About a month after "How to Train Your Dragon" flew through theaters, DreamWorks knew they wanted a television series, sequel, live show and online virtual world to keep their franchise breathing fire. Now, just ahead of the film's DVD and Blu-ray releases on October 15, a 3-D theatrical sequel has been confirmed for 2013, and Cartoon Network has revealed that they will host the TV show, which will follow the continuing adventures of Hiccup and Toothless on a weekly basis.
"Great characters and captivating storytelling along with state of the art animation is what we love giving our audience," Turner's Animation, Young Adults & Kids Business president/COO Stuart Snyder said in a press release. "The 'How to Train Your Dragon' weekly series definitely falls into that category of giving our viewers around the globe something they can't find anywhere else on television and DreamWorks Animation is a proven leader in taking this art form to the next level. We are ecstatic to be bringing this project to our network and working with everyone at DreamWorks Animation."
The series won't air until 2012, but it is slated to show in both domestic and international regions. Furthermore, with the 3-D sequel not expected to arrive until 2013, think of the series as a pre-scheduled re-introduction to the "HTTYD" universe.
"'How to Train Your Dragon' has already captured the hearts and minds of audiences around the world and we are thrilled to join together with Cartoon Network to expand on this amazing movie in a television series of its own," DreamWorks Animation COO Ann Daly said in a statement. "It is incredibly exciting to be able to bring viewers deeper into the world of dragons and tell new stories each week inspired by our characters from the film."
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