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Rescue Riders: Dragons Netflix Series Scheduled for 2019



After six incredible seasons, Race to the Edge is finally over! And before that, we had the equally amazing Riders of Berk and Defenders of Berk on Cartoon Network. Yet, the question remains: what amazing new Dragon material will DreamWorks share with us next? How long will we have to wait?

The wait may be over! We're excited to share with you the name and some very early details of a new series with the title DreamWorks Dragons: Rescue Riders!

Rescue Riders is not just a new season, but a completely new potentially multi-season Netflix series. The new series has been in production since 2017 or earlier, and as of May 2017, has been scheduled for release on Netflix in 2019.

Of course, this is an unofficial announcement with no word from DreamWorks yet. This means that details and dates may change. It's unclear whether Rescue Riders is intended to be released before or after Dragon 3. And it's equally unclear whether the events in the series will take place after Race to the Edge, Dragon 2, or even Dragon 3!

But here's something we do know: there may be merch! We also know some of the Race to the Edge team will be returning, such as the Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Jack Thomas!

One last note: DreamWorks has not announced this yet. Everything we know about Rescue Riders has been cobbled together from a variety of sources online, not from DreamWorks. This means that people working at DreamWorks likely can't say anything yet. Please be kind and don't bombard DreamWorks people online with questions about a series they can't discuss — you will learn nothing!

Trader or Traitor? Ask Johann's Voice Actor Yourself!



We expected character development in the television series, but no one expected so much from Trader Johann. At the start of the series, few people knew of the young, low-level trader named Johann. Yet, by the final season, Trader Johann nearly conquered Berk and with it entire archipelago alongside it and was the villainous force that drove the story toward How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Certainly, you must have questions about the mysterious trader. Who wouldn't? And now, you have the opportunity to ask Johann voice actor and expert, Michael Goldstrom! Along with his wide range of voice and screen work, Michael Goldstrom has been the voice of Trader Johann for the last six years — ever since his original appearance in Riders of Berk in 2012!

Submit your questions on Dragon Academy Dropouts

by Wednesday, February 21 at 12 p.m. EST


We're looking forward to hearing your questions for Michael Goldstrom about his role as Trader Johann and what it's like to be a voice actor in the DreamWorks Dragons television show!

Race to the Edge Valentine's Day Livestream



Race to the Edge is coming out on Friday on Netflix, but it sounds like DreamWorks has something extra planned for us tomorrow, on Valentine's Day:

Dragon riders! Tune in to Facebook Live this Wednesday at 4:30 PM PT as we celebrate Valentine's Day and the all new season of Dragons: Race to the Edge coming to Netflix this Friday! Select fans will have the chance to receive a custom Valentine's Day card created by our special guests! See you there!

That's 7:30 PM Eastern time or 12:30 AM UTC:

Race to the Edge Valentine's Livestream


Will we see the first episode of the new season? Will Jay Baruchel and America Ferrera show up in a live motion capture scene as Hiccup and Astrid to give away dragon swag? We'll find out tomorrow!

Here's a direct link to the stream!

Race to the Edge: Season 6



It's finally arrived! Here is the trailer for Race to the Edge, Season 6, which will be released on Netflix next Friday, February 16. Along with it, a description of the upcoming episodes:

Valuable lessons are learned among the dragon riders all while they work together to finally unearth the true leader of the Dragon Flyers, discover an unlikely ally, and struggle to fight when the fate of all dragon-kind is put at risk. Hiccup, Toothless, and the rest of the riders embark on the most daring journey yet in an all new season of Dragons: Race to the Edge comes Netflix February 16!

What do you think will happen in the next season?

Secret Odin 2018: Dragon-Themed Gift Exchange



Secret Odin is an online secret Santa for fans of How to Train Your Dragon! Hundreds of dragon fans have signed up to exchange gifts in Secret Odins over the last six years. Whether you're the Secretest of Odins or this is your first time participating, we'd love if you joined us. Here's how it works:

Until February 9: Sign Up Here

You can sign up for Secret Odin using this form. Here, you can enter in your name, usernames, and preferences for giving and receiving gifts. Your preferences and the communities you belong to will be used to pair you with other fans who share your interests in gifts and characters.

February 10-12: Receive Your Pairing

During the February 10 weekend, you will receive an assignment to another dragon fan using the email address you signed up with. Now you have until February 20 to make a gift for them!

February 28: Gift Exchange!

On February 28, everyone sends their gifts through Tumblr, Twitter, Berk's Grapevine, or whichever online community you have in common with the person you are matched with, and you will finally find out who your Secret Odin is and what gift they have made for you!

Note: The exchange day date has been moved forward from February 23 to February 28!

Questions? Check the Secret Odin FAQ page, follow the Secret Odin blog, or leave a comment!

Happy gift-giving!

Snotlout Snotlout, Oi, Oi, Oi: Talking with Zack Pearlman



The last season of Race to the Edge brought fun new moments and character development for each of the riders, but perhaps none as many as for Snotlout. To get an insider glimpse into the mind of Snotlout (a.k.a., the Snotmind), we talked with Zack Pearlman, Snotlout's voice actor in Race to the Edge, and shared with him some of your questions:

This season, and across the show, there have been a lot of hilarious moments for Snotlout. What is your personal favorite Snotlout moment, either this season or across the show?

When Fishlegs turns into Thor Bonecrusher. That, to me, is the best, because you get to watch Snotlout be a fanboy. It's such a flip for Snotlout to be impressed by someone and not have to fake it. For me, those are the best moments. You get to see a part of Snotlout where he's like a little kid who's so impressed by another person.

How about you? What's your favorite?

I love the Thor Bonecrusher moments, and I think in this season Snotlout has a lot of fun moments with Dagur. What was that like? How did the relationship with Dagur show us a different side of Snotlout?

Snotlout is usually the toughest and meanest, so any time he's put in his place or scared, that's the best. You get to see this other side of Snotlout. Any time he fumbles and someone picks it up, he immediately feels like an idiot. You get to see the bully be bullied, and that's always fun, and I love that.

A lot of characters from day one on the Edge have changed a lot. In some ways, Snotlout hasn't. But in other ways, he has. In what ways do you think Snotlout has changed the most?

I would say, especially in this season, he gets bullied. That's new for him. He's starting to become the butt of jokes. And he doesn't know how to deal with it, really. I love to see that change in Snotlout where he doesn't have an answer for everything immediately. I love to see his sympathetic side and his more empathetic side.

As these characters are growing up, they start to understand that life isn't the fun game that is was, and there are real consequences for your actions. Snotlout is a guy who holds himself at such a high rank. Any time he gets knocked down, you get to peel back a layer and see a more real human rather than the kind of god he portrays himself to be.

Do you think that, as the show progresses, we deal with more tricky situations and challenging problems that start to push at the riders? How is Snotlout most pushed by these challenges?

Snotlout has to understand that he can't just do stuff alone. He really needs to rely on the other riders to succeed. I also think there's a lot of trust-breaking in this season. Relationships change really quickly, especially in this season. So it's a moment of understanding that humans can lie, and humans can be deceitful. Snotlout, as much as he's kind of a mean guy, he usually wants what's best — he wants the credit for it — but he wants what's best for the group. And so, for him to start to face things that aren't necessarily best for the group, or things he can't handle on his own, you start to see a more real side of this person.

Are there parts of Snotlout that you see in yourself? And what parts do you not?

I am not a bully, I don't have any bullying bones in my body. I do see a little bit of the Snotlout in me that victimizes himself when he doesn't need to. I see the part of Snotlout that is a little bit louder than he needs to be. And I also see the empathetic side of him, when he recognizes he doesn't need to be the loudest or the most in-front or present. You also get to see that side a lot in that season.

When you're trying to bring a character to life as a voice actor, what is the most challenging part — either in general or specifically to Snotlout?

I will say this. It's been so long that I've gotten to be with Snotlout that it takes just one line for me to jump back in. Which is scary, to say the least!

There's a famous story about Mel Blanc. He was Bugs Bunny, and pretty much all of those Warner Brothers characters. He went into a coma and they didn't know how to get him out. So his son and a doctor acted like they were in a recording session, and were like, "Is Bugs Bunny there?" And while he was in the coma, he would just start speaking as Bugs Bunny, and eventually, he woke up!

I feel like if I were ever in a coma, all someone would need to do is go, "Snoutlout!" and I would start talking like him!

Snotlout, Snotlout, oi, oi, oi!

Exactly! A little bit of Snotlout could save my life!

What is the strangest or most fun moment you had recording Snotlout?

I think this was maybe two seasons ago. When Snotlout had to be drunk, and woozy, and completely out of character. That, to me, was one of the most fun times. There was also an episode where his tongue gets puffed up.

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That was also a great time. Any time where he does a full 180 in terms of characters is, for me, the best. Because we get to explore a side of him that I don't necessarily get to jump into. It's like the writers and I are meeting this part of Snotlout for the first time, so a lot of it ends up being organic or improvised.

Did you have a chance to have a record with other actors?

It's so rare to be able to record with other people because everyone's bouncing around. But I've gotten to record with TJ Miller (Tuffnut) and Andree Vermeulen (Ruffnut) and both are incredible improvisers and so fun to bounce off of. Tuffnut and Ruffnut especially, when I get to watch them record together, it's pretty insane.

You've voiced Snotlout for a long time and seen these characters grow up between Riders and Defenders and Race to the Edge. Is there a difference in how you think of Snotlout in these two different parts of the series?

I think with Snotlout, he can't be the biggest guy anymore. He can't be the toughest and meanest because everyone else is growing up too. And everyone is coming into their own and has their own abilities and special skills, especially that we've been riding dragons for so long, that he can be still boisterous, but he gets put in his place and recognizes that he can't just be the bully kid that he used to be able to.

Also, everyone knows about him and his dad, and his brothers, and how he's the lowest on that totem pole, which explains all the bullying this season. It's been cool to be part of the character growth where I can't just be a freewheeling kid anymore. He has responsibilities now, and you definitely get to play into that.

What do you think of the relationship between Snotlout and Gustav?

Gustav! What's funny is it started as a mentorship, then quickly became Gustav might have been better than Snotlout. And then you get to see almost a rivalry and get to see Snotlout realize how he was when he was a kid, and how mean he was. So it's self-reflective, if anything. He gets to look at a mirror five years in the past.

Going back to voice acting, there are a lot of people here interested in animation or the voice acting side of the TV series. Do you have advice for people interested in voice acting on a show like this?

You need to start to actively put it out there that it's what you want to do. The only way to work toward anything is to be proactive in your own life. Whether that means constantly posting on — what's that site called, DeviantArt? I don't know what that site is. Or just finding people in your community.

For voice acting, the biggest thing you can do is watch as many cartoons as you can. I'm a kid who grew up on cartoons. I was watching Ren & Stimpy when I was way too young to watch Ren & Stimpy. And Rocko's! And I would imitate those voices. When I got a chance to audition, I realized pretty quickly that this opportunity had less to do with me, and more to do with the character.

I would say maybe that's my advice. Recognize that any opportunity you get, you're trying to be a character. You're trying to project yourself as that character. And if someone doesn't want it, that doesn't mean you did a bad job or you failed, it just means that wasn't what they were looking for.

So keep working! And keep trying! Because this business is hard and weird. And there are no promises. For me, this was my first voice audition.

Wow, really?

Yeah! Which has been an incredible journey. Since my first voice audition, I've gotten to be the same guy for six years! Which is pretty nuts! You know, this is the anomaly. This is a crazy thing that doesn't happen to everyone. So recognize the process, and as long as you keep working — even if you're doing voices and sending them out to YouTube animators who need help — be involved in the community you want, as you can.

Here's something we're all curious about: What exactly did Snotlout say to Astrid this season in "Snotlout's Angels"?

Oh boy, my guess would be something about Hiccup's leg. I would say it had less to do with her, and more to do with who she likes. I think she can take any amount of BS from Snotlout, but I think he really knows how to push her buttons — and that's with Hiccup!

Thanks a lot for talking with us! We're huge fans of the show, and of Snotlout! And we can't wait to see what will happen in the next season!

Yeah, it's going to be crazy! Thanks for watching, and…

Snotlout, Snotlout, oi, oi, oi!

Thanks again to Zack Pearlman for talking about about his experiences on the show, showing us the mind behind the dragon rider, and giving Berk's Grapevine the honor of receiving an oi, oi, oi!

Berkathon 5.0: Race to the Edge, Season 5



The fifth season of Race to the Edge will be released this Friday at 12 a.m. PT. Want to watch all 13 episodes back-to-back? Want to chat with other sleep-deprived dragon fans while you do so? If so, join the Berk's Grapevine dragon chat, Toothl.es!

If you were at Berkathon 1.0, 2.0, or 3.0, you know what approximately 5 hours of dragon episodes feels like. The episode names and times will be updated when the episodes are released, but the schedule is designed so that you shouldn't have to do anything: except for pausing for breaks, just sit back and let Netflix autoplay keep you on track.

Titleh:mm:ss
— 5 Minute Break After Release —
53. Living on the Edge~22:30
54. Sandbusted~22:30
55. Something Rotten on Berserker Island~22:30
56. Snotlout's Angels~22:30
— 10 Minute Break —
57. A Matter of Perspective~22:30
58. Return of Thor Bonecrusher~22:30
59. Dawn of Destruction ~22:30
60. The Wings of War, Part 1~22:30
61. The Wings of War, Part 2~22:30
— 10 Minute Break —
62. No Dragon Left Behind~22:30
63. Snuffnut~22:30
64. Searching for Oswald ... and Chicken~22:30
65. Sins of the Past~22:30
~5:17:30

You're welcome to join Toothl.es at any point during the 5 hour period, whether you decide to stay awake the whole time or jump in during the middle. Just ask in the chat for the episode we're watching and the time so you can sync up.