Full disclosure: I was supposed to write this a couple of months ago. Life, man.
Anyway, we were very excited to receive a copy of
Dragons: Defenders of Berk Part 2
right before the big How To Train Your Dragon 2 release.
Because, as you may recall, Kiedis is a HUGE HTTYD fan. And now Tova's pretty into it, too. She keeps saying she's Astrid. Except because speech delays both kids keep putting a B before her name and ... well, I'll just let you figure that one out.
So this DVD is fantastic at picking up mid-season where Part 1 left off and continuing the stories of Hiccup, Astrid, Toothless, and all the other residents of Berk as they deal with invaders, dragon drama, and learn lessons about friendship, responsibility, and standing up for what you believe in all while tying up some loose ends before segueing into the big HTTYD2 release.
Which, of course, we also saw. At the drive in because it's cheaper, but I've heard great things about it being in IMAX 3D, so if that's still a possibility for you to check out, I'd suggest it. We just didn't think the kids would be able to quite deal with that just yet.
The whole Dragons of Berk TV series has been excellent to have in our Dragon-loving home. I feel like it's on par with the movies (in a TV show kind of way) and I've really enjoyed the lessons the show demonstrates.
And there's something about my kids running around during a thunderstorm joyously yelling about a Skrill coming (instead of being freaked out by the thunder) or watching them pretend to ride dragons (on the arms of the couch) that reassures me that even if it's fantasy, it's one they're actively engaging their imaginations in and learning from.
So if you have a How To Train Your Dragon fan in your home, I'd highly suggest you nab these DVDs when you can. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Many thanks to DreamWorks for facilitating this family's need for all things Hiccup and Toothless and Astrid and Stormfly!
I received a copy of this DVD gratis but all opinions within this review are my own. Also this post contains some affiliate links.