I noticed my DVR was recording last night. Unsure of what I was recording, I checked it out, and to my delight, Riders of Berk had a one-hour premiere. And here I’d been wondering what to watch on a Sunday evening.
The show was basically two separate episodes, so I’m not sure if these will be repeated later this week, or if they were something extra. The first episode dealt with the unruliness of the dragons, eating all the crops and setting buildings on fire accidentally. The second explored blacksmith Gobber’s attempts to cope in a world where metal weapons were no longer needed to slay dragons.
Both episodes were cute and I found myself laughing out loud several times. Perhaps my favorite moment was Hiccup telling Toothless that, among other things, Gobber taught Hiccup what he needed to know to make Toothless’s tail. I was quite pleased how they highlighted the Hiccup/Toothless relationship. In fact, all the other teens have grown quite fond of their dragons.
I was curious about the voice talent. I was confident Gerard Butler wasn’t available (or too costly) for Stoic. But Hiccup, Astrid, Fishlegs and Tuffnut were voiced by their movie counterparts (Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and TJ Miller respectively). Notably absent were those who’ve hit the Big Time, Jonah Hill (Snotlout) and Kristen Wiig (Ruffnut). I was surprised Craig Ferguson wasn’t voicing Gobber, but he does have a full-time gig with his talk show.
But they did get some great “new” talent: Tim Conway plays a dim-witted, silly Viking, and Stephen Root voices Mildew, the village grump. And I see from IMDB that Mark Hamill is set to play Alvin. I hope Alvin remains the “poor-but-honest farmer” introduced in Cressida Cowell’s second book “How to Be a Pirate.” Oh, this should be fun!
(Disclaimer: Way too many actors mentioned in this post to tag them all. Sorry if I skipped one of your favorites!)