Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia that is, and yes. This is my first time writing about the fantastic animated series, and yes. I’m so excited about it. Personally, because I’m a huge fan of Guillermo Del Toro, and I adore pretty much everything he makes.That includes his guest spots at his friend’s video games. I’m looking at you Hideo Kojima. Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia is one of his best creations, and I’m here to fan-girl about it. As I did fan-girl about Guillermo Del Toro in plenty of other articles before. But I digress.
Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia (The Game VS The TV Show)
First and foremost, I believe a word or two is very much in need of something else. The video game that actually inspired this post. Indeed. I’m talking about Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia.
Yes, we currently have Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia on sale, and if you’re a fan of the TV series, then you should check the video game too. Developed by WayForward and published by Outright Games Ltd, Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia allows you to jump into the world of Trollhunters. As Jim Lake Jr no less. And you must stop Porgon the Trickster Troll and his sneaky plans here. So, you can team up with Claire in couch co-op and also get a helping hand from lots more loved characters. All to face unknown evil forces and help stop the Time-apocalypse! The fate of the universe is in your hands!
Emile Hirsch provides the voice for Jim in the video game and Tatiana Maslany is in it too. But I can’t forget about everyone’s favorite Tom Kenny who voices three separate characters. Gut, NotEnrique, and Gnomes. Make sure to check it out here.
But what are some of the Steam users saying about Trollhunters: Defenders of Arcadia?
*My family and I love the Trollhunters series and while this game may be aimed a bit more towards young children, it was an absolute blast to play! Says P1n3Appl3pUnch in his comment.
*While themeltingpat says A fun platformer that plays a lot like Aladdin on SNES.
However, let’s get back to the topic at hand. Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia- the animated TV show. What makes it so great? And what can you expect from the upcoming movie?
Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia: What’s So Great About It?
Well because first and foremost Guillermo Del Toro is the creator of the show. Which all in itself should be a sign of quality. But this particular animated science fantasy/adventure TV show is also adapted from his own book. Indeed. His 2015 novel Trollhunters which he co-wrote with Daniel Kraus.
And in it, James “Jim” Lake Jr. When he finds a mysterious amulet he accidentally stumbles across a secret realm inhabited by trolls and other magical creatures. So, Jim and his friends are charged with the task of protecting our world from the dangerous monsters that lurk in the shadows. It’s not an easy task, and his enemies take many shapes and sizes. But that new responsibility comes with new challenges, and he must also learn to navigate this new double life.
Fantastic Cast And Crew
Let’s start with the obvious. The cast and crew of Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia is top-notch, but I do have some favorites that I think are true stand-outs. First and foremost it’s the late Anton Yelchin in the role of Jim. The young actor did a good job I must admit. And I enjoyed his voice performance, as much as I did the voice acting of his successor. Emile Hirsch. But there are a few actors that I loved even more than Anton, and two of those are Jonathan Hyde and Ron Perlman.
Seriously, Ron Perlman is really a no-brainer. He’s been a fixture of every Del Toro project since Cronos. And he’s once again fantastic as Bular. But Jonathan Hyde as Jim’s teacher, Waltolomew ‘Walter’ Stricklander ‘Strickler’ is also amazing. Oh, and don’t let me forget about Kelsey Grammer in the role of Blinkous “Blinky” Galadrigal. Jim’s troll mentor. Steven Yeun, Clancey Brown, Anjelica Huston and my boy Tom Hiddleston are also amazing.
Entertaining and Stylish TV Show
It really is. You rarely witness a show these days that’s not all show and not an ounce of substance. Those are a dime a dozen really. Hollywood is extremely inclined these days in portraying the visually glossy and pleasing side of their projects, and to have nothing to show for in the structure. But thankfully Trollhunters is anything but. Sure, the show is aimed at a much younger audience. But at the same time, it has depth and complexities that make it a joy for a more mature/older audience to enjoy. I certainly did.
Also, it has a nice blend of whimsical and lighthearted humor along with more serious, pressing themes. Themes as responsibility, willingness to learn and always asking questions. Not to mention the relationships between the characters are believable and they do affect the general plotline too. And speaking of the characters… They all have a nice balance of virtues and flaws in them. Just think. Jim is terrified yet courageous. Toby is clumsy and overweight yet smart and resourceful. Claire is a sweet and Shakespeare-loving girl and yet she kick-ass like no other. I can go on and on, but you get my point.
The Trolls Are Awesome!
To be perfectly honest, Binky is my favorite troll of them all. And I’d very much like to know who’s yours too. But I liked the imagination that was put not only on the creations of the trolls. The entire world is immersive, entertaining and engaging. For kids and adults alike. I mean, I loved it and I’m not a teenager per se. There are plot twists, that quite frankly surprise you and catch you off guard. And there is also plenty of character development to not have to rely on plot twists to become more entertaining. But I think probably the greatest compliment about Trollhunters is that it transcends age. Furthermore, the show has a lot of warmth and heart to keep you glued to the TV. And to keep you wanting more. I highly recommend it, and I can’t wait for the movie to come out.
Watch out for Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans!
Yes, Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans is arriving soon, and I’m of course talking about the full-length feature film. July cannot come any faster, that’s all I’m gonna say. And aside from the usual voice cast (well from the TV show anyway), Nick Frost, Nick Offerman are the latest additions to the cast.