Just like everyone else who uses Netflix, I saw the advertisement of Trollhunters for the majority of December. Big and bold, they announced when Part One would be coming out (late December). I was only a little intrigued, but when it came up on my “Recommendations” area, I figured that I may as well watch it.
Trollhunters is Guillermo Del Toro’s child. He first wrote a book on the characters, then worked with Dreamworks to craft a beautiful and (surprisingly) emotional TV series that has been released only for Netflix. It stars the late Anton Yelchin as Jim Lake Jr, a human who unwittingly gets pulled into the world of trolls, and saving them.
When an amulet calls Jim Lake Jr’s name from the middle of an empty drainage area, he is chosen to become the Trollhunter. But he doesn’t know what that means, and there has never been a human troll hunter before. Also, surprise, trolls exist. Lake has to learn about combat and stealth, all while juggling school work, rehearsals for Romeo and Juliet, and a teacher who is possibly a monster. No biggie.
It’s a great show. You get incredibly invested in these characters, and (of course) there’s a bit of teen drama in it, but for the most part, this show is really appealing for adults as well as kids. Not only is it a rad, adventure show with riddles and puzzles to be solved, but it’s beautifully animated, and a lot of the art is astounding.
I haven’t read the books yet, but I’m excited to, as we don’t know when Part 2 will be out. It’s well worth waiting for, but try to take the show slowly; my boyfriend and I each watched it separately, but finished the 26 episodes in under a week each (while having full time jobs and doing things like making food and shopping for groceries).
It’s a phenomenal show. I can’t wait to see more of it, but until then, I’m excited to read it! I’m pumped to see the similarities from the books to the screen, and to see how it was adapted and changed. If you’ve got Netflix, pull up a spot on the couch this weekend and watch some of Trollhunters; you’ll fall in love with the characters and wish you got to be a part of their world.