Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Short, silly, and mostly sweet romp for series fans.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 26 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

Some healthy competition is good, but you should always play fair.

Positive Role Models & Representations

More about having fun than providing role models. There's some lying and cheating, but the cheaters are found out and lose their winning title.

Violence & Scariness

Vikings beat each other up out of boredom; Astrid breaks her arm; lots of slapstick fighting and accidents; a mildly suspenseful scene of characters playing chicken while racing the dragons.

Sexy Stuff

A character tells a sheep "No means no" when the sheep won't leave him alone.


Some mild insults and name-calling, plus some gross-out humor (Team Snotnuts and other jokes involving snot).


Released to promote the DVD of How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

 In the dining hall characters drink from large mugs that may contain beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers is a short film about the invention of dragon racing that takes place in between How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Kids who haven't seen the movies, other short films, or TV show in the series may be a little confused about who's who, but they should still be able to enjoy the action. There's quite a bit of cartoon violence, some mild name-calling and gross-out humor, and some moderately suspenseful scenes that may be a bit scary for very young kids. But with a positive message about playing fair and trying new things, this short and silly flick is a fun pick for grade-schoolers and up.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byHTTY DRAGONs April 5, 2018
Teen, 15 years old Written byBen29oak July 22, 2016

Best DreamWorks Short

Loved it. We get to see how Dragon Racing from the second movie was invented. If your kids loved the Dragon Racing scene from the second movie and if they never... Continue reading

What's the story?

As the kids from the dragon academy get ready for the dragon race, they reminisce about how the sport of dragon racing was invented. In flashbacks, they remember that Stoic (Nolan North) put Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) in charge of planning the annual Viking Regatta while he was away. But instead of focusing on getting things ready for the big race, Hiccup found himself dragged into a sheep-gathering competition with his friends. Soon everyone was caught up in the fun and the Regatta was forgotten -- that is, until Stoic returned. Will Stoic be mad? Or will he get caught up in the competitive spirit, too?

Is it any good?

DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS is a short and silly romp that should be entertaining for fans of How to Train Your Dragon as well as those new to the series. It's goofy, lighthearted, and fast-paced. Although the kids from the dragon academy are very competitive with each other and not all of them always play fair, they show that people with different personalities and strengths can be the best of friends. It's certainly not the best of the How to Train Your Dragon series, but it adds some nice backstory for die-hard fans who can't get enough of dragon racing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the kids at the dragon academy in the How to Train Your Dragon series. They're all very different. Why do you think they make such a good team?

  • Why do you think Tuffnut and Ruffnut cheated? Is it ever OK to cheat?

  • Which is your favorite movie in the How to Train Your Dragon series? Why?

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