How to Train your Dragon coming to the small screen

Cartoon Network and DreamWorks pictures recently released a pair of trailers for the upcoming television series, DreamWorks’ Dragons.

The show continues the adventures of the characters from the CGI film, How to Train your Dragon, which, in turn, was based on the book by Cressida Cowell.

The formula? During each episode, Hiccup and his friends will have a new dragon who must be trained, and along the way Hiccup learns frequent lessons about what it means to be an adult, and an heir to power, in a society of Vikings.

How to Train your Dragon is actually one of my favorite CGI films, as it sets a really great example of how to craft a story and franchise with wide demographic appeal. Yes, it’s unlikely the series will have the same appeal, series based on films rarely do, but I’m still looking forward to checking it out anyway.

The full cast list is not up yet, but we know we’re at least getting Jay Baruchel – that’s definitely his voice in the trailer – who voiced Hiccup in the film and all of the associated shorts and promos, and who is also returning for the sequel, which is currently still in development.

The official synopsis of the show is thus:

“After Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III discovered dragons could be trained, the Island of Berk appeared to be safe, until its residents realized how many dragons there actually were! Now the only option is to train them all! Take flight with Hiccup, Toothless, and a community of Viking warriors, as they discover the world of dragons is a lot larger than they thought!”

DreamWorks’ Dragons premiers on Cartoon Network this fall.