Within the new The way to Practice Your Dragon present, the human characters aren’t seasoned viking warriors, however fashionable youngsters. And sure, which means they use cellphones and computer systems and have entry to the web. Showrunner John Tellegen says that truly one of many greatest challenges with the fashionable day setting was balancing the marvels of expertise with the majesty of dragons proved to be a little bit of a problem.
“As a lot as modern-day youngsters are on their units fairly a bit, we didn’t wish to lose what makes dragons really feel so grounded by placing an excessive amount of tech into it,” he tells Polygon. “My intuition was all the time to lean away from the tech.”
Dragons: The 9 Realms takes place 1,300 years after the top of the unique collection. (“Although the present takes place 1,300 years sooner or later,” provides Tellegen, “it doesn’t imply that we’re not going to seek out some surprises from the previous.”) After a fissure within the Earth’s crust opens, stressed teenager Tom and his mother journey to the fault’s analysis middle. Interested in all of the potential discoveries, Tom by chance stumbles upon the Hidden World, the underground cavern the place the dragons retreated after the top of the film trilogy. He befriends a curious black-and-white dragon, and ultimately introduces his new pals to them too. The fashionable setting doesn’t simply enable the characters to make use of drones, cellphones, and computer systems; it additionally introduces new themes — ones which may be extra relatable.
“One of many advantages of transferring into the fashionable instances is it permits us to play on themes which can be extra present, like local weather change and animal rights. Issues which can be necessary to our modern-day viewers that the Vikings won’t have cared a lot about,” says Tellegen. “However our modern-day youngsters do.”
Not like the characters within the authentic film and present, the fashionable day youngsters in Dragons: The 9 Realms are a extra various bunch. It’s undoubtedly extra of an ensemble present than something within the originals, which had been finally targeted on Hiccup and Toothless. However now, there’s a completely different child and a distinct dragon — with completely different cool powers — to match. For example, shy pc hacker Alex will get paired with a dragon who can flip invisible, whereas fearless Tom finally ends up bonding with Toothless’ descendant who can shoot lightning bolts.
As Tellegen says, whereas the dragons and children advanced collectively, the main target was all the time on creating a large and various roster of human characters, who all shared one very particular factor.
“They had been all youngsters who hadn’t essentially had a spot to name residence. D’Angelo is an Military brat, who traveled round together with his household and Tom and his mom had been adventuring across the globe,” explains Tellegen. “The thought of bringing all of those characters from completely different walks of life collectively and having them discover a household and discover residence at this place was an enormous a part of the event of the human characters.”
Dragons: The 9 Realms is streaming on Peacock and Hulu now.