|How to Train Your Dragon|
|Created by||Cressida Cowell|
|Original work||How to Train Your Dragon (2003–2015)|
|Owned by||DreamWorks Animation|
|Films and television|
|Play(s)||How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular (2012)|
|* Crossover work|
How to Train Your Dragon (or HTTYD) is an American media franchise from DreamWorks Animation and loosely based on the eponymous series of children's books by British author Cressida Cowell. It consists of three feature films: How to Train Your Dragon (2010), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019). The franchise also contains of five short films: Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon (2010), Book of Dragons (2010), Gift of the Night Fury (2011), Dawn of the Dragon Racers (2014) and How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming (2019).
A television series following the events of the first film, DreamWorks Dragons, began airing on Cartoon Network in September 2012. The first and second seasons were titled Dragons: Riders of Berk and Dragons: Defenders of Berk respectively. With the third season onwards, the series moved to Netflix and was retitled Dragons: Race to the Edge, where it served as a prequel to the second film and was released from June 2015 to February 2018. A second series, titled Dragons: Rescue Riders, began airing on Netflix in 2019. It features a completely different cast and locale (the town of Huttsgalor) than the original series of films and TV shows, but is set in the same universe. The show is geared towards a younger pre-school audience.
The franchise follows the adventures of a young Viking named Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III (voiced by Jay Baruchel), son of Stoick the Vast, leader of the Viking island of Berk. Although initially dismissed as a clumsy and underweight misfit, he soon becomes renowned as a courageous expert in dragons, beginning with Toothless (Randy Thom), a member of the rare Night Fury breed as his flying mount and his closest companion. Together with his friends, he manages the village's allied dragon population in defense of his home as leader of a flying corps of dragon riders. Upon becoming leaders of their kind, Hiccup and Toothless are forced to make choices that will truly ensure peace between people and dragons. Dean DeBlois, the director of the trilogy, described its story as "Hiccup's coming of age," taking a span of five years between the first and second film, and a year between the second and third film.
The film series has been highly acclaimed, with each film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, in addition to the first film's nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Score.
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