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‘Trollhunters’ Leads All Animated Series With 7 Daytime Emmy Nods

Trollhunters is hunting more than just trolls; it’s also hunting awards.

The Dreamworks series, created by Guillermo del Toro, picked up seven Daytime Emmy Award nominations this week, more than any other animated series. It earned nominations in key categories, including writing, directing, and overall animated program (special class). Kelsey Grammer also picked up a performer nomination for his work as the troll Blinky.

Dreamworks Animation Television picked up an additional four nominations for All Hail King Julien, three apiece for Dragons: Race to the Edge and The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, two for Dinotrux, and one each for The Adventures of Puss in Boots and Veggietales in the House.

Dreamworks’ 21 noms were the most for any animation studio, and made up 21 of Netflix’s 36 contenders. The second-most nominated animation program also belonged to Netflix: Jibjabs’s Ask the Storybots, which earned six nominations. We covered the production of the series extensively on Cartoon Brew last fall.


Other high-achieving animated programs: the Australian-Canadian animated series Beat Bugs which airs on Netflix in the U.S. (5 nominations), Amazon’s Lost in Oz: Extended Adventure (5 nominations), Amazon’s Christmas special The Snowy Day (5 nominations), Disney XD’s Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (4 nominations), and Amazon’s Tumble Leaf (4 nominations).

A full list of nominees can be downloaded at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences web site.

The Emmys have also announced six honorees for individual achievement in animation, a juried award that is determined by a panel of qualified animation industry judges.

The awards are presented to artists who work in the various craft areas of animatin production, such as character design, storyboard, art direction/production design, background design, layout and color, and character animation. Entrants submit their work from a single episode.

This year’s winners are:

  • Mike Chaffe, Animator – “Becoming, Part 1”
    Trollhunters, Netflix/Dreamworks Animation
  • Kevin Dart, Art Director – “The Wrath Of Hughes”
    The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, Netflix/Dreamworks Animation
  • Phil Jacobson, Storyboard Artist – “Mall Ya Later”
    Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Nickelodeon
  • Victor Maldonado, Character Designer – “Win, Lose Or Draal”
    Trollhunters, Netflix/Dreamworks Animation
  • Khang Le, Art Director – “What’s The Trouble Bubble”
    Little Big Awesome, Amazon
  • Eastwood Wong, Background Painter – “Pea Dummy/Mary Anning”
    The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show, Netflix/Dreamworks Animation

The 44th annual Daytime Emmy awards ceremony will be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Sunday, April 30th. The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards, where the individual achievement in animation awards are presented, will be held at the same location on Friday, April 28th.

  • Mermaid Warrior

    Dang, guess I’m gonna have to check it out.

  • :(


  • D.A.V.E.

    Trollhunters was a technical wonder, though nominating it for writing is kind of pushing it.

    Overall, I’m glad Dreamworks is doing strong work on television. Netflix has plenty of potential for the industry.

    • Mesterius

      I thought the writing was good except for the first half or so of “Part 2”, which was clearly designed to be SEASON 2 (it ‘s very obvious that episode 13 was written as the Season 1 finale). The weaknesses of those early Part 2 episodes made me wonder if Netflix suddenly expanded their Season 1 episode order from 13 to 26, forcing the crew to rush into production on episodes 14-26.

      • D.A.V.E.

        Most Netflix shows have 78 episodes orders right off the bat. This show had 52 episodes and according to Del Toro, every 13 episode is its own arc. So they bundled the first two seasons as a big one.

        This is the opposite of most other Dreamworks Netflix shows, which have 26 episode seasons, but are split off in half.

  • J

    Trollhunters was great, though comparing it to a lot of other TV series is difficult, since they had a ton of very high quality studios working on it. Most series only get one service studio and episodes are pushed through much faster.

    • disqus_WVMEsbT9sN

      I don’t see how being able to use multiple high quality studios would make the TV series irrelevant to be recognized as a whole. It seems they wanted to set a new bar in the quality of animated tv shows…So why not use the best studios to help make it?

      Makes sense to me.

      It’s unfortunate that most series only get one service studio and are pushed faster as you say. If that’s the case, then maybe the people in charge should take another look on how they’re making their series and ask what’s important. Seems like a quantity vs quality predicament.

  • Good for DW’s.

  • Teddy K.

    Everything “troll” in the series is great. Everything “human” is mind-numbingly boring and cliché. Is there a reason, besides over-the-top political correctness, that adult males in this show are such horrible stereotypes with no redeeming virtues AT ALL?