Ok, so my kids are currently a little Dragons obsessed. They have been watching (and rewatching) the Netflix exclusive Dragons: Race to the Edge (Season 3 just hit the air on July 24th, woot!).
When they first started watching Race to the Edge, several months back, I wasn’t paying much attention. I watched the show a bit, here and there, briefly, to ensure it was a series I felt comfortable with them seeing, and then I pretty much ignored it. I hadn’t even seen the film that launched this spin-off series. The girls had watched How to Train Your Dragon with their dad one afternoon when I was busy doing other things.
However this summer their obsession level has ramped up (at least in part because Rainbow has been really wrapped up in working on her own Book of Dragons). When my kids start asking to watch the same show every day, I sit up and pay attention. That combined with the fact that I am often in the room with them when they are watching TV led to me suddenly paying more and more attention to the dragon riders of Berk, and to be honest, getting sucked into the setting and storylines.
This, of course, made me want to watch the movies, and then I started poking around and came to the realisation that there was a heck of a lot more Dreamworks Dragons stuff out there that we had yet to see. In total there are two movies (so far), two older television shows, a handful of short films, and the Netflix exclusive series.
But out of that what was available to watch on Netflix? Where could I find the other shows? What order should we watch them in? I mean my kids don’t really care and will watch things in any old order, but I was curious to know what the chronology of the ongoing story was.
So I did some research and this is what I came up with.
First, of course, is the film that started it all: How to Train Your Dragon. This is easy to find, just about anywhere. Watch it on Netflix, grab a DVD, whatever works for you. Just go watch it, right away. Don’t wait six years, like I did.
Next up is a handful of short films; Gift of the Night Fury, Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon, and Book of Dragons. You can find all of these on Netflix, and I recommend watching them there over trying to hunt down the DVD versions, which can be pricey. Book of Dragons and Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon can be found bundled together on Netflix under the title How to Train Your Dragon Legends. Gift of the Night Fury is a little harder to find, looking for it in the Netflix search bar won’t net you any results, but you can find it hidden within Dreamworks Holiday Classic (Episode 3).
After that come two seasons worth of Dreamworks Dragons television episodes. These originally aired on the Cartoon Network, and are currently available on DVD. The first season was called Dragons: Riders of Berk. You can find it on DVD packaged as Dragons: Riders of Berk Part 1 and Dragons: Riders of Berk Part 2. The second season was called Dragons: Defenders of Berk. You can find it on DVD packaged as Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 1 and Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 2.
Then there is another short film called Dawn of the Dragon Racers, which is currently streaming on Netflix.
Next up is the Netflix exclusive series Dragons: Race to the Edge. There are three seasons out for this one thus far. Netflix has yet to confirm the fourth season of Dragons: Race to the Edge and no official release date has been announced for season four, but since they left us with a cliffhanger I have to assume that the next season is already in the works (pretty please?).
Last is the second movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2. Yes, parts of the Dragons television series have premiered after this film came out. However I guarantee, the second film takes place after the television series. (Without dipping too far into spoilers — there is a character who dies in the second film, who is still around in the most recent of the Dreamworks Dragons spin-off shows.)
I also feel like I should mention, the entire franchise is based on the series of How to Train Your Dragon books written by Cressida Cowell. They are a fun read. Check them out.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
VIEWING ORDER CHECKLIST:
- How to Train Your Dragon (2010) – Currently on Netflix.
- Gift of the Night Fury (2011) – Currently on Netflix, sort of hidden under Dreamworks Holiday Classics, Episode 3.
- Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon (2010) – Currently on Netflix under How to Train Your Dragon: Legends.
- Book of Dragons (2011) – Currently on Netflix under How to Train Your Dragon: Legends.
- Dragons: Riders of Berk (2012–13) – Not on Netflix, is available to purchase on DVD.
- Dragons: Defenders of Berk (2013–14) – Not on Netflix, is available to purchase on DVD.
- Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers (2014) – Currently on Netflix.
- Dragons: Race to the Edge, Season 1-3 – Exclusively available on Netflix.
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) – Not currently on Netflix, is available to purchase on DVD.
- How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2018) – Coming to theatres in 2018!
Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, and as such I am compensated to provide thoughts and suggestions about what’s currently showing on Netflix. As always my words and opinions are my own.
If you or your kids are into Dreamworks Dragons you may also be interested in this post about creating your own book of dragons, which includes a great list of online resources for making your own dragon rider’s notebook.