The Dragon Prince is a computer-animated web series set in a fantasy world of Xadia. Created by Aaron Ehasz and Justin Richmond for Netflix and produced by Wonderstorm with Bradel Entertainment animating the series. Aaron Ehasz served as the head writer for the Nickelodeon hit – Avatar The Last Air Bender. The first season premiered on September 18, 2018, and the second season on February 15, 2019. The third season released on November 22, 2019, and we are yet to get an official release date for the fourth season.
Each of the episodes has a runtime of roughly 26 minutes. The Dragon Prince has so many similarities with the Avatar – The Last Air Bender. One of the protagonists of the show is voiced by Jack DeSena who also voiced the character Sokka in the Last Air Bender. The show is also split into books with Season 1, 2 and 3 named Moon, Sky, and Fire.
In a magical land of Xadia, there are six primal sources of magic – The Moon, The Sun, The Sky, The Stars, The Earth, and The Ocean. Each creature in Xadia is born connected to one of the six primal sources except humans. Desperate to do magic, humans invent dark magic which in turn gets them banished from Xadia. This ignites a war between humans and Xadia with the Dragon King protecting the border.
But the humans killed the Dragon King and its only egg – The Dragon Prince. Two human princes discover that the egg is not destroyed and embark on a journey to Xadia with an elven assassin, Rayla who was sent to kill King Harrow, to bring peace to their warring nations.
The cast of The Dragon Prince:
Callam – Voiced by Jack Desena, who gave voice to Sokka in the Last Air Bender. He is 14 years old and is one of the princes of the human kingdom Katolis. He is the stepson of late King Harrow and son of late Queen Sarai. His birth father is unknown and presumed dead. Callam is the first human to do primal magic without any external help.
Ezran – Voiced by Sasha Rojen. He is 10 years old and is one of the princes of Katolis. Ezran is the son of late King Harrow and late Queen Sarai. He can understand and talk to animals.
Rayla – Voiced by Paula Burrows. She is a Moonshadow Elf and is 15 years old. Rayla is the youngest member of the former band of assassins sent to kill King Harrow and Prince Ezran.
Viren – Voiced by Jason Simpson. He is the Dark Mage of Katolis and is the main antagonist from the beginning.
Soren – Voiced by Jesse Inocalla. He is the 18-year-old son of Viren. A Crownguard to King Harrow and sent on a mission to kill the princes by Viren
Claudia – Voiced by Racquel Belmonte. A 16-year-old daughter of Viren and a practitioner of Dark Magic under the guidance of her father. She also joins Soren in his mission without knowing the truth.
Aaravos – Voiced by Erik Dellums. He is a Startouch Elf – a very rare kind of species. A mysterious figure trapped in a magic mirror and giving guidance to Viren to achieve his goal.
Bait – It is a Glow Toad and a pet of Prince Ezran. It is accompanied by the princes and Rayla on their journey to Xadia.
Azymondias (Zym) – He is THE Dragon Prince. Even though he is the titular character, he didn’t have much to do in the first three seasons.
The Dragon Prince – Review:
If you are looking for stories set in a medieval period and like Avatar The Last Air Bender, then The Dragon Prince is the right one for you. Set in a magical and fantasy world Xadia, there is no shortage of wonderful arts throughout the series. Season 1 of The Dragon Prince started amazingly as it builds bonds between the main protagonists on their journey. From then on, the show becomes much more interesting.
One of the best things about The Dragon Prince is its diversity in characters. Not only it includes racial diversity but it also has LGBT characters bringing the show to a whole new level. The show also includes characters that are relatable to the real-life scenarios especially Claudia and Soren (Without the magic and sword fighting, of course). Each main character has some relationship with other characters that are either good, troubled or complicated. But hey, so does everyone in the real world.
A Well Written Story:
Even though the show contains magical creatures like elves, dragons, and other adorable beings, the show relies on its story. Yes, the title says The “Dragon” Prince but the so-called prince doesn’t do anything in the first three seasons except being cute. It’s the characters that move the story forward with their complicated relationships and bonds to one another. This show appeals to a wide variety of audiences as it conveys different genres from medieval fantasy to romance comedy. The main two protagonists of the show, Callam and Rayla, develop a budding romance on their journey even though it was so predictable and obvious from the moment they met.
The only negative point I would like to point out is the animation. The lip movement didn’t sync that much but soon you will learn to ignore those mistakes when it comes to the story. The complex story of the show is enough to keep anyone engaged. As each season only has limited episodes, the character development is slow and not enough time to travel around the continent that much. Let’s see if we can catch a glimpse of Xadia in the coming seasons.
The Dragon Prince delivers the occasional comic moment and is unquestionably a family-friendly spectacle. The series is absolutely delightful to watch and you should definitely give it a chance.