TELEVISION: Dragons gets second season
Based upon the Academy Award®-nominated film, How To Train Your Dragon, DreamWorks Dragons is back for its second season of epic adventures and high-flying hijinks on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. (ET, PT) on Cartoon Network. In the new season, DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk Hiccup (Jay Baruchel, This Is The End) and his dragon Toothless lead the way as the gang graduates from experienced riders to confident defenders. The group will face a surprising enemy, rare and wild dragons and exciting adventures.
As an unforeseen villain emerges, the trainers must develop their skills and defend the Viking Island of Berk. The kids take it upon themselves to protect Berk and form a secret “Dragons Flight Club” to battle old foes with new dragon knowledge and flying skills. Hiccup tries his hand as an inventor, while Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Superbad) becomes the most popular man in town. The group also learns the important lesson of not taking your dragon for granted.
The first season of DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk, premiered on Cartoon Network last September and quickly became a ratings success. On average, season one’s premieres ranked #1 in their timeslot among key boys 2-14 versus all other TV networks, according to Nielsen Media Research.
DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk features an all-star line-up of voice talent, including Jay Baruchel (Hiccup), America Ferrera (Astrid), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fishlegs) and T.J. Miller (Tuffnut), all of whom are original cast members from the feature film, which was among the top ten movies at the global box office in 2010. In addition, Tim Conway (Mulch), Chris Edgerly (Gobber), Mark Hamill (Alvin the Treacherous), Andree Vermeulen (Ruffnut), Nolan North (Stoick), Zack Pearlman (Snotlout), Stephen Root (Mildew) and Tom Wilson (Bucket) voice main characters throughout the series.
DreamWorks Dragons: Defenders of Berk is produced by DreamWorks Animation Television. Art Brown and Douglas Sloan are show runners.
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DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranks #12 on the list. All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 27 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots and The Croods.