Dad of Divas' Reviews: DVD Review - Dragons: Defenders of Berk

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

DVD Review - Dragons: Defenders of Berk

Dragons: Defenders of Berk
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About the DVD
DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon fans can soar higher than ever before when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases on DVD the first part of the award-winning top-rated TV series, DreamWorks DRAGONS: DEFENDERS OF BERK. Available everywhere March 25, the DVD kicks off the franchise’s “Year of the Dragon” which will continue with the highly anticipated film sequel arriving in theaters this June as well as Dragon game apps, books and other fan experiences releasing throughout the year. The DVD of the 2013 Annie Award winner for Best Animated Television Production for Children is loaded with exciting bonus content for the whole family to enjoy and contains 10 epic adventures and four all-new dragons.

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Academy Award® nominated movie How to Train Your Dragon, DRAGONS: DEFENDERS OF BERK PART 1 follows Hiccup and his fellow dragon trainers as they battle to protect their island home. The young Vikings must put their dragon training skills to the test to defeat dangerous and surprising new enemies! The series features original voice talent from the film including Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse and will include, Zack Pearlman and more.

Defenders of Berk, and the previously released Riders of Berk, is a must-own for any Dragons fan to catch up before the summer event when How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theatres June 13th! The DVD is jam-packed with special features that dive deeper into the exciting world of Dragons, including Dragon Tracker Part 3 featuring an in-depth look at the Screaming Death, Fireworm Queen, Flightmare and Skrill dragons; Evolution of Screaming Death, a featurette with visual effects supervisor David Jones who explains the history behind this interesting and scary dragon; and the “SuperFly” Dragon Mash-up music video. When it comes to action and excitement, the sky’s the limit in this high-flying animated TV series.

The actual episodes on the 2 discs are as follows:
  1. How to Start a Dragon Academy
  2. Viking for Hire
  3. Animal House
  4. The Terrible Twos
  5. In Dragons We Trust (part 1 of a 2 part episode)
  6. Alvin and The Outcasts (part 2 of a 2 part episode)
  7. How to Pick Your Dragon
  8. Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Man
  9. Dragon Flower
  10. Heather Report Part 1
  11. Heather Report Part 2

My Take on the DVD
This was a great collection of episodes that build so amazingly from the original movie. You get to spend more time with the characters that you have come to love from the movie and experience quality writing and strong artwork. One of the things that I loved about this was that many of the same actors that voiced characters in the movie are back for this series too which lends to credibility in my book. My girls and I enjoyed watching these episodes, with the Portrait of Hiccup as a Buff Man being our favorite (but all were great!).

All-in-all this was a great set. If you loved the movie, you will love this series too!

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