Cartoon Network to launch ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ series in 2012

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Animated film hit “How to Train Your Dragon” will morph into a weekly Cartoon Network animated series expected to launch domestically and internationally in 2012.

The announcement comes three days before the DVD release of the film, which is approaching the $500 million mark in worldwide grosses. There is also a film sequel of the property scheduled for release in 2013.

“Great characters and captivating story telling along with state of the art animation is what we love giving our audience,” Turner animation, young adults and kids business prexy/COO Stuart Snyder said. “The ‘How To Train Your Dragon’ weekly series definitely falls into that category of giving our viewers around the globe something they can’t find anywhere else on television, and DreamWorks Animation is a proven leader in taking this art form to the next level.  We are ecstatic to be bringing this project to our network and working with everyone at DreamWorks Animation.”

Added Dreamworks Animation COO Ann Daly: “It is incredibly exciting to be able to bring viewers deeper into the world of dragons and tell new stories each week inspired by our characters from the film.”

Cartoon Network will premiere “The Legend of the BoneKnapper Dragon,” an animated short that is part of the DVD bonus package, at 8 p.m. Thursday.

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