In anticipation of their 20th birthday celebration later this year, Cartoon Network is starting the party in San Diego this July at Comic-Con 2012. Their special guests will include panels for Regular Show, Adventure Time, Star Wars: Clone Wars and the animated series based on DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon titled, Dragons: Riders of Berk. For those of you who aren’t able to attend the con, Cartoon Network will also be hosting the “Big Fan Weekend” on July 14th and 15th where they will show first looks and sneak peeks at upcoming shows. There are plenty more shows where that came from, so be sure to hit the jump to check out who else will be gracing the halls of the San Diego Convention Center this July 12th through 15th.
DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon was one of my favorite films of 2010, and now the studio is set to unveil a television series based on the film called Dragons. The show has been in the works for a while now, but it’s finally set to air this fall on Cartoon Network and the first trailers for Dragons have gone online. The trailers are actually interspersed with a bit of footage from the movie, but the TV scenes are pretty evident when they pop up (ie. TV animation ≠ film animation). Executive producer Tim Johnson previously talked a bit about their direction for the show early last year:
“We’re actually going a little darker, a little more dramatic, much like the film. The goal was not to change it or lighten it for a TV series. The goal is to stay true to it in a TV series and that was actually fairly changing.”
The trailers don’t exactly look “dark,” but it’s nice to hear that they’re not completely switching up the genre for the TV iteration. How to Train Your Dragon 2 is still on the way, but we have to wait until June 2014 for its release. Until then, we’ve got the impending series to tide us over. Hit the jump to watch the trailers.
With the 2011 Licensing International Expo currently underway in Las Vegas, many promo posters have started hitting the net. Yesterday we posted the promo poster for The Avengers as well as the promo posters for The Amazing Spider-Man, Hotel Transylvania, and more. Continuing the barrage of advertising, we now have promo posters for The Hobbit, The Hunger Games, Battleship, The Three Stooges, The Lorax, 47 Ronin, The Croods, The Bourne Legacy, Rise of the Guardians, Stretch Armstrong, RIPD, Fast & Furious 6, and How to Train Your Dragon 2. It’s worth noting that the promo poster for Fast & Furious 6 says the film is due out in 2013, which isn’t too surprising. More intriguing is that the poster for How to Train Your Dragon 2 is simply titled “Dragons“.
Hit the jump to check out the promo posters and look out for more over the coming days.