Director Guillermo del Toro is well known for his vibrant visuals, dark fantasy stories, and even a few blockbuster spectacles. He’s gone from a comic book movie like Hellboy to the Oscar-winning fantasy of Pan’s Labyrinth. And now, his upcoming series Trollhunters has del Toro once again returning to the realm of animation.
As demonstrated by the animated films on which he’s served as a producer, like Puss in Boots, Rise of the Guardians, and The Book of Life, del Toro has as much of a knack for kid’s fare as he does more adult-oriented stories. And that will be further demonstrated by his taking on scripting duties with this Netflix original series. So far, the trailer, still images, and poster have definitely leaned into the fantasy element of the show, teasing three young protagonists in an adventure between two worlds.
Now, ahead of its premiere later this month, Netflix has made available a new Trollhunters featurette. The video has wealth of new footage, as well as some interviews with del Toro and voice cast members Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, Steven Yeun, and Charlie Saxton.
If you are unfamiliar with Trollhunters, the series is based off del Toro’s own Young Adult novel of the same name. It tells the story of ordinary teenager Jim Lake Jr., who stumbles upon a mystical amulet one morning on his way to school. Upon further examination, he discovers a hidden civilization of trolls living under his town of Arcadia. Despite being unprepared, Jim takes on the role of a Trollhunter, who is sworn by oath to protect all of the good trolls from their enemies. Accompanied by a few of his human friends and a handful of trolls, Jim dives deep into a world filled with odd creatures. In short, it’s everything fans have come to expect from Guillermo del Toro.
Netflix recently increased its production of original content including movies, comedy specials, and obviously many television shows. As evidenced by Trollhunters, one area the streaming service has chosen to expand further is children’s entertainment. As a followup to the service’s well-received Voltron series, Trollhunters has a lot riding on it, but given that it has del Toro’s name should help ease those concerns somewhat. At any rate, hopefully the animated series will turn out to be a topnotch fantasy-adventure from someone who knows a thing or two about creating those kinds of stories.
Trollhunters will be available on Netflix on December 23, 2016.