Comic-Con 2012: DreamWorks' Dragons: Riders of Berk Panel

A new Cartoon Network show based on How to Train Your Dragon.

by | July 13, 2012 | Comments



Comic-Con International attendees crowded into a 750-seat ballroom Thursday to learn more about Dragons: Riders of Berk, the highly anticipated Cartoon Network series based on DreamWorks Animation’s hit 2010 film How to Train Your Dragon.

However, before Gregg Goldin, Cartoon Network’s director of development, could get the presentation under way, convention staff first had to wrangle a few dragons of their own: fans who had camped in the room awaiting later panels for MTV’s Teen Wolf and Image Comics’ The Walking Dead.

With the newcomers settled in the middle of the room, Goldin introduced Dragons showrunners Art Brown and Doug Sloan and DreamWorks Animation Creative Executive Peter Gal, and gave a shoutout to several DreamWorks staff members sitting in the audience. He then brought the audience up to speed on How to Train Your Dragon film, and what Hiccup and Toothless have been up to.

Set in a mythical Viking world, the film follows a teenaged named Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) who aspires to follow his village’s tradition of slaying dragons. But after finally capturing his first dragon, Hiccup discovers he no longer has the desire to kill the creature and instead befriends it.

To loud applause, Goldin announced that Baruchel will reprise his role in Dragons: Riders of Berk, which begins its two-season run on Cartoon Network in September, leading into the 2014 theatrical release of How to Train Your Dragon 2.

“What was really cool is that we had to have Jay, but Jay didn’t want anyone else to voice this character,” Gall said.

While the original film was about uniting the Vikings of Berk and the dragons, Dragons: Riders of Berk will develop that relationship, leading to the establishment of a dragon-training academy led by Hiccup. Over the two seasons, the series will introduce new dragons, new villains and expand the world and powers of the dragons. However, the main focus will be the bonds between the original characters and their dragons.

Sloan, Gal and Brown all chimed in to establish that each episode could stand alone, and that the series will add depth to the sequel but not be required viewing. Goldin said that hardcore fans will be rewarded for watching the show when the sequel arrives.

In addition to Baruchel, movie voice actors America Ferrera, T.J. Miller and Christopher Mintz-Passe will return for the television series. The audience response was deafening when Mark Hamill was announced as the voice of new villain Alvin, the leader of an outcast tribe of Vikings, and will be the focus of the Season 1 finale. Tim Conway also will add his comedic talents.

DreamWorks then premiered a 15-minute preview of Dragons: Riders of Berk, featuring footage from five episodes. It consisted mainly of a dragon stunt competition between the children. Flishlegs, Mintz-Plasse’s character, received the biggest applause for his small mid-air loop after other dragons exploded with action before him.

During the Q&A segment, panel members revealed several new dragons, including Torch, a baby dragon discovered in the fourth episode. Others include Typhoonerang, Torch’s gigantic mother in search of her baby, Thornado, who establishes that the creatures can have different powers, and Thunderdrum, who has a large mouth with a sonic blast that could destroy boats and mountain-sides.

This led into the revelation that Toothless will get a new power toward the end of the first season. It was also established that Toothless is the only Night Fury dragon, which will be addressed in the first season as well. Other dragons mentioned were a sea dragon and a land dragon that could tunnel through the earth. Goldin mentioned that DreamWorks has a giant book of dragons that producers can pull characters from.

Goldin closed the by panel hinting that more information about a sneak preview of the first episode will be available soon.

[rtimage]siteImageId=10244861[/rtimage]

Written by Matthew Sardo of Comic Book Resources.

Tag Cloud

animated San Diego Comic-Con Reality Sci-Fi DC streaming service Marathons President Amazon Prime Video ghosts mutant APB discovery Comedy cinemax blaxploitation vampires Star Trek video sitcom SDCC police drama Arrowverse adaptation halloween Summer Martial Arts psychological thriller MTV anime facebook Stephen King dragons Cosplay Fox News E3 cops Winter TV Freeform Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Teen Walt Disney Pictures witnail breaking bad mockumentary crime thriller dramedy Podcast werewolf medical drama A24 sequel miniseries Film Festival unscripted Country Pet Sematary Nickelodeon Dark Horse Comics spider-man Rock Schedule Sneak Peek Christmas based on movie E! nature Super Bowl Polls and Games renewed TV shows MSNBC crossover binge GoT ratings Paramount Network YA Apple Spring TV ABC Mindy Kaling Mary Poppins Returns hispanic Set visit Mudbound Quiz Rocketman YouTube Premium strong female leads Nat Geo Writers Guild of America Turner X-Men NYCC VH1 political drama Emmys 20th Century Fox Musicals The Walking Dead comic television OWN Brie Larson Pixar foreign Masterpiece Fall TV zombie spanish language teaser Red Carpet Western Interview 71st Emmy Awards supernatural Mary Tyler Moore technology Sundance Now Best and Worst Fantasy TNT Tomatazos war Chernobyl ABC Family Holidays Amazon Prime festivals dc Sundance Ellie Kemper finale Columbia Pictures Thanksgiving Apple TV+ SXSW jamie lee curtis Disney streaming service Box Office YouTube Warner Bros. theme song period drama New York Comic Con LGBT cats free movies PaleyFest Toys CBS award winner Countdown Disney Plus adventure Esquire Trophy Talk robots Shondaland south america YouTube Red psycho cults DC Comics doctor who singing competition Photos Black Mirror Election Mary poppins The Arrangement Awards Tour spy thriller Tumblr Grammys docudrama Women's History Month Musical Song of Ice and Fire 21st Century Fox zero dark thirty Cartoon Network The CW spain 2016 Year in Review Action BBC America TCA 2017 cancelled television TV Universal latino Animation FOX Comedy Central justice league Certified Fresh toy story Emmy Nominations HBO indie biography Watching Series GLAAD zombies El Rey Crunchyroll WGN BBC cancelled TV shows Classic Film Britbox Rocky blockbuster Horror Extras CNN Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Calendar Netflix boxoffice Premiere Dates TruTV DirecTV Comic Book historical drama cancelled Marvel ITV Nominations harry potter composers cooking social media Creative Arts Emmys NBC quibi politics game show Mystery anthology VICE Trailer Logo Showtime travel batman independent FXX American Society of Cinematographers Oscars IFC Ovation TV renewals romance Drama revenge true crime TCA golden globes Turner Classic Movies DGA Comics on TV Hulu Disney cancelled TV series Peacock Superheroe Anna Paquin TCM Tarantino spinoff Opinion Lifetime Character Guide CBS All Access Apple TV Plus romantic comedy Sony Pictures CW Seed Family space National Geographic what to watch 2017 IFC Films CMT Biopics GIFs Reality Competition Music ESPN WarnerMedia TBS First Look canceled TV shows MCU series HBO Max sports 24 frames stand-up comedy book 2015 transformers Captain marvel Pop game of thrones The Purge Superheroes TIFF comiccon BET crime talk show Shudder Star Wars elevated horror green book cartoon Kids & Family AMC Heroines joker richard e. Grant kids See It Skip It RT21 Elton John DC Universe diversity Infographic Spike Food Network 007 Pride Month natural history Valentine's Day USA Network serial killer dceu Ghostbusters Acorn TV streaming Marvel Television Video Games Crackle science fiction children's TV thriller aliens versus Paramount Cannes Amazon cars movies TV Land Starz canceled Pirates Awards Lucasfilm slashers Lionsgate 45 Trivia 2019 Binge Guide RT History FX casting The Witch tv talk disaster Bravo Film TLC Disney Channel USA Rom-Com crime drama hist Television Academy LGBTQ First Reviews A&E Adult Swim Syfy Winners Epix Vudu SundanceTV Marvel Studios History 2018 Spectrum Originals PBS