16 2013 01:56 PM

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Yeah, I've become considerably more fond of the show than I was when I made my initial post. I've seen the movie since then, which helped get me invested in the world. But some of the episodes have been really well-written and really well-animated. I'm hoping that in this case, unlike the usual pattern, the sequel movie will be consistent with the TV continuity, alluding to some of its characters and elements or at least not contradicting them.

Tom Hendricks May 17 2013 04:43 AM

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They are already working on the second season, in fact already completed two episodes. The second season will be called, Dragons: Defenders of Berk. Hiccup and the gang will be a little bit older, as they will be much older in the second film.


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