There are many great auteurs in the movie industry today. Filmmakers like the Coen brothers, Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, and Quentin Tarantino each offer their own unique styles to the stories that they tell on the silver screen. But one of the most imaginative modern directors out there has to be Guillermo Del Toro. The worlds that he creates are so vivid. Sometimes they’re even terrifying, but they always seem like they’ve been plucked directly from a child’s dream. And in many ways, that’s exactly what he has done with his body of work.

While promoting his upcoming animated Netflix series ‘Trollhunters’ (which is based on a novel that he co-created of the same name) at New York Comic Con, Del Toro spoke about how everything that he has done in his career is exactly what he set out to do as a storyteller since he was very young. He mentions how each of his projects is what he would want to see onscreen and therefore he has remained faithful to the younger version of himself that dreamed of doing this.

In addition to conveying this sentiment, we got a glimpse into Del Toro’s mind as he shared some very candid thoughts about his dreams, who decides what projects he pursues next, and even his desire to create a dragon one day. Basically, he was just so jovial and fun-loving that we all wanted to hug him by the end of our talk (but didn’t because we’re professionals). You can hear everything that he had to tell us in the video below:

‘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.

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