DreamWorks Dragons: The Series (Rated TV-PG for moderate violence) is a television series based on the film and also it's sequel. It began airing on Cartoon Network on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, having to release a new episode every Wednesday. Producer Tim Johnson has declared that the series will be "dark" and "deep".The show reveals more new species of dragons including the dragons from the Book of Dragons special. The series' musical score is written by John Paesano. Season 1 of the series is called Dragons: Riders of Berk, and Season 2 is called Dragons: Defenders of Berk. Season 3 with the name Dragon Masters, has been confirmed to be available on Netflix in the Spring of 2015.
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 Dragon Academy was started. The original air date for the series started with the episode Animal House followed by The Terrible Twos the next week. See this article for an episode guide.
Main Article: List of DreamWorks Dragons episodes
After Hiccup Horrorendous 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 the battle against enemies as they explore worlds they never dreamed existed.Also, the relationships between Hiccup and Astrid, and Toothless, and Stoick will be further expanded upon.
New Characters and Dragons Introduced in Seasons 1 & 2
- Mildew (and Fungus)
- Mr. and Mrs. Larson
- Alvin the Treacherous
- Silent Sven
- Trader Johann
- Heather's parents
- Dagur the Deranged
- Gustav Larson
- Whispering Death
- Smothering Smokebreath
- Screaming Death
- Fireworm Queen
- Speed Stinger
- Jay Baruchel as Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III
- America Ferrera as Astrid Hofferson
- Nolan North as Stoick the Vast
- Chris Edgerly as Gobber the Belch
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs Ingerman
- Julie Marcus and T.J. Miller as Ruffnut and Tuffnut Thorston
- Zack Pearlman as Snotlout Jorgenson
- Thomas F. Wilson as Bucket
- Tim Conway as Mulch
- Brook Chalmers as Sven
- Mark Hamill as Alvin the Treacherous, leader of the Outcasts
- Paul Rugg as Savage, Alvin's second-in-command
- Stephen Root as Mildew
- David Faustino as Dagur the Deranged, leader of the Berserkers
- Michael Goldstorm as Trader Johann
- Mae Whitman as Heather
- Anna Maria Perez de Taglé, as yet unaired 
- In one episode named How to Pick Your Dragon (episode 7) , Stoick receives his own dragon: a Thunderdrum named Thornado.
- Alvin the Treacherous from the books makes his appearances.
- Hiccup's name is actually a nickname given to "runts of the litter."
- A new dragon named Torch, a baby Typhoomerang, is introduced in Episode 4-"The Terrible Twos" whose name is a cross between typhoon and boomerang.
- Ruffnut and Tuffnut's dragon is confirmed with the name Barf and Belch.
- An exclusive one hour sneak peek was aired on August 7th, 2012.
- Alvin the Treacherous is introduced with a 2 part episode. These are episodes 5 & 6.
- Hiccup and Snotlout are the only known Viking teens on Berk that don't have blonde hair.
- The bonds between the Vikings and their dragons seem stronger in the TV show than in the books.
- Much like Hiccup does not wear his helmet when flying after Toothless managed to retrieve it in Gift of the Night Fury, he hasn't yet worn it in the show. Other then not wanting to accidently risk losing it again, another reason could be that since it was made from the remaining half of his late mother's breastplate, it is an important memento that can not be replaced.
- In the movie and the shorts, Hiccup wears a rider's vest when he's flying on Toothless but he so far has not worn it once in the series. This is likely to avoid having to make a separate graphic of him wearing it and hooking his safety lines to Toothles' saddle everytime he flies, and to simplify the storylines of the series (such as the many times he mounts and dismounts Toothless). In the teaser for the second movie, it shows him unhooking his lines.
- In Book of Dragons, they seem to be very knowledgeable of all dragons, but in the series, they seem to have no clue on new dragons. 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's rival apears, 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. This is probably because the series takes place before Book of Dragons.
- Although some of the clothing the characters wore like Hiccup's vest and Fishlegs' tunic were made from fur in the movie, they take on a more leathery look in the show due to budget constraints.
- From the end of the Movie and in the Shorts, we see that most of the people on Berk has a dragon. In the series however, it is frequently mentioned or showed that the only people on Berk who has and rides dragons are the teens. This is probably due to the budget of the show.
- It appears that the further the series went, the better the animation got. An example would be with the early episodes. It appears as if emotions are shown through the eyebrows, but the eyes seem dull. By the second season, the faces of characters appear to conform more to the movie than before and eyes can show emotion without the help of eyebrows.
- In the films, there are many dragons flying around Berk, but in the series only the teens' dragons are shown. This is especially clear in episode five of 'Riders of Berk', where only those five dragons seem to be exiled. This is possibly due to budget and time not allowing them to add the other dragons.
- ↑ http://www.allnewswire.com/how-to-train-your-dragon-coming-to-cartoon-network/
- ↑ http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/2011/01/18/how-to-train-your-dragon-producer-offers-sequel-tv-series-hints/
- ↑ http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=118852/
- ↑ http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/28/idUS252113+28-Mar-2012+BW20120328
- ↑ https://twitter.com/AnnaMariaPdT/status/99299274164154368
- ↑ http://www.cinemablend.com/television/Dragons-Riders-Berk-Comic-Con-2012-Live-Blog-44536.html