DreamWorks Dragons: The Nine Realms
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Genre
Based onHow to Train Your Dragon
Developed byHenry Gilroy
Voices of
Theme music composerPatrick Cannell
Composers
  • John Powell (themes)
  • Patrick Cannell (score)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producers
  • Chuck Austen (2021–2022)
  • Henry Gilroy (2021–2022)
  • John Tellegen (2021–present)
Running time22 minutes
Production companyDreamWorks Animation Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Syndication Studios
Release
Original network
Original releaseDecember 23, 2021 (2021-12-23) –
present
Chronology
Preceded byDreamWorks Dragons (2012–2018)
DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders (2019–present)

DreamWorks Dragons: The Nine Realms is an American computer animated television series television series in the How to Train Your Dragon franchise produced from DreamWorks Animation under DreamWorks Animation Television for Peacock and Hulu.

The series was released on both Peacock and Hulu on December 23, 2021, while season two was released on May 5, 2022.[1] A third season was released on August 18, 2022.[2]

Premise

The series is set in the modern world 1,300 years after the events of The Hidden World. It follows a group of misfit kids, brought by their parents to a huge fissure caused by a comet, who uncover the truth about dragons and where they've been hiding.[3]

Characters and cast

Main

Recurring and guest

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
16December 23, 2021 (2021-12-23)
27May 5, 2022 (2022-05-05)
37August 18, 2022 (2022-08-18)

Season 1 (2021)

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TitleDirected byWritten byStoryboarded byOriginal release date
11"First Flight, Part 1"Leo RileyStory by : Henry Gilroy
Teleplay by : Henry Gilroy and John Tellegen
Sol Chen, Micah Gunnell, Paul Cohen, Ibraheem Jara, Josh Covey, Tim Maltby, George Gipson and Eric PinediaDecember 23, 2021 (2021-12-23)

Tom Kullerson and his mom, Olivia, arrive by helicopter at the Kullerson Fissure, a massive trench in the earth's crust that goes down 7 miles, which also happens to be home to Project ICARIS: a scientific research station built to study the phenomenon. Once there, Olivia gets to work while Tom takes an orientation course of ICARIS with 3 other kids; Jun Wong, a childhood friend who believes in all things mythical and magical; D'Angelo Baker, an animal-loving army brat; and Alexandra 'Alex' Gonzalez, a shy and reserved computer hacker with the online alias "Cinnabot538". However, Tom chooses to run off to see the fissure and barely manages to help Phillip Baker, ICARIS' Chief of Security, save a worker who nearly fell in when an earthquake struck, catching a glimpse of a glowing creature underneath the fissure. That night, Tom catches up with Jun and decides to send a camera drone down into the fissure. The drone shorts out partway down and, despite being warned against it, heads down into the fissure in order to retrieve it. Down there, he discovers a creature caught beneath rubble and frees it, inadvertently making a most remarkable discovery: a real live Dragon.

Dragons discovered: Night Light
22"First Flight, Part 2"Robert BriggsJohn TellegenJosh Covey, Ji-Young Na and Chris StaggsDecember 23, 2021 (2021-12-23)
Tom finds himself face to face with the Night Light Dragon and freaks. As the skittish beast flies away, he attempts to climb back up but fails and falls down the fissure. He gets rescued by the dragon, who drops him off in a cave. After the dragon's curiosity gets on Tom’s nerves, he finds a way out of the cave and heads back to ICARIS to rest for the night. The next day, he can’t help but wonder as to what he saw that night and Jun suggests that it could be a dragon. After learning from his mom that Rakke Corp, the founders of ICARIS, are hoping to find something big in the fissure, he decides to keep the existence of the dragon a secret and heads back to the cave to bond with it. After attempting to feed it with various meals and learning about his taste for fish, the two grow closer as they take their first flight together which ends with Tom stumbling upon an entire hidden world of dragons within the fissure.
33"A Hole New World"Andrew CollinsEmma DudleyFederico Ferrari, Derek Moore and Belynda SmithDecember 23, 2021 (2021-12-23)

Tom's astonishment is short-lived when his mother calls him and he races home. The next day, sensors are put up and Tom asks for Alex's help in sneaking past. As Tom heads for the cave, Jun catches up and goes down the cave where the Night Light sleeps. She is awestruck to finally meet a dragon in real life but as she attempts to take a picture of it, Tom convinces her otherwise in order to keep their existence a secret and, after naming it Thunder, brings her to the hidden world. She is amazed and sees a pack of dragons feasting on the crystals. When she approaches, however, they quickly become aggressive and attack. As the trio try to escape, Jun falls down to a cavern while Tom and Thunder are kept busy by the aggressive dragons. Down the cavern, she discovers a two-headed dragon with the ability to breathe fire and ice and unsuccessfully attempts to befriend them by asserting dominance or tricking them with treasure repeatedly. As she laments her inability to train them, the dragon sympathizes with her and realizes they deserve respect. This allows her to bond with them and she names them "Wu and Wei". Together, they escape the cavern just as it collapses. She reunites with Tom and Thunder after the two manage to escape the 'Gembreaker' dragons. As they fly away, the dragons abruptly stop on their path and growl at a gigantic hole in the wall.

Dragons discovered: Terrible Terror, Gembreaker and Mist Twister
44"Dragon Club"Mandy ClotworthyMark HenryAbby McKenzie, Adam Murphy and David SmithDecember 23, 2021 (2021-12-23)
Tom and Jun wonder what could've made the hole and go on their way. As they fly, they notice an injured Gembreaker dragon nearby. As they come closer, the dragon becomes aggressive and they decide to help it by returning to ICARIS to gather medical supplies, while almost being seen by a flying camera drone. In the hospital area, D'Angelo is helping his wheelchair-bound mother arrange supplies and reveals to her his struggles with befriending the others. He catches Tom and Jun stealing a first-aid kit and wishes to come along as he possesses veterinary skills. Jun convinces a reluctant Tom to reveal their secret to a terrified and hesitant D'Angelo. They bring him to the hidden world and convince him to help the injured dragon. While they initially struggle to come closer, D'Angelo manages to get close enough to treat her and, remembering his mother's advice, allowing them to bond. Afterward, the aggressive Gembreakers return and bully her, causing D'Angelo to intervene and distract the bullies while the dragon flies away. As they are chased by the bullies, the dragon returns. With the others surrounded, the two work together and break a large crystal from above which falls right onto the Gembreakers, which sends them fleeing. D'Angelo joins the club and names the female Gembreaker 'Plowhorn'. Back at ICARIS, Tom and Jun join D'Angelo for dinner where he nearly exposes their secret to his father.
55"Featherhide"Andrew CollinsMae CattManny Banados, Federico Ferrari, Derek Moore and Belynda SmithDecember 23, 2021 (2021-12-23)

While flying through the fissure, Thunder gets distracted by the sight of lightning and almost gets caught by a flying helicopter, while being secretly followed by an invisible dragon. Alex sees glimpses of Thunder and becomes suspicious of Tom. Back at the cave, the group is being watched by the invisible dragon. Alex tries to find Tom in the woods and sees the dragons, which scares her and sends her running back home. The invisible dragon follows her, which Alex is initially scared of. She tries to avoid the dragon but, with Tom's help, soon bonds with it. After her parents arrive the kids successfully flee into the woods along with their dragons. At the cave, Alex joins them and names her dragon 'Feathers' while Tom realizes why Thunder acted strange and promises to help him find his real family.

Dragons discovered: Featherhide
66"Fault Ripper"Mandy ClotworthyJohn TellegenAbby McKenzie, Adam Murphy and David SmithDecember 23, 2021 (2021-12-23)

ICARIS begins experiences dangerous quakes and Olivia suggests that they send a manned probe down the fissure to blow up the area that is housing the quakes, which worries Tom as it is very close to the entrance of the hidden world. While discussing the issue, Wilma Sledkin (Olivia's rival) arrives and tries to shut Olivia's idea down. The staff side with Olivia and proceed with her plan. Concerned for their dragons' safety, Tom and the others decide to send them to the hidden world. As they leave, the kids discover that a dragon has been causing the quakes. Tom realizes that they'll have to save their parents on their own. Tom and Jun take the probe into the fissure while D'Angelo and Alex keep watch. Down there, they meet the culprit and discover it is blind. Chief Baker arrives forcing D'Angelo to flee, and begins to pull up the probe after Tom and Jun manage to reach the ledge. Olivia and Baker take the probe back down while Tom and Jun arrive at the entrance only to find it collapsed. Olivia and Baker carry out the plan but the explosion attracts the Fault Ripper who knocks them unconscious. Thunder and the dragons reunite with Tom and Jun and as Tom and Thunder engage the Fault Ripper, Jun breaks for the Surface while Olivia catches a glimpse of Tom riding Thunder. Thunder frees the probe allowing it to return to the surface. Together with the other kids, they defeat the Fault Ripper. The probe returns and Olivia dismisses her vision of Thunder, maintaining the secret. Back at the cave, the kids swear to protect the dragon's secret and place their handprints on a rock. Thunder marks as a symbol on the rock which Tom recognizes from his mom's ancestral Viking helmet.

Dragons discovered: Fault Ripper

Season 2 (2022)

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71"Uniconned"Robert BriggsEmma DudleyJosh Covey, Travis Marks, Jin-Young Na and Chris StaggsMay 5, 2022 (2022-05-05)

Time has passed since the battle with the Fault Ripper but Tom is still plagued by dreams of the event, the dragon riders begin to explore other parts of the hidden world. While exploring the group discovers the gembreakers trapping something in a small cave after scaring them off they find a small cute dragon in the crevice. Jun is smitten by it and asks the others to let her keep it but Tom, D'Angelo and Alex refuse since it is against the rules. Jun smuggles the dragon out of the fissure and into her house but is shocked to find her older brother Eugene waiting for her, she avoids him and runs into her room. Jun names the dragon Nibbles since it likes to nibble food and tries to go to sleep Nibbles tricks Jun into letting him out and makes a mess in the kitchen. Jun is almost caught by Eugene but while she's distracted, Nibbles escapes and screeches loudly Jun chases after him but is confronted by Tom, D'Angelo, and Alex who force her to confess what she did. The kids track Nibbles to the storehouse and work together to capture him, as they make their way back to the fissure Nibbles's family arrives and frees him but before they go the Tiny dragons combine their power and create a giant bubble bomb and send it towards the town. Jun and Wu and Wei freeze the bubble while the others push it down the fissure, after its over Jun apologizes for her actions and realizes Eugene is at the storehouse.

Dragons discovered: Bubblehorn
82"Magma Breather"Andrew CollinsMark HenryManny Banados, Derek Moore and Belynda SmithMay 5, 2022 (2022-05-05)

Tom must keep his mom distracted while Jun, Alex and D'Angelo use a new dragon to close off a cave leading to the Crystal Realm.

Dragon discovered: Magma Breather
93"Dragons of the Undead"Mandy ClotworthyMae CattAbby McKenzie, Adam Murphy and David SmithMay 5, 2022 (2022-05-05)
The day begins with our heroes in a classroom learning about the importance of public speaking, a subject that terrifies Alex. The riders practice their speeches in the lair just as they get an alert from the sensors they placed in the Crystal Realm. Rushing in to investigate, they suddenly get attacked by a large horde of white Featherhide dragons that capture Feathers and take her away. While the riders regroup, Jun presumes that the dragon that attacked them could be zombies and D’Angelo, who got bitten by one, becomes convinced that he’s turning into one of them. Alex and the riders track the Featherhides to a cavern with a crystal tower where Feathers is being held prisoner and try to rescue her, only to be chased off by a Titan-wing White Featherhide. Alex, refusing to leave her friend behind, summons all the strength and courage she has and goes back in alone to get Feathers back, while instructing the other riders to keep the horde busy, even though by this time D’Angelo has had Tom tie him to Plowhorn to keep his friends safe from him. Through some creative thinking and a hologram that she has made of herself for her speech, Alex manages to sneak past the horde, climb the tower and free Feathers. Tom, Jun and their dragons do their best to hold back the horde and are almost overrun. Luckily, Alex and Feathers come to the rescue by blasting the other Featherhides, realizing that the dragons are actually molting their scales, which makes them for more aggressive than usual. After blasting all of the Featherhides, including the Titan-wing, the riders are saved and the dragons return to their home. Feathers choose to stay with Alex and the other riders take comfort in the fact that Alex can be brave, but only when it really counts.
104"Downpour"Robert BriggsJohn Tellegen and Emma DudleyJosh Covey, Mitchell Lin, Travis Marks, Jin-Young Na and Chris StaggsMay 5, 2022 (2022-05-05)

Tom and Thunder train a new species of aggressive tidal dragons to help the other riders put out a forest fire threatening ICARIS.

Dragon discovered: Floodfang
115"The Tangled Web"Andrew CollinsEmma DudleyManny Banados, Derek Moore and Rhianna WynterMay 5, 2022 (2022-05-05)

Tom and D'Angelo must come together to help Alex and Jun escape from the clutches of the Spiderwings.

Dragons discovered: Spiderwings
126"Follow the Lightning, Part 1"Robert BriggsMark HenryJosh Covey, Kathy J. Liu, Travis Marks, Jin-Young Na and Chris StaggsMay 5, 2022 (2022-05-05)

Shortly after the incident with the Spiderwings, Tom and the other riders plan to spend the day exploring the hidden world but when they arrive at the lair, Thunder is gone, leaving Tom devastated but determined to find his dragon. Meanwhile, Eugene starts to suspect Jun is hiding something and tries to find answers. Tom, Jun, D'Angelo and Alex start to follow Thunder's trail and the path leads them to what appears to be a dead end but Wu and Wei blast a hole in the wall and the group discover a new dragon world Tom sees a lightning strike in the distance and decide to follow it but soon after setting out the kids fly through a stampede of Terrible Terrors and are then ambushed by a cluster of Spiderwings. After narrowly escaping, they continue on they come across a water hole and rest and refuel as they do Nibbles and his dragons attack them but Wu and Wei freeze them in ice. Jun begins to feel unsafe and suggests they turn back and D'Angelo and Alex agree with her but Tom is still intent on finding Thunder and reveals his secret to D'Angelo and Alex but fails to convince them to continue on and sets off on foot shortly after they catch up to Tom and make up, the dragon riders start moving and come across a tornado blocking their path the tornado is revealed to be caused by a Razorwhip. The Razorwhip attacks them and Jun suspects it is protecting something, the riders defeat the dragon and find Thunder, Tom learns that Thunder was trying to find his family from whom he was separated. The kids find a scale from an unknown dragon on the ground and look on at a large hole in the wall.

Dragons discovered: Razorwhip
137"Follow the Lightning, Part 2"Mandy ClotworthyMae CattAbby McKenzie, Adam Murphy and David SmithMay 5, 2022 (2022-05-05)

The dragon riders learn the truth about why Thunder wandered off and follow the footprints belonging to the unknown dragon into the cave. Meanwhile, back at ICARIS, Eugene continues his investigation about Jun and attempts to break into her laptop. He even reads through her Journal but becomes disinterested. Tom, Jun, D'Angelo, and Alex emerge from the cave and into a crystal maze where they wander around trying to find a way out, but instead come face to face with a Titan-wing Skrill dragon. The Skrill is asleep and the dragon riders and their dragons attempt to quietly walk away careful not to wake it but Thunder full of hate growls at it despite Tom's pleas to leave it be. The Skrill wakes up and uses its lightning to bring the cavern down splitting the kids up. They manage to regroup and realize that getting past the Skrill is the only way that they will escape the maze. Tom also realizes that large veins of silver in the walls are absorbing the lightning from the Skrill, so he uses a piece of a silver fashioned to look like a sword as a lightning rod to drain the Skrill's power and supercharge Thunder. After a Mega-Lightning Blast defeats the Skrill and opens a new route back home, Tom swears to the riders to always be there for them and the riders swear to help Thunder find his family. The kids watch as the Skrill disappears into another dragon world filled with magma and fire. As they look inside Tom finds a spear head with the night fury symbol on it and realizes other people have been there before.

Dragons discovered: Skrill

Season 3 (2022)

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141"Fire Escape"Andrew CollinsMae CattManny Banados, Derek Moore and Rhianna WynterAugust 18, 2022 (2022-08-18)
Dragons discovered: Monstrous Nightmare
152"Ride or Die"Mandy ClotworthyEmma DudleyAbby McKenzie, Adam Murphy, David Smith and Quynh TruongAugust 18, 2022 (2022-08-18)
Dragons discovered: Flame Throwers
163"Empty Fireworm Nest"Andrew CollinsRicky RoxburghManny Banados, Derek Moore and Rhianna WynterAugust 18, 2022 (2022-08-18)
Dragons discovered: Fireworm
174"Dr. Catastrophe"Robert BriggsMark HenryJosh Covey, Mitchell Lin, Kathy J. Liu, Travis Marks and Chris StaggsAugust 18, 2022 (2022-08-18)
Dragons discovered: Fire Gronckle and Catastrophic Quaken
185"It Flies in the Family"Mandy ClotworthyMae CattAbby McKenzie, Adam Murphy, David Smith and Simon WilliamsAugust 18, 2022 (2022-08-18)
Dragons discovered: Deadly Spinner and Hobgobbler
196"Magma Comes to the Surface"Robert BriggsLaura BowesJosh Covey, Max Lawson, Mitchell Lin, Travis Marks, Ji-Young Na and Chris StaggsAugust 18, 2022 (2022-08-18)
When the Magma Breather becomes sick, the riders are forced to bring it up and into ICARIS to heal it, where Eugene gets a chance to prove that he can be a real Dragon Rider for the right reasons.
207"The Sky Torcher"Andrew CollinsRicky RoxburghManny Banados, Arron Davies, Ian Milne and Derek MooreAugust 18, 2022 (2022-08-18)

Riddled with guilt and despair, Tom attempts to correct a grave mistake of his own just as a massive dragon; the Sky Torcher decided to invade the Crystal Realm. After making amends with the Fault Ripper, the Dragon Riders and the dragons of the Crystal Realm fight against the Sky Torcher and its Flame Thrower minions to save their home. Afterwards, Tom discovers a metal Viking Canister with a 'Night Fury' Sigil on it, which could hold the key to his connections with the dragons. Buzzsaw also, accidently stumbles upon a sinkhole in his companies own backyard, which conceals an entrance into a third world of dragons; the Ice Realm.

Dragons discovered: Sky Torcher

Production

DreamWorks announced Dragons: The Nine Realms on October 13, 2021. The series was released on Peacock and Hulu on December 23, 2021, with season one containing six episodes for 22 minutes each. The series stars Jeremy Shada. It was produced by showrunners John Tellegen, Chuck Austen and Henry Gilroy.[6]

Broadcast

Outside the United States, it aired on DreamWorks Channel Asia in 2022. The series will premiere on YTV in Canada, Sky Kids and Sky Showcase in United Kingdom, Rai Gulp in Italy, Clan in Spain, Super RTL in Germany and e.tv in South Africa in 2022. It has since also aired in the UK on CBBC

Video game

In May 2022, DreamWorks Animation and Universal announced that a game based on the series is in the works titled Dragons: Legend of the Nine Realms, published by Outright Games and developed by Aheartfulofgames, making this their second DreamWorks game since Spirit: Lucky Big Adventure. The game tells an original story before from the series and plays get to play as Thunder, Tom's dragon, trying to find his family in the hidden world. Game was released on September 23, 2022 with Jeremy Shada reprising his role as Tom, narrating through.

References

  1. ^ "'Dragons: The Nine Realms' Season 2 Trailer Reveals Release Date and More Scaly Creatures". Collider. 21 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Hulu Originals Summer Slate". 16 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b Zahed, Ramin (2021-12-08). "The Next Gen Spreads Its Wings in 'Dragons: The Nine Realms' (New Trailer)". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2022-01-20.
  4. ^ Hailu, Selome; Song, Katie (December 8, 2021). "Julia Stiles, Marcus Scribner Among 'Dragons: The Nine Realms' Cast (TV News Roundup)".
  5. ^ "Dragons: The Nine Realms – Season 3". Hulu. Retrieved August 8, 2022.
  6. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (October 13, 2021). "Teaser: DreamWorks Dragons Take Flight for the Future in 'The Nine Realms'". Animation Magazine. Retrieved October 15, 2021.