Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia (often known simply as Trollhunters) is an American computer-animated fantasy television series created for Netflix by Guillermo del Toro and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Double Dare You Productions. It follows the story of young James Lake Jr., a teenage boy who finds a mysterious amulet and stumbles across a secret realm inhabited by trolls and other magical creatures. Soon, he and his friends are charged with protecting our world from the dangerous monsters that lurk in the shadows of his small suburban town.
After finding a mysterious amulet, a teen and his friends pursue an unlikely destiny and set out to save two worlds.
Why It's a Source of Great Magic
- While it's not the first time the plot of teenagers transforming and battling evil forces was used, it's undoubtedly one of the best examples. As unlike some other shows that use the formula, it doesn't stick to an strict episodic formula for most of the episodes of focus on filler before getting into it's bigger storyline at the end of the season. As instead, it builds it's story through every single episode, with each one introducing something new to the storyline, with it either being incredibly significant or rather minor. As a result, none of the episodes are pure filler, and each one continues to expand upon and build the show's overall story further and further.
- The show was created, directed and came from the mind of Guillermo Del Toro, the Crimson Peak, Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy and The Shape of Water guy.
- The composition is amazing, everything is distinct and understandable.
- The show excels at world building, going in distinct details about the mythological lore of trolls and other supernatural creatures.
- The villains are a great watch, from the mysterious Strickler, the brutish Bular, the cunning Angor Rot, the threatening Gunmar, and the menacing Morgana.
- Both protagonists and antagonists suffer permanent, on screen deaths (and disfigurement). This gives the show a little more emotional range than ones where you the viewer know that everyone involved will somehow live to fight another day (or at least the protagonists).
- The show has a good sense of justice - For example, rather than "tell an adult" about a bully, a potential victim hits the bully in the face and knocks his front tooth out. Proving that the show doesn't hesitate to challenge it's audience with more mature themes than most other shows aimed at this show's primary demographic.
- The characters are all likable, memorable, and well-developed.
- James "Jim" Lake Jr. the first human Trollhunter and a reluctant hero dealing with the pressures of leading a double life. He has a talent for cooking and eventually sword-fighting, and cares deeply for his mother and friends.
- Blinkous "Blinky" Galadrigal, Jim's six-eyed four-armed troll mentor. A wise and scholarly troll with a heart of gold, he serves as the brains of the Trollhunters and eventually becomes a sort of father figure to Jim.
- Tobias "Toby" Domzalski, Jim's best friend and confidant. Dorky and excitable, he fully embraces the secret world of trolls and aids Jim in his quests. His weapon of choice is a warhammer.
- Claire Maria Nuñez, Jim's girlfriend. She is a feisty, kind, jolly, sarcastic, curious, and intelligent tomboy who enjoys books and is a talented martial artist and gymnast. She obtains the Shadow Staff (Skathe-Hrün), a staff capable of creating portals activated by the user's emotions.
- It's not especially episodic and focuses on story arcs. This is becoming more common, but it's still a nice break from villain of the week (or in this case episode, since Netflix released them all at once). But as previously mentioned (in
- The show has an amazing ensemble cast, managing to get Kelsey Grammer (as Blinky), Ron Perlman (Bular), Johnathan Hyde (as Walter), Tom Hiddleston (as Kanjigar the Courageous for the first episode) to do some roles.
- Along with the show itself being amazing, it also spawned several other sequel TV shows (as well as a movie) that were just as good. Including 3Below: Tales of Arcadia, Wizards: Tales of Arcadia and Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans.
- The animation ranges from decent to great, the highlight being the colors and the detail in the skin of all trolls.
- The iconic soundtrack "None Shall Live", is well-fitted.
- the Spin off shows ,3Below and Wizards are just as great .
- The show's opening is kind of forgettable, which mainly consists of characters running.
- The movie ended the entire franchise on a big cliffhanger .
- The animation , while good , does get downgraded at times, not always.
- The show loves to reuse character models for background characters at every opportunity.
- Jim's second voice actor, Emile Hirsh, can e distracting while playing the role, though it does provide a subtle in-universe reason for the change due to the Grave Sand.
- After it's cancellation , the show recieved two spin offs , 3Below, which premired 7 months after it's release , and Wizards, which premired 1 year after the cancellation of 3Below.it was followed by a full length animated movie , Trollhunters:Rise of the Titans .
- Anton Yelchin, the voice of Jim Lake Jr., died in a car accident in 2016.
- but still continued to be part of the series in the second season and a little bit of season 3, as he had recorded enough dialogue before his death.