Dragons: Race to the Edge

 

Netflix

 

Starring: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, TJ Miller

 

Genre: Animation

 

Best for: All ages

 

PopFam Rating: A

 

Episode Reviewed: Season 1

 

Show Summary: The dragon riders of Berk discover an ancient artifact that leads to many new adventures!

 

The Review

 

Here’s an animated TV series you’ll actually want to binge-watch with your kids. Dragons: Race to the Edge continues the story from the box-office smash hits How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

 

Over the past several years, Netflix has released multiple series exclusive to their “network.” Many, like Orange is the New Black and Daredevil, are aimed at purely adult audiences, but this time they joined forces with DreamWorks to create an animated series that the whole family can enjoy.

 

Dragons: Race to the Edge takes place three years before How to Train Your Dragon 2, at a time when Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and friends are just settling in to their new jobs and places in society. Berk is a quiet and peaceful place and all is well, until Dagur the Deranged escapes from jail. Hiccup, his crew, and their dragons fly to a shipwreck graveyard to find him, and discover the Dragon Eye, an ancient artifact that keeps them focused on many adventures throughout the series.

 

While the series starts in a somewhat violent manner, with the escape of Dagur from Outcast Island, it quickly reverts to it’s playful feel with Hiccup and Toothless flipping and flying over the ocean and Berk. Themes of friendship and loyalty are strong in this series, as are pranks played by Tuffnut (T.J. Miller) and Ruffnut (Andree Vermeulen).

 

Often animated movies adapted to TV format fail in quality of story and talent, but Dragons is different. Not only is each episode interesting and creative, but the voice acting is excellent. Like Jay Baruchel, many of the same actors have followed from movie to TV format, including America Ferrera (the voice of Astrid), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Fishlegs), and T.J. Miller (Tuffnut). It’s a nice continuation from one to the next, and sets up well for How to Train Your Dragon 3, which is set to release in 2018.

 

In the meantime, you and your young ones can enjoy the adventures of Hiccup and Toothless on Netflix.

 

After the Show:

 

Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:

 

• In the beginning of the series, Hiccup is the only one who wants to take on the task of searching out Dagur. When have you felt something needed to be done, and you needed to convince others to join in?

 

• Even though the search for Dagur takes Hiccup and his friends on some dangerous adventures, they all end up joining him. What makes Hiccup the kind of person others will follow?

 

• What makes you a good friend?

 

--JW

 

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