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‘Trollhunter’ Trailer: First Look at Guillermo del Toro’s New Series

Not to be confused with the upcoming feature Trolls, Dreamworks Animation has a second troll-related project coming out soon: the CG-animated series Trollhunters, created by Guillermo del Toro. All the episodes of the series will debut worldwide December 23 on Netflix:

Described as an “epic saga,” the series follows a group of teens who unearth a troll universe beneath their home town, and become involved in a centuries-long battle between good and bad trolls. The series, based on a recent book by del Toro, includes Ron Perlman, Kelsey Grammar, Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), and Charlie Saxton (Betas) amongst its voice cast. Anton Yelchin, who died in a car accident recently, voices the lead role of Jim Lake, Jr., the human teen who discovers a mystical amulet and becomes the Trollhunter.

Former Pixar animator Blaas, who also directed the short film Alma, is showrunner.

  • Louis

    So cool, looking forward to seeing this. There does not appear to be much shows like this here, but I’m sure there’s a few I’m forgetting. Those dumb bro comedy cartoons always pop into my mind, so it’s refreshing to see something like this with thought and story behind it, a new world to invest in. But seeing Anton’s name is really depressing.

    • Kevin Denon Steele

      I’ll sum up what I think of the characterizations with this, Penn Zero Part time Hero. Maybe the plot will be enough to distract me from the painfully obvious designs but who knows.

  • Roca

    Looks great…but I just noticed the leads are all white? Thought we had figured out this diversity thing already?

    • Bob

      I hope you’re joking

    • Roca

      What am I joking about? Would it have been hard to put a black kid in there? Asian? Indian?

      • Fried

        Racebending any of the characters would not have changed the fact that they’re cookie cutter as all hell and look to have very generic personalities from the trailers. Considering this is very much a passion project for Guillermo since it’s based on his book series, he has no reason to change his already envisioned characters to be anything else for the sake of satisfying someone else’s desire for representation.

        There is a difference between a project where that decision can be made early on in development or a project that belongs to a studio rather than an individual (such as most feature films) and changing your own characters long after they already exist in another medium for no other reason than “why not”. Otherwise you could argue those same points for Ed Edd n Eddy, Fairly Oddparents, Billy and Mandy, Gravity Falls, Daria, Beavis and Butthead, They could have rebooted the New Powerpuff Girls to be difference races too since they are artificially made and not actual sisters, but that would have been stupid because we already know what they’re suppose to look like.

        You might think it’s good if cartoons start incorporating the Burger King kids into their cast of characters, but don’t treat that as a valid criticism when creators don’t do it.

        • expectopatronus

          Well said.

  • Jim Corrigan

    I’m in.

  • This looks promising! I do wish that they had gone for a little less typical of a design for the girl, though. She seems very generic. Regardless, I’m excited to see how this turns out.

    • Mermaid Warrior

      The human leads do seem to be a pretty standard group. (main guy, chick, fat best friend) But Del Toro is pretty awesome, I’m sure it will be good.

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  • Fried

    The Trolls and environments look amazing. The humans look painfully safe and not as visually pleasing as the trolls. The lead character also seems pretty bland and they have a chubby funny friend with a cool action girl as supporting characters, so this feels more like it’s going to be a series with a lot to be desired than anything actually new or refreshing.

    I’m also getting a little bored of these supporting girls looking like Wyldstyle, and it’s only happened a few times.

  • Bob

    Wow, this seems so unbelievably generic and cliched. I would much rather watch the live action Troll Hunter

  • kiko

    You’ll find out that ‘white’ and ‘latina’ are not mutually exclusive terms. According to the US ‘definition’ of latino, Guillermo del Toro is a latino, but he’s also white. Forget about ‘white washing’, what about ‘white appropiation’?

  • expectopatronus

    WARNING: Some people may feel like they know an entire show based on a 2min trailer. Watch at your own risk!