From the terrifyingly creative mind of Guillermo del Toro, Trollhunters is a new animated original series on Netflix, based on del Toro’s own book of the same name. Is the new animated series another Netflix home run or is this fantasy/sci-fi cartoon another thing weird thing kids love like those other Trolls?
Ordinary teenager Jim Lake Jr. stumbles across a mystical amulet on his way to school. The amulet reveals a secret civilization of mighty trolls beneath his small town of Arcadia. Now Jim has to protect Earth from trolls, but first, he’s gotta finish his homework!
For Kids: Trollhunters has been streaming on Netflix for a little more than a month. In that short time, it has become the most-watched original kids program for Netflix. So why are the kids gaga for monsters?
IndieWire says, “While a simple story drives things along, the impressive visual flair del Toro brings — as well as enticing teases toward vast world-building to come — prove compelling for fans of the creator, animation enthusiasts, and, of course, those valued kid viewers.”
For You: Wrap your mind around this: Guillermo del Torro created an animated series which stars the voice acting chops of Kelsey Freakin’ Grammer. The NY Times says Grammer gives, “a tour de force performance.” The LA Times said, “this may be Kelsey Grammer’s best role since Frasier.” Grammer, who’s won five Emmys for normal acting, is carrying a show on his voice.
If Sideshow Bob is not enough to make you sit through 26 episodes, AV Club says the series “frequent moments of heart and humor elevate what would otherwise be a cold, slick thing of stone. If nothing else, it’s a great introduction to Guillermo del Toro you can share with your kids until they’re old enough to watch Cronos with you.” Note to future you: start with Cronos, but definitely follow up with Pacific Rim.
Common Sense’s Take: Common Sense Media is the leading nonprofit source helping parents make movie and TV choices for their children. Their review says the show is loaded with positive themes like friendship and courage. The humble hero (voiced by the late Anton Yelchin) keeps viewers engaged. “He’s unassuming … and he’s unfailingly loyal, not to mention he’s the first to step up to correct injustice.” These trolls can’t hide behind their keyboards.
Bottom Line: Netflix is in a grove with family-friendly content for all ages, and this series is no different. CSM does warn that some scares can be too much for younger kids. But if you’re searching for a new series to watch, and you think your kid can handle the thrills, then your hunt ends here.
Trollhunters is currently streaming on Netflix.