Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia
Season 1 promotional poster
Genre
Created byGuillermo del Toro
Based onTrollhunters
2015 novel
by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus
Written by
Voices of
Theme music composerAlexandre Desplat
ComposerTim Davies
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerChad Hammes
Running time21-22 minutes
Production companies
Distributor
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture formatHDTV 1080p
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseDecember 23, 2016 (2016-12-23) –
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
Chronology
Followed by3Below: Tales of Arcadia
External links
Website

Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia (or simply Trollhunters) is an American computer-animated fantasy television series created for Netflix by Guillermo del Toro, and produced by DreamWorks Animation and Double Dare You Productions.[2] It follows the story of James "Jim" Lake Jr., a teenage boy who finds a mysterious amulet and stumbles across a secret realm inhabited by trolls and other magical creatures. Soon afterward, he and his friends are charged with protecting the world from the dangerous monsters that lurk in the shadows of their small suburban town.

The first two episodes of the series premiered on October 8, 2016, at the New York Comic Con.[1][3] The first season was released worldwide on Netflix on December 23, 2016.[4] The second season premiered on December 15, 2017,[5][6] and the third and final season premiered on May 25, 2018.[7][8]

Since its release, Trollhunters has been widely praised as an ambitious and boundary-pushing animated series, with Filmink's Travis Johnson calling it "...the best children's animation to come along since Avatar: The Last Airbender."[9] The series was nominated for nine Daytime Emmy Awards in 2017, winning more than any other animated or live-action television program that year.[10] In its first three seasons, it has also received or been nominated for a BAFTA Award, several Annie Awards, Kidscreen Awards, Golden Reel Awards and a Saturn Award. The show has also spawned several original children's books and has been adapted into a series of graphic novels by Marc Guggenheim and Richard Hamilton, released by Dark Horse.[11]

Anton Yelchin continued to be part of the series through the first two seasons, as he had recorded enough dialogue to complete them before his sudden death.[12] Yelchin was also able to provide a portion of dialogue for the final season, while the remaining portions of dialogue were recorded by Emile Hirsch.[13][14]

Following the show's success, Guillermo del Toro announced that Trollhunters would be the first chapter in a trilogy of television series, collectively titled Tales of Arcadia. The story was continued in a science fiction inspired follow-up series entitled 3Below: Tales of Arcadia, and the trilogy concluded in a third and final fantasy series entitled Wizards: Tales of Arcadia.[15] It also premiered on Pop in the UK on September 3, 2018.

A full-length feature film, titled Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans, was released on July 21, 2021.[16]

Synopsis

Part 1

When Jim Lake Jr. finds the Amulet of Daylight under a canal from the remains of Kanjigar the Courageous, he will embark on an adventure of a lifetime protecting Arcadia from villains like Bular with the help of his human friends Toby and Claire, and his troll friends, Blinky, Arrrgh, and Draal.

Part 2

With Jim trapped in the Darklands, his friends race to rescue him. With Jim out of the Darklands, he faces repercussions for his actions by going in. Blinky deals with old family wounds as the rest of Trollmarket deals with a possible mole among them. Things are not made easier when Steve Palchuk and Eli Pepperjack begin to stumble upon Jim's double life, on top of the pressures of high school.

Part 3

It's the end of sophomore year at Arcadia High: Jim's double life has taken its toll on his mother as Claire experiences trouble from an ancient sorceress. Gunmar has taken control of the Heartstone Trollmarket. The great wizard Merlin turns Jim into half-troll, half-human. The final battle is looming over the trio as Jim and Claire begin to grow closer in their relationship. Jim has to realize that defeating Gunmar is impossible unless he makes an irreversible sacrifice.

Voice cast

Main article: List of Tales of Arcadia characters

Main

Recurring

Production

Development

Initially, del Toro envisioned the idea as a live-action television series; however this was deemed impractical due to budgetary concerns, and as a result he instead turned the idea into a book. DreamWorks Animation optioned the book to develop as an animated feature film, to be directed by Guillermo del Toro and Rodrigo Blaas. Eventually, Netflix greenlit the project as a high-end animated series instead, eager to work with del Toro and expand their slate of original animated programming. Rodrigo Blaas became an executive producer and supervising director on the series.[18]

Del Toro modeled the show's sensibilities after shows he grew up with such as Jonny Quest, identifying them as "really earnest and emotionally beautiful".[19] To this end, he sought to make the main character of Jim "in that '70s mold," and "really a very good boy" with del Toro noting that this was a constant struggle for him to express.[20] Eventually he came across Anton Yelchin, who embodied those qualities although by del Toro's estimate it still took him a few sessions to fully understand the character.[20]

Writing

When creating the show's narrative, del Toro noted that he and the writers wanted a "bittersweet journey" for the main character dealing with issues that most such "power fantasies" failed to address, telling Indiewire, "... I wanted to say, 'Look, 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 not such a thing as a final, great outcome.'"[19]

The writing team remained small and consistent throughout its entire fifty-two episode run, allowing Marc Guggenheim, The Hageman Brothers, Aaron Waltke, Chad Quandt, and A.C. Bradley to build out all three seasons in advance of the show's premiere without interruption. This provided the writers a rare opportunity for an unusual amount of intricate planning and plot serialization to be woven throughout the series, including details planted for secrets that wouldn't be revealed until seasons later, sometimes even hinting at storylines for future installments of Tales of Arcadia that wouldn't be announced until years afterward.[21]

Cast

The show serves as one of Yelchin's final projects as he died shortly after recording most of his character's dialogue. Producer del Toro refused to replace his recordings,[22] which del Toro noted was a challenge for the show's recording engineers.[20] Of his decision, del Toro stated that the actor "was proud of what he did, and we were so proud of how he did it." Del Toro added that his experience as a father and Yelchin's young age were also factors that led to the decision.[18] Some roles were written specifically for the actors who eventually portrayed them. In the earliest sketch for the series in one of del Toro's notebooks, the character of Blinky was drawn with Kelsey Grammer's name next to it, who accepted the role when the series was eventually greenlit.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
126December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
213December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
313May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)

Season 1 (2016)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
Part 1
1–21–2"Becoming"Guillermo del Toro & Rodrigo BlaasStory by : Guillermo del Toro, Marc Guggenheim & Rodrigo Blaas
Teleplay by : Guillermo del Toro & Marc Guggenheim
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)

In the California town Arcadia Oaks, two trolls; Kanjigar the Courageous & Bular the Butcher, battle under the canals with Bular demanding for Kanjigar to give up the powerful mystical Amulet of Daylight. Mortally wounded, Kanjigar says to Bular that he may end but the fight will not. Kanjigar then steps into the sunlight and turns to stone with Bular unable to get into the sunlight and grab the Amulet. Meanwhile, high school student Jim Lake Jr wakes up and makes breakfast for his mother, Barbara, his best friend, Toby Domzalski and himself. After the two races to school on their bikes, Jim & Toby stumble upon the Amulet when it calls Jim's name but upon hearing the final bell of school, the two goes on their bike to go back to school, while a hidden troll is surprised that the Amulet chose a human. At school, Jim tries to talk to his crush, Claire Nunez, who tells him about the school play, William Shakespeares’ Romeo & Juliet. Jim tries to tell his bully, Steve Palchuk to leave a fellow student named Eli Pepperjack alone but when Toby and other students start a chant, gym teacher, Coach Lawrence comes and orders Steve to come to gym class. After the boys ride home and say goodbye to Barbara, Jim tries to tell the Amulet to do something but upon hearing noises in his basement, he goes down to check it out, where two trolls, Blinky Galadrigal & AAARRRGGHH!!!, tells Jim that he is the Trollhunter, which leads to Jim to faint. The next day, Jim tries to tell Toby everything but insteads goes to his school principal, Walter Strickler to tell him about everything. As Jim leaves, Strickler briefly spots the Amulet in Jim's bag, leaving him in shock and confusion. Jim goes outside to study the Amulet's ancient and strong magics, after seeing it glowing brightly. After speaking the main incantation of the Amulet: For the glory of Merlin Daylight is mine to command It begins to transform Jim into an armored mystical warrior and gives him a magic-powered sword to wield, but ultimately, he gets it stuck on a stone. At the canals, Strickler goes to the remains of Kanjigar and finds that the mystical Amulet is actually gone. When Bular arrives and says that he’ll kill whoever is the new Trollhunter, Strickler's eyes begin to glow and informs Bular that he knows where the Amulet is, and that it has found its new champion.

Meanwhile, Jim manages to get the sword out of the stone and holds it up in the air.
Jim goes to the dentist to tell Toby about the Amulet, face to face. Inside Jim's house, Jim transforms into armor, surprising Toby until Blinky & AAARRRGGHH!!!, enters. Upon hearing Barbara coming in her car, Jim and Toby takes Blinky & AAARRRGGHH!!!, to the bathroom to hide until Barbara leaves. Blinky tells Jim about Kanjigar's fate and that Bular will seek and hunt down Jim, who must face him one way or another. At school, Jim unexpectedly transforms into his armor and is caught by Strickler but Jim tells him it is just the tryout of the school play, Romeo & Juliet. Jim goes up stage and uses Blinky's speech, he gave him that night, saying: “Destiny…Destiny is a gift. Some go their entire lives living existences of quiet desperation, never learning the truth that what feels as though a burden pushing down upon our shoulders is actually a sense of purpose that lifts us to greater HEIGHTS. Never forget that fear is but the precursor to valor, that to strive and triumph in the face of fear is what it means to be a hero:Don't think. Become.” After the speech, Claire approaches upon Jim and is amazed by his performance. As Jim & Toby head back to their homes, Bular appears and ambushes the boys. Blinky & AAARRRGGHH!!!, arrives and takes the boys to an underground magical place called, Hearthstone Trollmarket.
33"Wherefore Art Thou, Trollhunter?"Rodrigo Blaas & Johane MatteMarc GuggenheimDecember 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Toby and Jim tour Heartstone Trollmarket, where Jim starts his training; the presence of a human Trollhunter creates resentment.
44"Gnome Your Enemy"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley, Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Jim gets a crash course in troll history and is faced with problems, his first mission, and a bully.
55"Waka Chaka!"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
During a field trip to a museum, Jim tries to get closer to Claire; Jim discovers that the museum curator has a surprising secret.
66"Win Lose or Draal"Rodrigo Blaas & Johane MatteStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Jim gets ready for a high-stakes rematch against Draal, who seems to be the amulet's rightful heir; after saving his life, a surprising partnership emerges.
77"To Catch a Changeling"Simon OttoStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
With the help of an ancient troll-hunting tool (an iron horseshoe), Jim and Toby try to unmask the changelings living among them; Claire presents Jim with a tempting offer.
88"Adventures in Trollsitting"Rodrigo Blaas & Johane MatteStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley, Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Draal gets accustomed to his new digs; Jim tries to find out if Claire's little brother is a changeling.
99"Bittersweet Sixteen"Elaine BoganA.C. Bradley, Chad Quandt & Aaron WaltkeDecember 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Jim's sixteenth birthday is full of surprises, including the arrival of a new species of flying troll, called a stalkling, that is immune to the effects of sunlight.
1010"Young Atlas"Andrew L. SchmidtChad Quandt & Aaron WaltkeDecember 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Draal gives Jim a totem to help lessen his anxiety about Claire; Jim's resulting overconfidence leads him to a startling realization we already know: Strickler is a changeling.
1111"Recipe for Disaster"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Claire's suspicions grow; Jim's mother invites Strickler over for a tension-filled dinner. In Strickler's office, Toby discovers that the changeling is hiding a small portal to the Darklands.
1212"Claire and Present Danger"Andrew L. SchmidtA.C. Bradley, Chad Quandt & Aaron WaltkeDecember 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
The door to the Darklands still won't open, even though the Killahead bridge is complete. When Claire becomes a target, Jim is forced tell her the truth. Claire does not believe him until they are attacked by goblins. Gnome Chompsky volunteers to venture into the Darklands, but gets lost.
1313"The Battle of Two Bridges"Rodrigo Blaas & Johane MatteDan Hageman & Kevin HagemanDecember 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Two battles unfold when Strickler and Bular attempt to make Jim unlock the portal and free Gunmar and his army from the Darklands. In the end, Bular is killed, and Draal's arm is turned to stone and shattered when he removes the Amulet of Daylight from Killahead Bridge, replaced by a mechanical prosthetic.
1414"Return of the Trollhunter"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley, Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Claire visits the Heartstone Trollmarket for the first time. Jim receives a ghostly summons, and Strickler rouses an ancient assassin.
1515"Mudslinging"Rodrigo BlaasStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Jim looks for a way to destroy Gunmar so Claire can bring her brother home. A power-hungry Strickler returns to Arcadia with Angor Rot, taking the place of Jim's school principal.
1616"Roaming Fees May Apply"Andrew L. SchmidtStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley, Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
The heroes go on a dangerous quest to Gatto, a mountainous troll, in search of the first Triumbric Stone (the Birthstone), one of three stones linked to Gunmar's lifeforce. Angor Rot creates a charm that links Barbara and Strickler's fates.
1717"Blinky's Day Out"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley, Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Due to exposure to a strange elixir, Blinky turns into a human and experiences the highs and lows of his new form. Angor Rot marks Jim for a fate that is far worse than death.
1818"The Shattered King"Rodrigo Blaas & Johane MatteStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Jim's armor receives an upgrade thanks to Vendal and the Birthstone. Claire wants Jim to be her dance partner as the heroes look for the second Triumbric Stone; they wind up in unfamiliar marshlands and tailed by Angor Rot, where Toby pretends to be a troll king. In the end, Angor Rot gets the so-called Killstone, symbol of Gunmar's first kill, but Claire gains Angor Rot's Shadow Staff.
1919"Airheads"Andrew L. SchmidtStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Toby and Claire are constantly fighting because Claire got the Shadow Staff and Toby feels slighted. Toby and Claire tackle a Trollhunter task so Jim can win a Spring King challenge. In the process, Toby gets cursed, but Vendal contains it in Toby's warhammer.
2020"Where Is My Mind?"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
When a horde of pixies descends on Arcadia Oaks High, the students are sent into a tailspin. AAAARRRRGGHH!!! learns that he was injected with Angor Rot's Sun Poison, which will gradually turn him to stone, but he chooses not to tell his friends. Angor Rot has a surprising proposal for Jim.
2121"Party Monster"Rodrigo BlaasStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
NonEnrique throws a party for the trolls of Arcadia in Claire's house, putting Claire in a quandary as she has already invited her two best friends to her home. Jim and Toby want to take Strickler's Inferna Copula ring.
2222"It's About Time"Andrew L. SchmidtStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt, Aaron Waltke & Marc Guggenheim
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
In a flashback at the beginning of the episode, we learn how Angor Rot visited the mysterious Argante/"Lady Pale"/Eldritch Queen/Baba Yaga and trades his soul, which is contained in her ring: the Inferna Copula, for his powers. Jim uses a rare time-stopping Kairosect (taken from Gatto) to save Claire from getting hit by a truck; rescue Blinky, who is turning back into a troll in front of Barbara; and take back the second Triumbric Stone from Angor Rot. When the stone's time limit runs out, Jim is confronted by a betrayed Angor Rot, who accidentally destroys the ring, dissipating his soul. He attempts to kill Jim, who escapes, and then pursues Stricker.
2323"Wingmen"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
A troll queen, AAAARRRRGGHH!!!'s former ruler, arrives at Troll Market, and AAAARRRRGGHH!!!'s devastating secret is revealed. Despite being given the chance to return to his home caves and get healed, he chooses to remain with his friends. Abandonded by his Changeling companions, Strickler asks for Jim's protection.
2424"Angor Management"Rodrigo BlaasStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Jim reluctantly joins forces with Strickler to keep Barbara alive, and they prepare an ambush in Jim's house. Barbara returns unexpectedly and learns the truth about Jim and Strickland's secret double lives. Anger Rot, who has spied on them, circumvents the booby traps and attacks, forcing them to retreat to Troll Market. Blinky, Claire, Toby and AAAARRRRGGHH!!! begin searching for the Eyestone, Gunmar's lost eye and the last of the Triumbric Stones. Gnome Chompksy returns with important news regarding Enrique and a sinister message from Gunmar to Jim.
2525"A Night to Remember"Andrew L. SchmidtStory by : A.C. Bradley, Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
To save Barbara's life, Jim races to break the spell that bonds her to Strickler. Angor Rot attacks Claire and Toby at the Spring Fling, when they look for the incantation to break the spell in Strickland's office. Barbara forgets about the trolls' existence due to the spell being broken, but Angor Rot gains the Horngeazle - the key to Trollmarket.
2626"Something Rotten This Way Comes"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley
December 23, 2016 (2016-12-23)
Jim, his friends and the trolls brace for Angor Rot's onslaught. AAAARRRRGGHH!!! takes Rot's Sun Poison dagger for Toby, turning him into stone, before Jim, Toby and Claire kill him, releasing the Trollhunter souls he had captured. Jim incorporates the Eyestone into his amulet to upgrade his armor before venturing into the Darklands to confront Gunmar.

Season 2 (2017)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
Part 2
271"Escape from the Darklands"Rodrigo BlaasStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
With Jim still trapped in the Darklands searching for Enrique, his friends rally to bring him back. But the Troll Tribunal has other ideas. In the Darklands, Jim is pursued by a mysterious, hooded figure, who reveals itself to be Dictatious, Blinky's brother.
282"Skullcrusher"Andrew L. SchmidtStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Claire recruits NotEnrique for a secret mission to return the pieces of the Kilahead bridge, while bully Steve stirs up trouble at school. In the Darklands, Jim meets Gunmar.
293"Grand Theft Otto"Andrew L. SchmidtStory by : A.C. Bradley, Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Nomora, who is now a prisoner, comes to Jim's aid in the Darklands. Back in Arcadia, Toby's distracting new headgear picks up signals from the Janus Order.
304"KanjigAAARRRGGHH!!!"Johane MatteStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
As Gunmar readies to destroy Jim in the Darklands, Blinky and the gang strike a deal with the Janus Order in their quest to revive AAARRRRGGHH!!!, stealing Vendal's staff. When AAARRRGGHH!!! is resurrected, Kanjigar possesses his body to open the Kilahead Bridge.
315"Homecoming"Rodrigo BlaasStory by : Marc Guggenheim, Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Blinky blinds Dictatious while Jim and Nomoura are forced to fight; Draal leaves his post guarding the bridge to ensure no one but Jim and the rescue team come out, saving Jim, Nomoura, and the rescue team's lives from attacking Gumm-Gumms, but allowing Gunmar to escape.
326"Hiss Hiss, Bang Bang"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman & Lila Scott
Teleplay by : Lila Scott
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Now out of the Darklands and readjusting to life in Arcadia, Jim and the team must face the consequences of their risky actions. A trio of escaped blood goblins attack Gnome Chompsky.
337"Hero with a Thousand Faces"Rodrigo BlaasStory by : Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Multiple problems plague a frazzled Jim when his amulet duplicates him and Claire invites him to meet her parents at a family barbecue.
348"Just Add Water"Andrew L. SchmidtStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
When an oozy Gruesom shows up in Arcadia, Jim and the gang set out to find it – while playing parents to two sacks of flour for a school assignment.
359"Creepslayerz"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
As Jim and his friends search for the oozy Gruesom, a paranoid Steve finds an unlikely ally in Eli Pepperjack.
3610"The Reckless Club"Rodrigo BlaasStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley & Lila Scott
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Señor Uhl sentences Jim and his friends to detention (in which they parody The Breakfast Club) while Queen Usurna gathers evidence of a conspiracy. Draal comes face to face with a freed Gunmar.
3711"Unbecoming"Andrew L. SchmidtStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
After being arrested by Queen Usurna, Jim meets Unkar and is unwillingly given the chance to see what his life would be like without the amulet, before meeting the wizard Merlin.
3812"Mistrial and Error"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim
December 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Jim stands trial for unleashing Gunmar while his friends race to uncover Gunmar's mole in Trollmarket. When convicted, Jim is sent to "The Deep," a dark realm of no return. Vendal and Usurna speak of Claire and Blinky's discoveries.
3913"In the Hall of the Gumm-Gumm King"Rodrigo BlaasDan Hageman & Kevin HagemanDecember 15, 2017 (2017-12-15)
Vendal's death carries a warning from beyond the grave as Gunmar, with the help of Usurna, takes control of the Heartstone and Trollmarket. Claire nearly dies when she makes a portal to evacuate, and Steve and Eli aid Jim for the first time.

Season 3 (2018)

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Part 3
401"A Night Patroll"Andrew L. SchmidtDan Hageman & Kevin HagemanMay 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
With the trolls hiding out in Arcadia, AAARRRGGHH!!! goes undercover to see what Gunmar is up to, returning with two words: Eternal Night. Douxie as a potential rival with Claire brings out Jim's jealous side as Strickler trains Jim. An ancient voice speaks to Dictatious out of the Janus Order's old gramophone.
412"Arcadia's Most Wanted"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
Toby gets caught in the crosshairs when a troll goes missing and the city cracks down on crime. The ancient voice of the Pale Lady refuses to be silenced.
423"Bad Coffee"Johane MatteStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
Something strange is brewing at school, where the teachers are more agitated than usual. Claire's illness shows disturbing side effects.
434"So I'm Dating a Sorceress"Andrew L. SchmidtStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Lila Scott
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
Toby and Darci ask Jim and Claire on a double date. Gunmar returns from his travels, now armed with the knowledge to bring forth the Eternal Night. Unfortunately, Claire becomes possessed by the Eldritch Queen.
445"The Exorcism of Claire Nuñez"Rodrigo BlaasStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
While Gunmar searches for the Staff of Avalon, Jim and Toby head into the Shadow Realm to rescue Claire's spirit and return it to her body, before it's too late and Baba Yaga possesses her forever.
456"Parental Guidance"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
When Barbara's art obsession leads to her remembering about the trolls, she demands Jim tell her the truth. Dictatious reveals Gunmar's plans to resurrect Angor Rot. After goblins attack and Toby's Nana and Claire's parents learn Barbara and Jim are telling the truth, Claire falls into the shadow realm and discovers Angor Rot has returned, and the way to Merlin's tomb: breaking Jim's amulet.
467"The Oath"Andrew L. SchmidtStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
The team shadow-jumps to where a trollnapped AAARRRGGHH!!! is trapped before finding an ancient Gyre. Jim breaks his amulet to power the gyre and Draal is freed from Gunmar's control since no magic can work in Merlin's tomb. Gunmar steals Merlin's Staff of Avalon, causing the tomb to start to break apart.
478"For the Glory of Merlin"Elaine BoganStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Marc Guggenheim
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
A long-dormant Merlin shows Jim and his friends what really happened at the Battle of Killahead, Gunmar finds where Argante/Morganna is imprisoned using the Staff of Avalon, and Angor Rot plots his revenge.
489"In Good Hands"Johane MatteStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Lila Scott
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)

Gunmar tries to use the Staff of Avalon to release Morgana but realizes that the staff needs a human to speak the incantation. Meanwhile, Merlin wants Jim, Claire & Toby to gather three items while Blinky & AAARRRGGHH acquire the rest of the items. At school, Jim & Toby enter Strickler's old office to acquire the Antramonstrum shell but when Senior Uhl enters in his office, Jim tries to distract him while Toby flees with the Antramonstrum shell. Seeing that Jim missed countless days of school, Uhl gives Jim to show siblings and new students; Aja & Krel Tarron, around Arcadia. In the museum, Queen Usurna tries to convince Nomura to speak the incantation of the staff but she refuses and escapes. After acquiring the bones at the janus' order, Aja & Krel offer to help Jim and his friends to get lighting in a bottle, in which they use the Sword of Daylight as a conductor. Worried about Nomura, Strickler & Barbara go to the museum to find her but are ambushed by Gumm Gumms and are found by Usurna. Jim, Claire & Toby return to Jim's home where Merlin uses Jim's vespa to craft armor for both Toby & Claire. Merlin then reveals to Jim, Claire, Toby, Blinky & AAARRRGGHH that he is not here to stop Gunmar but to kill Morgana, leaving a shock on each of the trollhunter's faces.

Note: This episode is connected with 3Below: Tales of Arcadia episode "Lightning in a Bottle".
4910"A House Divided"Andrew L. SchmidtStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
Merlin has a plan to go to war, but it is Jim's choice to make. Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!! search for allies. After Gatto refuses to join them, they are captured by the Quagwumps and Usurna's Krubera. Gunmar uses Barbara to get what he wants from Strickler and releases Morgana. Jim submerges himself in Merlin's potion made from the ingredients he, Toby, Claire, and Aja and Krel gathered to become half troll and half human: both troll and hunter.
5011"Jimhunters"Johane MatteStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : Chad Quandt & Aaron Waltke
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
A greatly changed Jim renews his Trollhunter training but struggles to accept his new reality. Blinky and AAARRRGGHH!!! convince the Quagwumps and Krubera to join them and kill Queen Usurna. Gunmar and Morgana rally the troops for the final battle before Morgana destroys half the army for her spell. She than begins the Eternal Night.
51–5212–13"The Eternal Knight"Guillermo del Toro & Rodrigo BlaasStory by : Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman
Teleplay by : A.C. Bradley & Marc Guggenheim (Part 1) Chad Quandt, Aaron Waltke & Lila Scott (Part 2)
May 25, 2018 (2018-05-25)
It is Battle of the Bands in Arcadia, but when Gunmar prepares his Gumm-Gumm army for an attack on Arcadia, the team form a plan at Jim's house to put an end to the threat of Morgana, with Merlin and AAARRRGGHH!!! setting out to Trollmarket to stop Morgana and the rest of the team warns the town of the upcoming danger, while Jim waits in his house for the nightfall. When The Eternal Night has finally begun, covering Arcadia into shadow, Merlin and AAARRRGGHH!!! arrive in Trollmarket to fight Morgana, but Merlin discovers his powers were stolen from his staff. In Arcadia, Jim arrives and the team with the reinforced army of trolls and the town began to fight the Gumm-Gumms. During the battle, Gunmar and Angor Rot arrive and the newly transformed Jim unleashes his fury to an ultimate showdown.
With the eclipse still rising, with the almost-beaten Merlin struggling to stop the powerful Morgana and Jim battling Gunmar and Angor Rot, the team still fights the Gumm-Gumms in Arcadia. Jim is pinned down by Angor Rot before reminding him of his good past life. He is nearly defeated and about to be controlled by Gunmar's Decimaar Blade, but Jim uses his amulet to increase his strength to hold back Gunmar, then finally striking him down with a final blow, destroying him and all his Gumm-Gumms. As the eclipse continues to rise, Morgana arrives to fight the Trollhunters, who are no match for her. Angor Rot returns in battle to help Jim take down Morgana, but Morgana cannot be killed by Jim's Eclipse blade, which she breaks, before trying to destroy the team, but Jim sacrifices himself to save them. Claire uses her Shadow Staff to push Morgana into a shadow portal, but Morgana destroys Angor, and Claire and Morgana get swirled into the portal. Claire tries to escape the portal and Morgana, throwing her Shadow Staff for Toby to use his war hammer to destroy it, freeing Claire and trapping Morgana. The injured Jim awakens, and Merlin uses the Staff of Avalon to end the Eternal Night. The Heartstone in Trollmarket is now destroyed and Jim, Merlin and the trolls begin to travel to New Jersey where another Heartstone is located. At sunset, Jim, Claire, Merlin and the trolls began their long journey away from Toby and AAARRRGGHH!!! and Jim's mother. Note: In the end of the episode, Jim's words were spoken from the second episode ("Becoming: Part 2") and it is announced this series is dedicated to the deceased Anton Yelchin (the original voice actor of the character).

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans is a full-length feature film, taking place a year after the events of Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, that was released on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.

Synopsis

Further imformation: Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans' plot

The Guardians of Arcadia reunite and plan their attack against the nefarious Arcane Order. After a failed to attempt to destroy the Genesis Seals, the Arcane Order has reawakened the primordial Titans and they are seeking to combine with the heartstone at the center of the universe (which is Arcadia Oaks). As the heroes manage to defeat one titan at the cost of another titan, who is on the side of the heroes, they all come in Arcadia Oaks, and their leader, Jim Lake Jr ultimatley pulls Excalibur off from the stone, and in new armor, he manages to kill the final member of the Arcane Order, Bellroc, saving the world but at the cost of his best friend, Toby Domzaski. Jim then travels back in time to the morning where he found the amulet and allows Toby to take over the mantle of the trollhunter.

Release

The two-episode pilot of the series premiered on October 8, 2016 at the New York Comic Con.[1][3] The first season consisted of 26 half-hour episodes which were released worldwide on Netflix on December 23, 2016.[4] The second season, consisting of 13 episodes, was released on December 15, 2017.[5][6] The third and final season, consisting of 13 episodes, was released on May 25, 2018.[7][8]

Home media

The first season of Trollhunters was released on DVD on November 7, 2017.[23][24]

Reception

Critical response

Trollhunters has received critical acclaim and positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 94% approval rating based on 16 reviews for the first season. The website's consensus reads, "Trollhunters manages to capture del Toro's enthusiasm for telling monster stories, in a youthful and more colorful fashion that may well earn him a new generation of fans."[25] On Metacritic, the season has a normalized score of 69 out of 100 based on 9 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[26]

In 2017, it received six Daytime Emmys, more than any other television program, animated or live action, that year.[27]

The second season of Trollhunters was nominated for six Annie Awards, tied for the most nominations of any television program in 2018.[28] It was also nominated for four Daytime Emmy Awards, including Best Children's Animated Series, and won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program.

On January 30, 2017, Trollhunters writers Kevin and Dan Hageman stated that the series is the most successful Netflix original show to date that is targeted at a younger audience.[29]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2017 Annie Awards[30] Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Mike Chaffe for character Blinky in "Becoming, Part 1" Won
Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Victor Maldonado, Alfredo Torres and Jules Rigolle, "Win, Lose or Draal" Won
Outstanding Achievement, Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Alexandre Desplat and Tim Davies, "Becoming, Part 1" Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Hyunjoo Song, "Win, Lose or Draal" Won
Saturn Awards[31] Best Animated Series or Film on Television Trollhunters Nominated
Behind the Voice Actors Awards[32] Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series Anton Yelchin, for Jim Lake Jr. Won
Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series Lexi Medrano, for Claire Nuñez Nominated
Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role Laraine Newman, for Miss Janeth Nominated
Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role Anjelica Huston, for Queen Usurna Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards[33][34] Outstanding Individual Achievement in Character Animation Mike Chaffe, "Becoming, Part 1" Won
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Character Design Victor Maldonado, "Win, Lose Or Draal" Won
Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Guillermo del Toro, Rodrigo Blaas, Marc Guggenheim, Chad Hammes, Christina Steinberg, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Lawrence Jonas Nominated
Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program Kelsey Grammer, for Blinky Won
Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special Mary Hidalgo, Ania O'Hare, CSA Won
Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program Marc Guggenheim Won
Outstanding Directing in an Animated Program Rodrigo Blaas, Guillermo del Toro Won
Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design Rodrigo Blaas, Andy Erekson, Jonathan Catalan, Dai Weier, John Laus, David M.V. Jones Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing – Animation Matthew Thomas Hall and Carlos Sanches, CAS Nominated
2018 Annie Awards[35] Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Bruno Chiou, Yi-Fan Cho, Kevin Jong, Chun-Jung Chu, "Homecoming" Won
Outstanding Achievement, Character Design in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Jules Rigolle, Alfredo Torres, Linda Chen, Rustam Hasanov, Alfonso Blaas, "Escape from the Darklands" Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Andrew Schmidt, "Unbecoming" Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production David Woo, "Hero with a Thousand Faces" Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production Hyunjoo Song, "In the Hall of the Gumm-Gumm King" Nominated
Outstanding Achievement, Writing in an Animated Television/Broadcast Production A.C. Bradley, Kevin Hageman, Dan Hageman, Aaron Waltke, Chad Quandt, "Escape from the Darklands" Nominated
Kidscreen Awards[36] Best New Series, Kids Category Trollhunters Won
Best Writing Trollhunters Won
Best Animation Trollhunters Won
Golden Reel Award[37] Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing, Animation Short Form Matthew Hall, Jason Oliver, Goeun Lee, MPSE, James Miller, Carlos Sanches, Aran Tanchum, Vincent Guisetti Nominated
Daytime Emmy Awards[38][39] Outstanding Children's Animated Series Guillermo del Toro, Marc Guggenheim, Chad Hammes, Rodrigo Blaas, Christina Steinberg, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Lawrence Jonas Nominated
Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, Aaron Waltke, Chad Quandt, AC Bradley Won
Outstanding Sound Editing - Animation Matt Hall, Goeun Lee, James Miller, James Oliver, Aran Tanchum, Stacey Michaels, Vincent Guilsetti, Alex Ulrich Nominated
Outstanding Main Title and Graphic Design Rodrigo Blaas, Andy Erekson, Jonathan Catalan, Dai Weier, David M.V. Jones, John Laus, Title Sequence storyboarded by Michael Smukavic Nominated
BAFTA[40] International Animation Rodrigo Blaas, Marc Guggenheim, Chad Hammes Nominated
2019 Annie Awards Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children[41] "Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia" Nominated
Animated Effects in an Animated Production "Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia" Won
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for an Animated Program[42] Marc Guggenheim, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman, AC Bradley, Chad Quandt, Lila Scott and Aaron Waltke Nominated
Outstanding Directing for an Animated Program Rodrigo Blaas, Elaine Bogan, Guillermo del Toro, Johane Matte, Andrew Schmidt Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing For An Animated Program Carlos Sanches Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing For An Animated Program Matt Hall, Otis Van Osten, Jason Oliver, Aran Tanchum, Vincent Guisetti Nominated

Tales of Arcadia

Main article: Tales of Arcadia

On November 6, 2017, show creator Guillermo del Toro announced that Trollhunters would be expanded into a trilogy of animated series known as Tales of Arcadia.[43] The trilogy was continued by a sci-fi animated series known as 3Below: Tales of Arcadia, which centers on two royal aliens and their bodyguard who escape from their home planet and crash-land on Earth in Arcadia, where Trollhunters also takes place. There, the aliens adjust to human culture and try to fix their spaceship to return and take back their home planet, which is being taken over by an evil dictator. 3Below premiered on Netflix in 2018. The trilogy then was concluded with the animated series Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, in which wizard-in-training named Douxie Casperan must embark on a time-bending adventure to medieval Camelot in a battle with the Arcane Order. The limited series premiered on Netflix on August 7, 2020.

Tales of Arcadia will end with a full-length feature film entitled Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans, which brings together the three disparate worlds of trolls, aliens and wizards who have found themselves drawn to Arcadia, "...culminating in an apocalyptic battle for the control of magic that will ultimately determine the fate of these supernatural worlds that have now converged". The film was announced on August 7, 2020, and was released globally on Netflix on Wednesday, July 21, 2021.[43]


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