Dragons: Rescue Riders Characters: Before and After (Storyboard to Animation)


In a world of dragons and humans, an adventure awaits everyone! Let’s head straight to the before and after comparison of these Dragons: Rescue Riders characters from the storyboard to animation!


Leyla

Image Source: How To Train Your Dragon Wiki & Dragons: Rescue Riders – Storyboards @ Dreamworks Television

From the Fandom Wiki, How to Train Your Dragon Wiki, this storyboard content gave us a lot of fun to look over. Our first character for this comparison is Leyla, who is one of the main protagonists. As you can see, she barely changed from her original storyboard version to the animated one. One of the main changes seen here is the colors of her outfit, of course, and we think they are well designed.


Dak

Image Source: How To Train Your Dragon Wiki & Dragons: Rescue Riders – Storyboards @ Dreamworks Television

Leyla’s twin, Dak, works alongside the rest of the rescue riders. A glimpse of Dak and Leyla appeared in one of the scenes in the early version of the storyboard. They are seen in front of an unhatched egg with their eyes full of amazement. His left eyebrow didn’t have a cut yet at that time, unlike on his animated version. Another difference is Dak’s spiked left shoulder armor, which became a plain sleeve after.


Marena

Image Source: How To Train Your Dragon Wiki & Dragons: Rescue Riders – Storyboards @ Dreamworks Television

For Marena’s development, she appeared as a fierce woman with robust features on the original storyboard. Marena’s hair was kind of in a messy state in the storyboard, while the final one had it sectioned in the middle. Her eyepatch stayed the same, and her clothes became a purple shade on the animated version. There seems to be an addition to the look because of her ear piercings, but no one is against it. She must have youthful energy, right?


Waldondo del Mundo

Image Source: How To Train Your Dragon Wiki & Dragons: Rescue Riders – Storyboards @ Dreamworks Television

Here is Waldondo, an old friend of Marena. A user of a wooden staff, which is both a weapon and tool for him. Rather than his hair styled on his left side, it got finalized on his right side instead. Another thing about Waldondo’s hair, it looks like it was longer on the original storyboard, but the animated version appears shorter. Do you think we missed anything other than this character’s hair?


Burple

Image Source: How To Train Your Dragon Wiki & Dragons: Rescue Riders – Storyboards @ Dreamworks Television

The first dragon mentioned in this comparison, we have Burple. It’s noticeable enough that his lower teeth appear to be more prominent on his early version of the storyboard. Other than his body being plump, there’s no difference to spot. But for his animated version, it’s a wild guess to have his name similar to purple. It would be like purple for burple!


Summer

Image Source: How To Train Your Dragon Wiki & Dragons: Rescue Riders – Storyboards @ Dreamworks Television

Summer, one of the dragons in the rescue riders, is also known as Leyla’s dragon. The spikes on her head appear rounder on her storyboard version, while it became defined and pointy on her animated look. Other than her head, did you spot any difference between her before and after appearance?


Cutter

Image Source: How To Train Your Dragon Wiki & Dragons: Rescue Riders – Storyboards @ Dreamworks Television

With the number of spikes on this dragon’s head, it would make sense for his name to be Cutter. It appears that his storyboard version has a few more spikes, comparing it to his final look. His spots are also evident, only appearing a shade darker than his dark brown color. Cutter’s name is also applicable to his personality because he cuts his way through training!

Most of the characters we mentioned look almost the same as their storyboard versions. Do you see any changes of the Dragons: Rescue Riders characters from the storyboard that we haven’t?


References: 

https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Dragons:_Rescue_Riders

https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Category:Dragons:_Rescue_Riders_Characters

https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Gallery:_Dragons:_Rescue_Riders_/_Storyboard

http://www.timshankweiler.com/Dragons-Rescue-Riders-Storyboards-Dreamworks-Television 

https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Iced_Out

https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/The_Nest

https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Boo_to_You

https://howtotrainyourdragon.fandom.com/wiki/Dragons:_Rescue_Riders:_Huttsgalor_Holiday

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