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As if it wasn't enough for them to unveil an entirely new small-screen project in the form of Dinotrux, DreamWorks Animation also today unveiled a second animated show based on one of their most beloved film franchises to date at this year's WonderCon event.
Titled Dragons: Race to the Edge, the series in question's narrative kicks off shortly before the events of last year's high-flying fantastical blockbuster How to Train Your Dragon 2, features "new dragons like the Deathsong", plus reintroduces series veterans and newcomers alike to "[their favourite] vikings and dragons" (in the words of the studio's official Twitter account, anyway). Beyond that, our knowledge of what lies ahead for Hiccup, Toothless and the gang is mostly limited, although DreamWorks are all but guaranteed to release further plot details in the run-up to the programme's launch.
Much as we'd love to claim otherwise, whilst the original How to Train Your Dragon more than earned itself a 5* score from us back in 2010, the direct sequel which landed in cinemas four years later didn't fare so finely, instead finding itself lost amidst the glut of (mostly) accomplished prequels, sequels and remakes that hit the box office over the course of 2014's Summer of Film blockbuster season. If the recent Netflix-only Madagascar companion piece All Hail King Julian was representative of the quality of the studio's upcoming TV productions, though, with any luck the tide will once again turn in the Dragons saga's favour years ahead of its full-scale return to the realms of cinema in 2018.
Short of an invasion of winged beasts occurring in the real world, Dragons: Race to the Edge should land on Netflix in June 2015. In the meantime, take a glance below to uncover the first screenshots from its opening episode, then stay tuned to On-Screen for all of the latest information regarding its broadcast window, its new characters and of course its wider connections to the future of its long-running cinematic source material.