The new, modern How to Train Your Dragon had to figure out cell phones

In the brand-new How to Train Your Dragon program, the human characters aren’t experienced viking warriors, however modern-day teens. And yes, that indicates they utilize mobile phones and computer systems and have access to the web. Showrunner John Tellegen states that in fact among the greatest obstacles with the contemporary setting was stabilizing the marvels of innovation with the majesty of dragons showed to be a little a difficulty.

“As much as modern day kids are on their devices quite a bit, we didn’t want to lose what makes dragons feel so grounded by putting too much tech into it,” he informs Polygon. “My instinct was always to lean away from the tech.”

Dragons: The 9 Worlds occurs 1,300 years after completion of the initial series. (“Even though the show takes place 1,300 years in the future,” includes Tellegen, “it doesn’t mean that we’re not going to find some surprises from the past.”) After a crack in the Earth’s crust opens, uneasy teen Tom and his mommy travel to the fault’s proving ground. Curious about all the possible discoveries, Tom mistakenly comes across the Hidden World, the underground cavern where the dragons pulled back after completion of the film trilogy. He befriends a curious black-and-white dragon, and ultimately presents his brand-new buddies to them too. The modern-day setting doesn’t simply enable the characters to utilize drones, mobile phones, and computer systems; it likewise presents brand-new styles — ones that might be more relatable.

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“One of the benefits of moving into the modern times is it allows us to play on themes that are more current, like climate change and animal rights. Things that are important to our modern day audience that the Vikings might not have cared so much about,” states Tellegen. “But our modern day kids do.”

Unlike the characters in the initial film and program, the contemporary kids in Dragons: The 9 Worlds are a more varied lot. It’s certainly more of an ensemble program than anything in the originals, which were eventually concentrated on Misstep and Toothless. And now, there is a various kid and a various dragon — with various cool powers — to match. For example, shy computer system hacker Alex gets paired with a dragon who can turn unnoticeable, while courageous Tom winds up bonding with Toothless’ descendant who can shoot lightning bolts.

As Tellegen states, while the dragons and kids developed together, the focus was constantly on developing a large and varied lineup of human characters, who all shared one extremely particular thing.

“They were all kids who hadn’t necessarily had a place to call home. D’Angelo is an Army brat, who traveled around with his family and Tom and his mother had been adventuring around the globe,” discusses Tellegen. “The idea of bringing all of these characters from different walks of life together and having them find a family and find home at this place was a big part of the development of the human characters.”

Dragons: The 9 Worlds is streaming on Peacock and Hulu now.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.