Trollhunters

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Trollhunters
Trollhunters poster.jpg
Genre: Comedy
Science Fiction
Action
Adventure
Drama
Running Time: 22 Minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: December 23, 2016 – May 25, 2018
Network(s): Netflix
Created by: Guillermo del Toro
Distributed by: NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Starring: Anton Yelchin
Kelsey Grammer
Charlie Saxton
Lexi Medrano
Jonathan Hyde
Fred Tatasciore
Ron Perlman
Amy Landecker
Emile Hirsch
Seasons: 3
Episodes: 52


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.

Why It Rocks

  1. 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.
  2. The composition is amazing, everything is distinct and understandable.
  3. The show excels at world building, going in distinct details about the mythological lore of trolls and other supernatural creatures.
  4. The villains are a great watch, from the mysterious Strickler, the brutish Bular, the cunning Angor Rot, the threatening Gunmar, and the menacing Morgana.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. The show has an amazing ensemble cast, managing to get Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, Johnathan Hyde, Tom Hiddleston to do some roles.
  9. Spawned a good television franchise
  10. The animation ranges from decent to great, the highlight being the colours and the detail in the skin of all trolls.

Bad Qualities

  1. The show's opening is kind of forgettable, which mainly consists of characters running.
  2. The animation does get downgraded at times, not always.
  3. The show loves to reuse character models for background characters at every opportunity.
  4. 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.

Trivia

  • The series will get two new spin-offs in the form of 3Below and Wizards.
  • 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.