DreamWorks Dragons is an American computer-animated television series based on the 2010 film How To Train Your Dragon produced by DreamWork Animation Studios.
The series takes place between the events of How To Train Your Dragon and How To Train Your Dragon 2, and follows Hiccup as he tries to keep the balance within the new cohabitation between Vikings and Dragons. Alongside keeping up with Berk's newest installment-A Dragon Training Academy-Hiccup, Toothless, and the rest of the Teenage Vikings are put to the test when they are faced with new worlds harsher than Berk, new dragons that can't be trained, and new foes that are looking for every reason to disrupt the peace between Vikings and Dragons.
Why It Rocks
- It is very faithful to the How To Train Your Dragon films it was based off, taking place in between the events of the first and second films.
- Breathtaking CGI animation, which improves as the series goes on.
- Many of the dragons that appeared in the dragon manual from the first film, like the Fireworms, the Thunderdrums, the Whispering Deaths, the Scauldrons, the Changewings, and many other, make an appearance in the show.
- The series also introduces new species of dragons, like Typhoomerangs, Death Songs, Razorwhips, Night Terrors, Triple Strykes, Armorwing, Buffalord, Catastrophic Quaken, Cavern Crasher and among many others.
- It also shows how Stoick and Gobber met Skullcrusher and Grump.
- Hiccup and Astrid's human friends, Fishlegs, Snotlout, Ruffnut and Tuffnut became much more likable, interesting and funnier characters than in the movies. Not that they were bad characters as they were funny from time to time, but they were kinda annoying and one-note with clichés such as Snotlout being the jock, Ruffnutt and Tuffnutt being the always arguing twins and Fishlegs being the nerd, while in the series, they are all given much more character development.
- The new characters like Heather, Dagur the Deranged and Alvin the Treacherous are well-written and likeable, and get more fleshed out as the series progresses.
- Viggo Grimborn, Krogan, Ryker Grimborn, Savage and The Screaming Death are intimidating and awesome villains.
- Fantastic and epic action sequences, just like the films.
- Nice soundtrack by John Powell and John Paesano.
- Some of the actors from the films reprise their respective roles, which is refreshing since most of the time, the actors get replaced..
- The show excels at world building, such as exploring uncharted islands, caves and discovering new species of dragons.
- It has well executed humor and timing.
- The series finale was a perfect way to end the series.
- The first season, while not terrible, isn't as strong as the later seasons. The animation itself proves it.
- While the series finale was a great setup to the events leading to How To Train Your Dragon 2, it kind of feels forced and rushed.
- Mildew is just not a good character at all.
- There were some scenes of unnecessary gross-out humor, such as Meatlug farting on Fishleg's face, Gobber using his earwax as saddle polish and the dragons defecating on Berk.