Earlier this year, visionary filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro announced that the animated adaptation of his young adult novel ‘Trollhunters‘ would be released on Netflix in December 2016. Starring the late Anton Yelchin, the story follows a young human that is tasked with taking up an ancient mantle to protect both the his world and the world of trolls from evil while still going to school and being like every other fifteen year old. And during this year’s New York Comic Con, the cast and crew revealed the first trailer for the upcoming series.
Before premiering the first two episodes to the crowd in attendance and discussing the project with executive producers Marc Guggenheim and Rodrigo Blaas and stars Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, Steven Yeun, and Charlie Saxton, Del Toro took the stage at the Theater at Madison Square Garden to introduce the first preview for the long-gestating project. You can check it out below, followed by the official synopsis of the show:
When ordinary teenager Jim Lake Jr. stumbles upon a mystical amulet on his way to school one morning, he inadvertently discovers an extraordinary secret civilization of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. Strong-willed and seeking adventure but wholly unprepared for the responsibilities thrust upon him, Jim is forced to take on the exalted mantle of Trollhunter, sworn to protect the good trolls from powerful enemies bent on revenge. The first human ever to hold the honor, Jim abruptly goes from fighting his way through the daily mayhem of high school to joining a war that has raged for centuries, a conflict that now threatens all of mankind and troll-kind alike. Accompanied by his closest human friends and a few key troll allies, the courageous fifteen-year-old must plunge headlong into a fantastical world of astonishing creatures, glorious cities, and fierce enemies desperate to destroy him. Suddenly destined to play a crucial role in an ancient battle of good and evil with stakes that couldn’t be higher, Jim is determined to save the world — right after gym class. DreamWorks’ ‘Trollhunters’ is a heroic tale that uncoils with ambitious, complex storytelling and stunning visuals that raise the bar for animated series, creating an event series that will thrill the entire family.
There’s definitely a lot to talk about in regards to this trailer. First, it was super endearing when Del Toro shared during the panel that Charlie Saxton’s character Toby is meant to be a young version of the filmmaker. Second, did you catch Tom Hiddleston as the voice of the Trollhunter before Jim? And finally, the whole thing really captures the same spirit of the animated Ambling films from back in the day. It will definitely be a great thing to throw on with the whole family after opening presents during this holiday season.
What do you think about the first trailer for ‘Trollhunters’? Are you excited to binge watch it in a few months? Let us know in the comments.
‘Trollhunters’ starring Anton Yelchin, Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, Steven Yeun, Charlie Saxton, Jonathan Hyde, Lexi Madrano, Amy Landecker, and Fred Tatasciore premieres on Netflix on December 23, 2016.