Cartoon Network bags global rights to ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ TV show

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Cartoon Network has announced that DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon TV’ show will be coming to the network globally from 2012.

The film on which the show is based grossed $493.2 million at the worldwide box office and has been released on DVD and Blu-ray on 15 October.

Turner’s Animation, Young Adults and Kids Business president, COO Stuart Snyder says, “Great characters and captivating story telling along with state of the art animation is what we love giving our audience. 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.”

DreamWorks Animation COO Ann Daly adds, “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. 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.”

The show deals with Hiccup who is a young Viking who defies tradition when he befriends one of his deadliest foes — a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless. Together, the unlikely heroes must fight against all odds to save both of their worlds.

In the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ television series on Cartoon
Network, the characters and worlds originally created for the big screen will be explored and further developed in a number of ways that will be revealed over time. TV audiences will be taken on original, new adventures with Hiccup and Toothless every week.

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