Netflix has been known to revive canceled television shows with new Netflix-exclusive seasons. It also has a huge deal with DreamWorks animation. That’s why it comes as no shock that Netflix will get new seasons of DreamWorks Dragons after the show wrapped up a two-season run on Cartoon Network.
DreamWorks Dragons is an animated series based on DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon. The movie has a theatrical sequel about to hit theaters, so interest in the franchise should only be renewed. From the announcement:
Based on DreamWorks Animation’s hit How to Train Your Dragon films, the new episodes bridge the gap between the first feature film and the much-anticipated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2, hitting theaters this summer. Weaving a continuous storyline, the television series works in tandem with the feature films and DVD specials, allowing fans to delve deeper into dragon lore. From the origin of Hiccup’s new flight suit and the secrets of his dragon blade to the young Viking’s budding romance with Astrid, DreamWorks Dragons on Netflix gives viewers rich details of the larger narrative with the introduction of new dragons, exotic places and worlds unknown.
Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera who voice the two young Viking heroes in the feature film return to the television series to voice Hiccup and Astrid, and are joined by Christopher Mintz-Plasse and TJ Miller who will reprise their roles as Fishlegs and Tuffnut in the series.
“We are happy to be adding Dragons to our growing slate of original series for kids,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President, Original Content. “This is one of DreamWorks Animation’s most beloved set of characters and we know that kids and families will be enjoying them for years to come.”
Netflix inked a deal with DreamWorks last year in its biggest ever push for original content. The deal was to include over 300 hours of new, original programming. The first fruit of this deal was Turbo: FAST, a series based on the Turbo movie.
In March, Netflix announced three more DreamWorks originals: King Jullen, Puss in Boots, and Veggie Tales in the House. King Jullen hails from the Madagascar films. Puss in Boots comes from the Shrek franchise (he also had his own movie), and Veggie Tales, an animated show about Christian vegetables, was originally a direct-to-video ofering before debuting on NBC in 2009. Netflix added Veggie Tales to its catalog in 2009.
Netflix says new DreamWorks Dragons seasons will start in Spring of next year in all of its territories, including France and Germany.
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