Dragons: Rescue Riders

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Cute adventure series brings dragon magic to younger crowd.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Kids see the human and dragon characters help others in big and small ways, from daring rescues to performing small tasks around the village. Strong messages about teamwork and appreciating the differences that make each person (or creature) unique. Often stories show one or more of the characters learning an important lesson about being patient or taking more care in planning, for instance. The show includes both fair- and dark-skinned characters among the Vikings.


Positive Role Models & Representations

Dak and Leyla are always eager to help others, even when doing so is difficult and a little bit dangerous. The Vikings welcome the newcomers with open arms, adopting them as some of their own. Resident villain Magnus is motivated by greed and works hard to upend the rescuers' altruism.


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Sexy Stuff

While there's no direct mention of the relationship, this show is part of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise and is visually reminiscent of the movies and TV shows.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dragons: Rescue Riders is a Netflix series that's part of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise and is geared toward young kids. There's still some action and very mild peril that necessitates the human and dragon rescuers to do their thing, but the content is not scary, and the dragons are friendly and kind right from the start. The stories involve recurring themes about cooperation, helpfulness, and community, and the main characters -- two orphaned siblings -- learn the value of feeling at home among other people. Expect some scheming and plotting by the town's resident baddie (who's more comical than he is actually evil), but always heartwarming messages about extending kindness and working together.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnniegetsitright October 13, 2019

Entertaining for the whole family!

Very pleased with this new show from Dreamworks. Our entire family of 7 sat down to see what it was about. Everyone including the hubs who doesn’t like family t... Continue reading
Parent of a 3-year-old Written byRob G. January 4, 2020

Dragons instead of puppies, in a good way

This is an excellent show from dreamworks on Netflix that goes head to head with paw patrol in terms of its general design and premise, however the lack of tech... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byTobia303 April 15, 2021

Terrible show

HTTTYD Rescue Riders was very disappointing. The character models are as if they didn't even try to make good models. And the names for the dragons in the... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byLovek9 January 28, 2021

Why I don't like this

I don't like the animation/drawing style
Dragons shouldn't be able to talk
It's not very entertaining
The dragons are odd colors (more odd than... Continue reading

What's the story?

DRAGONS: RESCUE RIDERS introduces orphan twins Dak (voiced by Nicolas Cantu) and Leyla (Brennley Brown), who were adopted and raised by dragons as babies and so can talk with and understand the creatures. Now older and on their own, the siblings team up with their dragon friends -- Burple (Noah Kaye Bentley), Winger (Zach Callison), Summer (Skai Jackson), and Cutter (Andre Robinson) -- to rescue other dragons in need. But when a fateful rescue earns them a new friend in Chief Duggard (Carlos Alazraqui), he invites the group back to his home village of Huttsgalor, where the townsfolk urge them to stay, giving Dak and Leyla the home they've long wanted.

Is it any good?

This sweet series brings a tamer, less intimidating dragon cast and action to a younger crowd than was ready for some of what the How to Train Your Dragon franchise offered previously. These dragons are altogether adorable and friendly and their persistent helpfulness endears them to everyone who gets to know them. Likewise there's very little friction among the people characters in the show, with stories focusing more on accidental trouble and subsequent rescues than on anything truly nefarious.

One factor that can be distracting to Dragons: Rescue Riders' otherwise smooth presentation is the matter of talking dragons whom only Dak and Leyla can understand. In scenes with additional characters around, it may be a bit confusing for young kids to hear the dragons speak for themselves and then be interpreted for the sake of the non-dragon-speaking people around. Overall the series does well to keep these instances to a minimum, but kids may wonder why it's happening some times and not others.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Dak, Leyla, and their dragon friends go from being misfits to truly belonging in Huttsgalor. How do they work to make the transition a good one? What steps do the townsfolk take to help? Kids: When have you been a newcomer? Who helped you adjust?

  • In what ways does Dragons: Rescue Riders encourage you to think outside the box about what defines a family? Who would Dak and Leyla count among their family members even though they aren't biologically related?

  • What examples of teamwork and cooperation stand out in the characters' actions? In what ways is Dak a good role model? Leyla? How do they learn to take influence from others around them and use it in positive ways?

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