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.