DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk (Cartoon Network): Fun For The Whole Family

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DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragons is one of my favorite animation films (if you haven’t seen it yet, get your hands on it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how amazing it is) and because of its success, Cartoon Network decided that it would bring Hiccup and his dragon Toothless to our living room on a weekly basis, and that’s how DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk was born.

The series is a continuation of the movie as we follow the adventures of our favorite characters in half hour episodes. The best part is that most of the original voice cast is back, that includes Jay Baruchel as Hiccup, America Ferrera as Astrid, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs and T.J. Miller as Tuffnut, which is sure to please fans of the film. For me it gave the series a sense of familiarity and made it easy to jump back into the story.

Visually speaking, Dragons: Riders of Berk is pretty close to the original look of the movie, which is quite a feat since I’m guessing there is less time and budget to get it all perfect. And while the team is most likely able to use the groundwork laid down for the movie, I was still amazed at how good it all looked.

As for the stories, well if the first episode “Animal House” is anything to go by, each episode will feature a new adventure for our young team of heroes and their dragons on the Viking island of Berk. It also looks like we’ll be learning a lot more about the dragons themselves and their unique abilities. In fact, in “Animal House” we discover something that will come very handy for the people of Berk. And in case you were wondering, yes Toothless is still as adorable and fearless as he was in the film.

Overall, this is a great addition to the Cartoon Network line up and something fun that the whole family can enjoy together.

DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk premieres tonight, September 4th, at 7:30pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network. And for fans of the movie, you’ll be happy to know that a sequel is also in the works and is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 20, 2014.

You can find more photos from the series below.

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