from an interview with the creators (not jeff goode, who created the initial concept, but matt negrete and eddie guzelian):
- If you’ve read some of the earlier posts about American Dragon getting greenlit, you know that Matt and I had very little time to develop or even think very much about the show before it was thrust onto a very tight and unforgiving production schedule.
- When American Dragon was green-lit for season two, the show was focus tested for a second time (for info on the first time, see Eddie’s first post). The Channel picked out a handful of episodes to show kids — in Denver, I think — in hopes of getting their honest opinion of what they saw. Most of what the kids thought about American Dragon didn’t surprise us. They generally liked the show, but felt that the comedy could be funnier, and that the action scenes should be more suspenseful. We couldn’t have agreed more. And yes, some felt Jake’s slang and bravado was a bit much. Again, agreed. But a couple of things surprised us: Some younger kids thought that Rose seemed a lot older than Jake. (One kid, after seeing “Act 4, Scene 15,” thought Rose was Jake’s babysitter – yikes!) Because of this perceived age difference, some were creeped out by the Jake/Rose relationship. Also surprising – kids didn’t like the Huntsman. And not because he was a villain. They didn’t understand who he was, where he came from, or what his goals were.
So Eddie and I decided there were two things we wanted to do for Season Two – age up our main characters (to make them look the same age as Rose) and give the Huntsman one clear goal. That goal would be to destroy all magical creatures, and he would use the Aztec Crystal Skulls to do it. Ah, the villainy!
From Jeff Goode (his answer is pretty bullshitty but he wasnt really involved with it):
- The art of American Dragon has been in a state of continuous development since the very beginning.
However, the unusually long scheduling gap between the final episode of the first season and the beginning of the second season has forced the Disney Channel to repeatedly re-air the same few episodes (from the end of Season One) over and over for nearly a year now.
Long time viewers who have become accustomed to the “look” of that small handful of episodes from the end of last season may be surprised to finally see new changes going into the second season.
But once you get used to seeing new episodes again, I think you’ll find the stories in the new season every bit as exciting as when you fell in love with the show in the first place. And you’ll agree that the that the ongoing evolution of Jake’s character and artwork remains true to the philosophy of the show…That Dragons change over time.
i mean their mom chalked haley’s development up to “girls development faster than boys” which seems pretty legitimate to me, to be honest, but i think the realization that there was this potential mystical side to her would’ve made littler!haley want to work hard to access it!
especially since, no matter what age they were, haley would not be comfortable with jake having such amazing powers while she had none hahahaha.
i mean we did basically see why chang and grandpa stopped being friends! hahaha! i do kind of wish the creators were able to make chang jake’s grandma - i read in an interview that they wanted to but it didn’t fit with the timeline - i mean, man, they could’ve made it work somehow :\ it would’ve been interesting! or, if not that, it would’ve been nice to find out who jake’s grandma is!
also, would’ve liked to meet jake’s dad’s side of the family. learn a lil about them maybe :)
i just would’ve liked to know the history of the huntsclan!! and more about certain baddies - like, why was the dark dragon so bent on human destruction? i know the gist of it, but something must’ve happened to him, yknow? and does he have a human form? what does he look like?
and then it would’ve been nice to see rose hanging with the gang more. especially trixie! girl friendships are soooo underrated haha!
since jake didn’t have a birthday in any episode, i think that’s just a popular headcanon? unless there’s some interview with the creators that i don’t remember.
otherwise, it’s up to whatever you want it to be!