Stomping onto Netflix right before Christmas, Guillermo del Toro's new animated series, Trollhunters, might be the candy-colored, kid-friendly diversion you need to get you through the holidays. The first trailer for this fantasy adventure from Dreamworks Animation dropped last weekend at New York Comic Con and it could build on the appetite for more ambitious animation projects that the streaming network began with offerings like Knights of Sidonia and Voltron: Legendary Defender. Trollhunters is based on a 2015 children's book by del Toro and Daniel Krauss and hits that same retro-toned sweet spot that Stranger Things so perfectly captured.
Here's the official synopsis:
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 more than a hint of melancholy hearing the voice of the late Anton Yelchin voicing the hero Master Jim in this preview, and his performance will be another memorable creative turn to add to Yelchin's short-lived legacy. Rounding out the talented vocal cast is Charlie Saxton as Toby, Kelsey Grammer as Blinky, Ron Perlman as Bular joining Steven Yeun, Jonathan Hyde, Lexi Madrano, Amy Landecker and Fred Tatasciore.
Check out the first Trollhunters trailer below and tell us if its tribe of terrible Trolls has you intrigued enough to tune it when the animated series appears on Netflix on December 23.
(Via Geek Tyrant)