Netflix will bow new seasons of original series “DreamWorks Dragons” exclusively worldwide — including in France and Germany — starting in spring 2015 under its multiyear pact with DreamWorks Animation.
The toon is based on DreamWorks Animation’s “How to Train Your Dragon” films, and has aired on Cartoon Network. The TV series bridges the gap between the first film and sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which hits theaters June 13. dragon lore. Storylines include Hiccup’s new flight suit, the secrets of his dragon blade and the young Viking’s budding romance with Astrid.
DreamWorks Animation and Netflix reached a deal last summer under which the subscription VOD service will become the exclusive home for 300-plus hours of new programming from the studio — marking Netflix’s largest deal for first-run content.
Netflix launched the first DWA original series — “Turbo FAST,” based on the movie about racing snails — last December. The companies announced three new original series based on the studio’s characters, set to debut in late 2014 on the Internet-streaming service: “King Julien,” “Puss in Boots” and “Veggie Tales in the House.”
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“DreamWorks Dragons” features Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera, who voice the two young Viking heroes in the films, Hiccup and Astrid. They are joined by Christopher Mintz-Plasse and TJ Miller who will reprise their roles as Fishlegs and Tuffnut in the series.
“The ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ franchise has been incredible to work with,” showrunners Art Brown and Douglas Sloan said in a statement. “There is so much rich material available to us in the TV world that we can really dig in and create a different yet complementary experience to the feature films.”
“We are happy to be adding ‘Dragons’ to our growing slate of original series for kids,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix VP of 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.”