DVD Review: Dragons: Riders of Berk (Parts 1 and 2)

DreamWorks’ How to Train Your Dragon wound up being such a surprise hit that a sequel was put into production fairly quickly. But the interesting thing is that Dreamworks also commissioned a television show to bridge the gap between the films; they’ve done it before with other properties like Kung Fu Panda. Now the series Dragons: Riders of Berk has arrived onto DVD with the sequel less than 12 months away.

The show follows the characters from the first film as they go on wacky adventures, et al, within the world created by the film. Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller and David Tennant all return to voice the principal roles in the series, with a handful of new cast members replacing Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig and Jonah Hill.

What Riders of Berk is good at appealing to children and those who were fans of the first film. The first 20 episodes of a 40 episode run, separated into two seasons of 30 apiece, have been released on two DVDs.

And the show is something you have to be a fan of the film to really get into, especially if you have young children. This isn’t designed for anything but, especially considering its run on Cartoon Network, and it’s not awful entertainment by any stretch of the imagination. It’s just not designed for adults and as such is an extension of the film itself; if your kids enjoyed the film then the first season will be a good view for them.

The DVD comes with a bunch of EPK-produced fluff. So nothing of significance.

20th Century Fox presents Dragons: Riders of Berk (Part 1 and 2). Starring Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T. J. Miller and David Tennant. Running time: 440 minutes. Rated: Not Rated. Released: July 23, 2013.