Jim Lake Jr. is an ordinary kid with a busy Mom and a yearning to have more adventure in his life. As it happens, Jim gets more than he wished when he finds a magic amulet under a bridge.calling to him. With that discovery, Jim finds himself recruited as the next. and first human, Troll Hunter, the champion of the Troll world. Together with his friend, Toby Domzalski, Jim discovers the world of Troll Market, where he begins his training under the tutelage of his new mentors, Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!!, who also tell him of the threat of the Gumm Gumms, who scheme to release their leader, Gunmar the Black, to conquer both the Troll and Human worlds. In the struggle ahead, Jim and his friends will discover enemies and friends where they least expect them as their shadow war draws ever greater danger and complications into all their lives.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
When creating the show's narrative, Guillermo del Toro noted that he wanted a "bittersweet journey" for Jim, that he should deal with issues that most such "power fantasies" failed to address: "You can be in high school and you can have your problems, then you get all these powers and then you have a different set of problems. There is no such thing as a final great outcome." See more »
Jim Lake Jr:
[activates the upgraded Amulet of Daylight]
For the doom of Gunmar, Eclipse is mine to command.
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The Amulet of Daylight forms the DreamWorks Animation logo and Jim appears on the moon in Trollhunter gear. See more »
Behold the Wonderful Imagination of Guillermo Del Toro
Exciting, stylish, fun, entertaining, action packed, and very, very impressive. Trollhunters is an adventure story of kid-turned-hero à la Buffy the Vampire Slayer; it has a light, quirky, and humorous attitude à la Meet the Robinsons; incredibly detailed and immersive world-building à la Avatar; and a good dose of Del Toro's sinister monsters and dark psychological twists. Although aimed at a younger audience, it holds the depth and complexity of any adult show, while remaining whimsically childlike. Light and dark are perfectly balanced – it's got both silly kid humour and suspenseful situations that are genuinely unsettling. This is, after all, the same guy who made Pan's Labyrinth, and you can definitely see the influence here.
I was constantly impressed with the depth of imagination and real cleverness of this series. The unique monsters, magical elements, and new plot complications never stopped coming. The overall story arc is fantastically well-written, and character developments and relationships are truly believable and affecting. The baddies are interestingly conflicted, the goodies are endearing and extremely likable. You've got the terrified yet courageous hero Jim, clumsy yet smart wing man Toby, and sweet yet kick-ass Shakespeare-aficionado Claire, and all the rest, equally original. Brilliant voice acting too, especially from the late Anton Yelchin. Oh, and it's beautifully animated. Little wonder it won six Emmys!
Del Toro's creation is flawless. Trollhunters is something you can enjoyably binge-watch and then put off watching the last few episodes because you don't want it to come to an end. I can't wait for the second season – I haven't watched anything this good in a long time.
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